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Old 05.03.2021, 06:42
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Re: Expat Gaffes

I was in the coffee room describing my skiing that weekend. "It was ok, but the snow was a bit mushy".

My colleagues didn't know the word "mushy", so I looked it up. My (female) boss went a little red, and started laughing. My colleagues later told me I'd use a word (I don't remember what it was) that was local dialect for the state of an aroused woman's genitals...
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Old 05.03.2021, 07:18
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someone i know was at a job interview and was asked why she was changing jobs. she wanted to say that she wanted to make a lateral move. as the interview as in german, she said the reason for wanting a change was "Seitensprung". she did not get the job.
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Old 05.03.2021, 11:42
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Learned the hard way that when you want to talk about your cat in french the t is silent....very, very silent

Well the vet had a good laugh, me not so much
I'm intrigued .... what does it mean if you pronounce the T?
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Old 05.03.2021, 11:44
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I'm intrigued .... what does it mean if you pronounce the T?
"pussycat", albeit without the "cat".

And it's spelt "chatte" in this case (which is why you pronounce the 't'). It also means female cat.

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Old 05.03.2021, 11:47
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"pussycat", albeit without the "cat".

And it's spelt "chatte" in this case (which is why you pronounce the 't'). It also means female cat.

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it sounds like twatte
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I'd say most people in the UK won't know the origin of twat and only know it as the above definition.
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Oh I’m pretty sure they would..... and I’m pretty sure you’d know about it
I think in context quite a few people would know it could be used in an anatomical sense, but in the UK it almost never is and in most part any such connection is lost. Is it still common to use it that way in the US?
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Old 05.03.2021, 11:55
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I'm intrigued .... what does it mean if you pronounce the T?
the same as in NotAllthere's post but rougher.
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I was in the coffee room describing my skiing that weekend. "It was ok, but the snow was a bit mushy".

My colleagues didn't know the word "mushy", so I looked it up. My (female) boss went a little red, and started laughing. My colleagues later told me I'd use a word (I don't remember what it was) that was local dialect for the state of an aroused woman's genitals...
Don't know what other word you used but "muschi" is German for pussy. Maybe the other word was "moist"?

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Ah, I guess the doctor was a gynecologist, or not, depending on RufusB's understanding of the term.
My understanding of the word twat is very clear, ta.


But it's not exclusive to gynae professionals. I think most adult women understand the etymology of the term. Most Britain swearwords are sexual. I'm enjoying the current trend for folk making their own up in order to express frustration/disbelief etc. Lots of fun portmanteau-ing going on.



The American pronunciation as "twot" always baffles me. It should rhyme with hat, not snot. Unless they've looked at "what" and adjusted accordingly.


I like wazzock and pillock too, but they're pretty tame now. "Melt" is quite popular.
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Old 05.03.2021, 12:55
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Don't know what other word you used but "muschi" is German for pussy. Maybe the other word was "moist"?
Exactly.

My kids thought it was hilarious when we were talking about fish and chips and I mentioned 'mushy peas'.
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"Melt" is quite popular.
Yes but it appears to have a specific meaning. Someone who's gone a bit soft for something or someone or who easily "melts".
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Old 05.03.2021, 13:20
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I like wazzock
Ah the Great Hairy Wazzock.

On one project, we were coming with with a project name. An English expat proposed CON. A matronly French member of our team went bright red, and someone more converstant with French quickly made another suggestion.
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Old 05.03.2021, 13:50
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expat gaffe - one we witnessed on someone else was some tourists asking for ketchup for their steak frites in a french bistrot, the chef or waiter said that it didn't exist in his restaurant...he then proceeded to swear all the way to the kitchen as he walked past our table...


also this thread has become a slang thread lol . can the swissies here pls tell me some swiss slang? so far we have mushy peas which is a no-no?
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Old 05.03.2021, 13:58
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"Patata" in Italian means the same as "muschi" in German.

It also means potato.

"Fico" means "fig", "fica" and "figa" mean the same as the above.

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Old 05.03.2021, 14:02
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Had to translate that term but that is too funny!
yeah. makes me think of this: https://youtu.be/MVynXagaYVw?t=59
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Old 05.03.2021, 14:08
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Ah the Great Hairy Wazzock.

On one project, we were coming with with a project name. An English expat proposed CON. A matronly French member of our team went bright red, and someone more converstant with French quickly made another suggestion.
CON has several meanings in french, one of which is "mushy peas".

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Old 05.03.2021, 16:10
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It means in general someone who behaves or has behaved in a way they shouldn't or that should embarrass them and in the US you might call them a prick or a dick. Just like you probably wouldn't use those terms in polite company you also wouldn't use the word twat either, although twat is slightly further up the scale.

I'd say most people in the UK won't know the origin of twat and only know it as the above definition. You say you're from the US, where I thought the original meaning had been retained but maybe that's why you never heard it. You used to hear it in old American porno movies. "Twat" is like the female version of "dick both literally and figuratively but the literal case doesn't exist in the UK". If you call someone a dick you're not literally calling them a penis. If you call someone a twat you're not literally calling them a vagina. Ask a man to show you their dick they'll know what you mean (and it'll likely get you in trouble). Ask a woman to show you her twat and they'll likely have no clue what you're talking about.

So, I'm not really sure from your post what it is that you thought you had done so wrong. Calling people twats is kind of vulgar and uncouth in any case but it wasn't like you were describing people as c*nts which certainly would have been a faux pas and would have gotten you thrown out. Sadly the c-word is starting to become common in normal casual talk in the UK and the people who use it like that are likely ones who would call any well-spoken individual a twat if not worse. For someone like me of the x-generation it's still pretty much taboo.

Oh and "twatted" means very drunk (behaving like a twat)
Certainly as a teenager growing up in the North West in the 1990s both the anatomical and pejorative meanings were well understood and used. At that time there wasn‘t a huge amount of difference in shock value between that and the word which is auto-moderated, although in the intervening years it does seem like the shock factor of one has increased and the other decreased.

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It's become/became very 'de rigueur' to use these pseudo shakespearean combination terms like cockwomble etc. but I think you're a smug ponce if you use them but you might think I'm a c*nt for using the term "de rigeur".
IMO the combination of cock and socket into a single word is the anatomical equivalent of twat and takes on both meanings. I‘m not convinced combining cock and a litter collecting inhabitant of Wimbledon Common has quite the same imagery.
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It used to be quite common to hear the British expression 'I could really murder a fag'
I am afraid to google it but some British comedian was telling about being in America, (maybe Mike Harding) seems they were hungry after a gig and the build up to the joke was about "murdering an Indian." As in going for a curry, I mention this so that there is no misunderstanding.
A naff joke but somehow it stuck in my memory. And one fine day in Kansas after finishing the days toil we were discussing about where to get some food I got the chance to deliver and I said in my best Lancashire: "Eee Ah cud murder un Indian"
In the aftermath I must admit that it was funnier in my head than in reality.
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Old 05.03.2021, 19:48
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I had a Spanish speaking friend. She once returned from work a bit exhausted. Asked her how her day was and she replied: "Well, I had a lot of work to do, and my boss kept on molesting me.'


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I had been talking to some other British expats in Belgium and had been told tales of overflowing septic tanks as they had not realised they needed to get them emptied. Next day I phoned our landlord and asked him for the “location” of our septic tank, soon after he arrived with a big grin on his face and assured me that I need not worry, it was included in our rent and that the “placement” was to the side of the house.
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