Words Brits use that Americans don't?

Discussion in 'U.K.' started by Candy Gal, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    You sound like a Brit. Lol
     
  2. Varmint

    Varmint Member

    There certainly are far worse things to sound like. I've managed to encounter some amazing brits. My dad still tells tales of his youth in the army during WW2 and his own encounters with them.
     
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  3. Candy Gal

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    I love the American accents. I go all week at the knees. x
     
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  4. Varmint

    Varmint Member

    Is it that southern drawl? The Texas version? New York & Boston accents?
     
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  5. Varmint

    Varmint Member

    Back in 7th grade I had a history teacher named Gary Oiler. Nice guy. Fun. Hilarious, in fact. He had the misfortune of earning the nickname of "Gumby". When he'd get mad he'd come over, get down in my face and say: "Son, if'n yew don't get busy, you and me are goin' rrrooouund and roouunnd!" Predictably, this struck me as even more hilarious and I just couldn't stop laughing hysterically. Mind you... I wasn't being disrespectful, but his accent and delivery were comedy gold! Another of his regular lines was "Son, whyyy do you do these things...?" This guy never failed to elicit peals of laughter from the entire class.

    Fast forward nearly 20 years to a construction site I was working on. I'd done something that rankled my superintendant, and he came right up to me. All 110 lbs and 5'-4" of him. Just like Barney Fife. And, I kid you not, he said: "Son, whyyyy do you do these things?"

    The first thing that popped into my smartass head was: OMG!! IT'S GUMBY!!" and right there I lost my shit in a hysterical fit of maniacal laughter. Poor guy thought I was being disrespectful even though he had no clue who he'd reminded me of.

    My general forman was an old friend of dad's, and he'd even babysat for me when I was a child. He paid me a visit soon and told me he was instructed to fire me on the spot, but the guy stuck for me and told the superintendant there was a lot more to the story. Of course, when he told me all this, he asked: "WTF IS GOING THROUGH THAT GODDAMED HEAD OF YOURS?! Huh?! What is wrong with you??!!

    Now, if you know me at all, you just KNOW that, sure as shit, this elicited another maniacal fit of hilarity from me. Just couldn't stop.

    <me> "Go ahead and fire me, boss! I'm still gonna' be cracking up all the way out the gate and home, and when dad calls to chew me out it'll start all over again. Can't help it; THAT SHIT'S FUNNY!!" I finally calmed down enough to tell him why I cracked up. He looked at me like I'd stepped off of a martian space ship. I'm tellin' you... It was absolute gold! If only that poor guy knew how my day was made by those two. In fact, some years later there was yet another guy just like him at a power plant I worked on. Lawd, those guys made work fun!
     
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  6. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    yessss xxxx
     
  7. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    About time we got more of your stories. xxxx
     
  8. Varmint

    Varmint Member

    Careful, girl. You share these tales around and someone's gonna' think you're making me up!
     
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  9. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    I miss your wonderful memories. X
     
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