Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

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Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:23 pm

My nomination for today: chav.

It's such a useful word, wider ranging than some other words, with no racial connotations.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:28 pm

We don't have chavs here, the closest thing would be maybe "dude ****" or "little ****."
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:32 pm

Yeah, but "juvenile delinquent" doesn't quite have the same ring to it. And, they're doing the same things as chavs, just different clothing.

And the word that normally applies to the delinquents around here is one that has strong enough racial connotations that repeating it here would not be wise. (N-word, with a w substituted for the n when the delinquent is white.)
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:43 pm

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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:47 pm

Voldenuit wrote:Not the walking kind, the one in your car.

Ah, the one that so confuses owners of real VW Beetles when they're asked to lift their bonnet.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:02 pm

We should use pip pip tallyho more often too.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:07 pm

Fragnificent wrote:We don't have chavs here, the closest thing would be maybe "dude ****" or "little ****."


Down south we have "trash." White trash, trailer trash, ghetto trash, and trashy clothes/behavior/etc. I learned the versatility of the word from my sweet old grandma. I don't know what other connotations chav has, but it sounds like there's a significant bit of overlap.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:57 pm

Contingency wrote:Down south we have "trash." White trash, trailer trash, ghetto trash, and trashy clothes/behavior/etc. I learned the versatility of the word from my sweet old grandma. I don't know what other connotations chav has, but it sounds like there's a significant bit of overlap.

Add US Southern trailer trash (of all varieties) to living in UK government-run housing (council estates) and you've got a right chav.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:10 pm

I nominate the word Bunghole. I haven't really heard it much since Beavis and Butthead, and I think it's a funny word.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:11 pm

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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:19 pm

We generally use the word "ned" (or Non Educated Delinquent) rather than "chav", but the effect is much the same. =)
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:26 pm

Mentawl wrote:We generally use the word "ned" (or Non Educated Delinquent) rather than "chav", but the effect is much the same. =)

Some say I resemble that remark. 8)
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:06 am

Hack and hacker in a positive connotation.

I'm far from the first to ask for that, but...
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:07 am

Pillock is a great word. So is incredulous, which is underused.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:35 am

How about the proper use of 'have' instead of 'of' :roll:
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:01 am

Mentawl wrote:We generally use the word "ned" (or Non Educated Delinquent) rather than "chav", but the effect is much the same. =)

I have never heard this term in my life.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:27 am

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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:56 am

How about 'dink'? 'Double income no kids' generally referred to a married couple that both work but don't have any kids.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:57 am

MadManOriginal wrote:How about the proper use of 'have' instead of 'of' :roll:

I underline this proposal.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:27 am

I'm a big believer that "knave" should be shouted with greater frequency.

I also think more people should speak with cheesy '30s mobster accents and finish more sentences with, "Myeh, see?"
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:47 am

"rapscallion" and "scallywag"
"coot" and "codger" (both prefaced with "old")
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:32 am

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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:31 am

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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:40 am

Mayhaps should be said more. I try and use it once a day. I also like to use 'Curses!' as an expletive.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:07 am

Hubris is a favorite word of mine.

Someone had said 'knave' and i agree that one too.
I like 'doohicky' but i dont know if thats an actual word.

edit: and mayhap. that word rocks.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:08 am

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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:09 am

I vote for "frack". =-)
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:19 am

Corrado wrote:Mayhaps should be said more. I try and use it once a day. I also like to use 'Curses!' as an expletive.


I see your 'curses' and raise you a 'drat.'
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:39 am

boing wrote:bollocks
Definitely! There is far too much use of the F word when there are so many better alternatives.

I also like the use of spanner, pillock or plonker depending on how bad the disaster is and the degree of affection for the perpetrator.
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Re: Words that should be common use in US English, but aren't

Postposted on Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:43 am

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