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This explains mufti, looks like a military appropriation of a word.
We used it to indicate civilian clothing or civvies.
Didnt know bint was a borrowed word, thank you.
Blimey, translating hull into American, who knew lol.
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Suzy Dent on 'Countdown' does a party piece explaining word origins. 'Couch Potato', meaning a slob sat in front of the telly is of US origin. Early TV's displayed on a Cathode Ray Tube, abbreviated to watching 'the tube'. Therefore a person watching the tube must be a 'tuber', which as we all know is a potato. Odd that 'Couch Potato' caught on in the UK even though the underlying pun didn't cross the Atlantic.
In the US glass electronic vacuum valves are called 'tubes' whereas in the UK we call them 'valves'. Except - unless you know different - British CRTs have never been CRVs.
QI explained that 'ptarmigan' is only spelled that way because the dictionary got it wrong, incorrectly assuming the bird's name was Greek in origin and should be spelt with a silent 'p' as in psychiatrist and pneumatic. Completely wrong, tarmigan isn't Greek. Not only that, but 'p's aren't silent in the original Greek either. You'd have to be puh-sychic to know that...
Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 27/04/2019 09:38:49
|John Reese||27/04/2019 22:39:16|
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Here in the US I was a bit startled when a Scottish lady told me to keep my pecker up.
|mark costello 1||28/04/2019 19:05:42|
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John what else could it mean? Don't know that one. Lancaster, Ohio, the other one.
|Michael Gilligan||28/04/2019 19:15:28|
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... and swimming pool
|Brian Oldford||28/04/2019 21:16:28|
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Not silent from the top diving board.
|Neil Wyatt||28/04/2019 21:40:50|
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