Help with English

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Saint, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    "In" is used more often. We do often say "on the job," but that normally refers to a person who is working RIGHT NOW, not somebody who does very good work but just happens to be taking a lunch break at this moment.
     
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  3. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    And another meaning we will not mention on a family friendly forum

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  5. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Sucked up also rude?
     
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  7. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    How about "talk cock"?
     
  8. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Fuck up:

    continually makes foolish mistakes and doesn't learn.
    "Dave was a fuckup. He was constantly ruining good situations for selfish reasons."
     
  9. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Is it a taboo for teacher to talk about masturbation in class?
    Another word is wanking.
     
  10. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Yes, although it's generally accepted.
    Definitely, unless it's for older students.
    I think that one is more common in the U.K., but most Americans understand it.
     
  11. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I've never heard that. Sorry!
     
  12. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    I seem to recall in England "talking cock and bull" for rubbish

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  13. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I'll have to look up references, but I think a "cock and bull" story is akin to a shaggy dog joke.

    Edit: 1776 is a good post count...
     
  14. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Sucking up TO somebody - e.g. to curry favor - is a bad thing.

    Sucking IT up, or manning up or cowboying up - i.e. getting it done in spite of the obstacles - is a good thing.
     
  15. Baldeee Valued Senior Member

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    Maybe it has its place in a "sex education" class, but not in a maths class.

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    There again, we did use to call our teacher a wanker!

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  16. Baldeee Valued Senior Member

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    A cock and bull story is generally just a story that is considered fanciful and wildly exaggerated.
    It stems from a couple of pubs that would almost try to outdo each other in the stories told.

    A shaggy dog story is a long, rambling story/joke where the joke is more in the telling, the journey, rather than the punchline.
     
  17. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Granted, shaggy dog stories generally end with, "And then I died.", or something similar. I've died so many times...

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  18. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    tak cock means talk nonsense or bullshit
     
  19. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Can the teacher say "God damns it", "I don't give a damn" to the pupils?
     
  20. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    how about asshole?
     
  21. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    without further ado = without any delay ?
     
  22. Baldeee Valued Senior Member

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    Without any further delay, I.e. Suggesting that there has already been some delay.
     
  23. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    "Ado" is also "fuss" or unimportant time-wasting. Note Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
     

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