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Old 04.03.2021, 22:24
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Expat Gaffes

I just responded to a post RufusB made as she termed a doctor as a "twatbadger" and I laughed out loud because it was a perfect term and it brought back memories of my days in London.

And so, my OH and I lived in London for 10 plus years and very early on in our years there, I don't know why, but for some reason I equated "twat" with the US equivalent of an "entitled" male public school boy aka a pompous, arrogant ass. And so I tended to use this term freely when describing such a male

Ummm - Yes! What a debacle that was on perhaps many occasions! Thankfully, eventually, some kind London soul politely asked me what I thought "twat" meant.

I am laughing as I type this as I had ZERO clue! And, back in the day, I was a member at the Queens Club in London. Imagine, how many I offended???

Why they continued to play and friend me...who knows? I was told that I got away with a lot because I was an American and they couldn't gauge my accent.

That said, I was always happy to play with anyone who asked me - regardless of their ability; I played college tennis back in the day and I was a reasonable player (You would never know that now given my lousy form though ...lol!). Ahh...age wreaks havoc (for some!)

Anyway... anyone else have a expat gaffe they made inadvertently?
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Old 04.03.2021, 22:34
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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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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.
Had to translate that term but that is too funny!
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I've made a few in my day but the best one to memory was when i was at a party and I was telling stories about HK days. I grew up in HK and we used to refer to my friends and myself sometimes as "hongkies." So there I was blabbing on about some funny story that had happened to us back in the day, saying "we Hongkies are better than _____ (insert comparison to SG/Msia etc) at _____. " (the usual boasting "we are better than you" at food, shops, jobs etc)
I did get some odd looks but i didn't think anything of it till later when my American friend explained to me that "honky" has an altogether different meaning to it...


....so now i refer to HK folk as HKers....
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And so, my OH and I lived in London for 10 plus years and very early on in our years there, I don't know why, but for some reason I equated "twat" with the US equivalent of an "entitled" male public school boy aka a pompous, arrogant ass. And so I tended to use this term freely when describing such a male
Well you weren't wrong. It means both;

1. a stupid or obnoxious person.
2. a woman's genitals.

Although I wouldn't say it in polite company, I would use it in the form "He's a complete twat!" with friends. Same as "He's a knob" I guess!!
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Well you weren't wrong. It means both;

1. a stupid or obnoxious person.
2. a woman's genitals.

Although I wouldn't say it in polite company, I would use it in the form "He's a complete twat!" with friends. Same as "He's a knob" I guess!!
Well, I lived in London in the 90s and so perhaps that word wasn't quite so acceptable? Words take on different meanings over time. Hey, maybe I was ahead of myself ...lol
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Well, I lived in London in the 90s and so perhaps that word wasn't quite so acceptable? Words take on different meanings over time. Hey, maybe I was ahead of myself ...lol
Maybe you even started that usage of the word
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every c-u-n-t in the 90s in London was a bit of a twat.

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Maybe you even started that usage of the word
Don't I wish I could leave such a legacy
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I don't know why, but for some reason I equated "twat" with the US equivalent of an "entitled" male public school boy aka a pompous, arrogant ass. And so I tended to use this term freely when describing such a male
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)
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I admit to preferring cocksocket. It confuses the shit out of my neighbour when I call him that.
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Well, I lived in London in the 90s and so perhaps that word wasn't quite so acceptable? Words take on different meanings over time. Hey, maybe I was ahead of myself ...lol
Island Monkey is right so tell us what you thought twat meant after that guy explained it to you.
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I admit to preferring cocksocket. It confuses the shit out of my neighbour when I call him that.
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".
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Ask a woman to show you her twat and they'll likely have no clue what you're talking about.
Just tried that on Mrs Parker. Confirmed.
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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".
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Just tried that on Mrs Parker. Confirmed.
did she hold up a mirror to you?
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Ask a woman to show you her twat and they'll likely have no clue what you're talking about.
Oh I’m pretty sure they would..... and I’m pretty sure you’d know about it
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I just responded to a post RufusB made as she termed a doctor as a "twatbadger"
Ah, I guess the doctor was a gynecologist, or not, depending on RufusB's understanding of the term.
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A friend was giving a practical presentation to a group of chemistry students at Geneva University nearly forty years ago and he was to be assisted by his female lab technician.
He began the lecture by saying "laissse moi introduire Brigit". She glared at him, said that only her gynecologist was allowed to do that. She then left the room, and refused to speak to him for weeks.
It was only after we'd stopped laughing enough to explain that the poor bloke realised he'd asked to be allowed to insert Brigit rather than 'present' her to his audience.

The story's still repeated in university circles, my son heard it as recently as a couple of months ago!
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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
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It used to be quite common to hear the British expression 'I could really murder a fag'
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