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I always use terms like "bollocks," "wanker," "tenner," "fiver," etc. I even tend to use the English versions of certain obscenities. Needless to say, I sometimes get odd looks during conversations.

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Holy Grail, like The Big Lebowski and A Clockwork Orange, was one of those films that everyone I knew in school raved about and quoted ad nauseum...can't say I ever got into any of 'em.

 

As much as I dig British music and spellings, I generally can't cotton to their humour.

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Never saw The Big Lebowski or A Clockwork Orange, although I get the feeling I should. Caddyshack was probably the most quoted movie when I was in school. The must-see movie for my generation was St. Elmo's Fire.

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Well, I had a crush on Ally Sheedy after Wargames, so maybe I'm biased.

 

BTW, if you did too, you might want to avoid a movie called High Art. It was very disillusioning.

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How is it disillusioning?

 

I never really had celebrity crushes. The elitist in me liked to think that I was above that sort of thing. Nevertheless, I would do pretty much anything that Jennifer Connelly asked me to.

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Ahhh Jennifer Connelly. Or more specifically her character in A Beautiful Mind. I can almost relate to that lead character...except I'm not that smart.

 

Ally Sheedy was sort of an 80s icon -- a nice break between the anorexia of the 70s and the anorexia of the 90s. So when she actually HAD an eating disorder and then appeared in a movie where she is skinny and ODs, well, it was like killing a fond memory. Other than that, it was a pretty good movie :P ("Other than that, how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?")

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I always liked that Lincoln joke; I think it's even funnier when you ask Jackie how she liked Dallas. Anyway...

 

Jennifer Connelly was the only reason I could sit through Mulholland Falls. Or Inventing The Abbotts, for that matter.

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I use a ton of them. My grandma is British, which is where most of them come from. In normal conversation you will hear me say "Oi!" to get attention from someone, "Bloody Hell" as one of my many swear words upon expressing anger, and quite a few Spanish swear words too just because I know them.

 

Not sure I even want to know where "sacculus" originated from.

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I called someone something very very inappropriate today using British slang. To be fair, they were British, so it makes sense in context.

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I use a ton of them. My grandma is British, which is where most of them come from. In normal conversation you will hear me say "Oi!" to get attention from someone, "Bloody Hell" as one of my many swear words upon expressing anger, and quite a few Spanish swear words too just because I know them.

 

I didn't know "Oi!" was British in origin...I mean, I know about Oi! punk and all, but it's a fairly common term in PA as well...

 

As much as I dig Brit slang, I've never found myself using "bloody." I'm not sure why. Maybe it just strikes me as too "so what do you say, old chap?" for my liking.

 

 

 

I called someone something very very inappropriate today using British slang.

 

Care to share? Inquiring minds...;)

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I had the biggest crush on Ally Sheedy too when I saw "Short Circuit"...and then, decades later, she manages to creep me out with her recurring character on "Psych." :P

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I've started picking them up as a substitute for traditional swearing: "codswallop" is one example. Sometimes I've invented my own swears, and just as often I steal from the CCBBC: "Oh sacculus" is reasonably common, but one of my favorites is "OH SHIITAKE!" because it actually does sound like a real swear. It's not necessarily just because I find swearing is below me, but because I like to challenge myself and devise something more inventive as a consequence of staying family-friendly; oftentimes, it's been funnier than the original word could have been!

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one of my favorites is "OH SHIITAKE!"

 

I like that one!

 

Cockney slang is fun to use around here, 'cause no one knows what you're talking about. You can go around saying that John Doe is "a right James Blunt," and not only will people miss the slur, they dno't even know who James Blunt is!

 

(Of course, it's probably best for them if they don't know who James Blunt is.)

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One of my Aussie friends loves using the Japanese exclamation "Yosh!" a lot. :D

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One of my Aussie friends loves using the Japanese exclamation "Yosh!" a lot. :D

 

I say the Japanese word Sayonara sometimes instead of goodbye. You'd be surprised how many people don't know what that means.

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