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(Some Manky Guy)   Finally, an official British Slang Dictionary. "Queer as a nine bob note" may or may not mean what you think it does, depending on if you know what a nine bob note is   (peevish.co.uk) divider line 56
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2012-11-03 02:34:36 AM
Nine bob note is worth approximately 2/3 of a three dollar bill.
 
2012-11-03 04:40:06 AM
Subby, my marriage is what it is.
 
2012-11-03 07:47:08 AM
Wot's all this then?
 
2012-11-03 07:50:24 AM
Meh... Still no explanation of how Robert came to be known as my uncle.
 
2012-11-03 07:51:56 AM
I read that at first as "nine boob note".... kinda made me think of Total Recall for a second there.
 
2012-11-03 07:52:16 AM
Stewardess, I speak jive.
 
2012-11-03 07:52:19 AM
Can you spend them at Taco Bell?
 
2012-11-03 07:57:20 AM
Oh, I am going to have fun with this! Thanks subby.
 
2012-11-03 08:04:49 AM
one on't cross beams gone owt askew on treddle Noun. A request for a Spanish Inquisition
 
2012-11-03 08:06:13 AM

Unobtanium: one on't cross beams gone owt askew on treddle Noun. A request for a Spanish Inquisition


No wonder no one ever expects it...
 
2012-11-03 08:10:40 AM
Subby -- I'm pretty sure you did it wrong.
 
2012-11-03 08:10:56 AM
I prefer my slang to be Austrailian. Deadset.

/think I woke up drunk
//Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday
///three times and you're playing with it
 
2012-11-03 08:13:46 AM
i184.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-03 08:15:07 AM
Finally, an official British Slang Dictionary. "Queer as a nine bob note" may or may not mean what you think it does, depending on if whether you know what a nine bob note is

Still no cure for FARK English.
 
2012-11-03 08:16:29 AM
Many, but not all of these are used in New Zealand too (and the rest of the Commonwealth, I imagine). The difference between the US and British interpretations of "fanny" can be most amusing.
 
2012-11-03 08:22:52 AM

thisispete: Many, but not all of these are used in New Zealand too (and the rest of the Commonwealth, I imagine). The difference between the US and British interpretations of "fanny" can be most amusing.


I know that in England, they call pizza "Italian Fanny".
 
2012-11-03 08:35:16 AM

Ebenator: thisispete: Many, but not all of these are used in New Zealand too (and the rest of the Commonwealth, I imagine). The difference between the US and British interpretations of "fanny" can be most amusing.

I know that in England, they call pizza "Italian Fanny".


Actually, we call it 'overpriced unhealthy cardboard'
 
2012-11-03 08:37:25 AM
I skimmed over the A listing and almost half are also American expressions.
 
2012-11-03 08:43:45 AM
Just like "As queer as a three dollar bill", before that word was co-opted.
 
2012-11-03 08:46:10 AM

EZ Writer: Meh... Still no explanation of how Robert came to be known as my uncle.


Here you go.
 
2012-11-03 08:47:00 AM
Slang dictionary fails if it can't be used to translate the RAF banter from Monty Python.
 
2012-11-03 08:47:14 AM

vinniethepoo: EZ Writer: Meh... Still no explanation of how Robert came to be known as my uncle.

Here you go.


Bleah, link fail. http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bob1.htm
 
2012-11-03 08:53:48 AM
So, how is your father?
 
2012-11-03 08:55:23 AM
i do that mean mr. mustard keeps a ten-bob note up his nose, so there's that.
 
2012-11-03 08:57:38 AM
Bob's your uncle.

/so family holidays are interesting
 
2012-11-03 08:59:41 AM

AMonkey'sUncle: Just like "As queer as a three dollar bill", before that word was co-opted.


You beat me to it.
 
2012-11-03 09:00:31 AM
Spent a decent amount of time in Australia, they seem to share a lot of these. Can say I was swooped by a Maggie.
 
2012-11-03 09:01:21 AM
Does it explain Cockney rhyming slang?
 
2012-11-03 09:15:12 AM

onyxruby: Spent a decent amount of time in Australia, they seem to share a lot of these. Can say I was swooped by a Maggie.


my favorite australianism is "that went over like a fart in a spacesuit."
 
2012-11-03 09:27:19 AM

SevenizGud: Finally, an official British Slang Dictionary. "Queer as a nine bob note" may or may not mean what you think it does, depending on if whether you know what a nine bob note is

Still no cure for FARK English.


I don't think anyone speaks English anymore except for the Canadians.

www.wearysloth.com

/ obscure? movie ain't, scene is, as it has no famous actors in it...
 
2012-11-03 09:27:41 AM
lol @ klingon
 
2012-11-03 09:30:17 AM

Lunaville: AMonkey'sUncle: Just like "As queer as a three dollar bill", before that word was co-opted.

You beat me to it.


Well, Robert is your father's brother!
 
2012-11-03 09:32:32 AM

All Latest: lol @ klingon


Where you been? We used to say toilet paper was like the Enterprise. It went around Uranus and wiped out Klingons.

Some cases they're not so original it seems.
 
2012-11-03 09:45:19 AM
The strange thing is that the phrase is "bent as a nine bob note" it means something or someone is dodgy. (Because you can't (couldn't) get a nine bob note). So it was undoubtedly a fake.

Bent has a few meanings from not legit to gay in english slang.
 
2012-11-03 09:45:55 AM
Wait... Fark's just finding out about this website now? I've had this site in my browser bookmarks since 2008, probably earlier.

So what's next? Letting people know about this book?
www.strandbooks.com

/in my bookcase since 1991
//stone the crows!
 
2012-11-03 09:57:10 AM

AMonkey'sUncle: All Latest: lol @ klingon

Where you been?


Norway. It seems that I have missed out on some of the finer parts of the english language.
 
2012-11-03 10:00:28 AM
Viva Hooky Street me old Mucka!
 
2012-11-03 10:19:27 AM
Camp as a row of tents.
 
2012-11-03 10:24:21 AM

PunkTiger: Wait... Fark's just finding out about this website now? I've had this site in my browser bookmarks since 2008, probably earlier.

So what's next? Letting people know about this book?
[www.strandbooks.com image 300x457]

/in my bookcase since 1991
//stone the crows!


That reminds me... This whole "Zed" thing is just wrong.

I mean, you can't seriously call them "Zed Zed Top" with a straight face.
 
2012-11-03 10:45:45 AM
Worthless without listing "Bob's your uncle"
 
2012-11-03 10:57:13 AM

FirstNationalBastard: PunkTiger: Wait... Fark's just finding out about this website now? I've had this site in my browser bookmarks since 2008, probably earlier.

So what's next? Letting people know about this book?
[www.strandbooks.com image 300x457]

/in my bookcase since 1991
//stone the crows!

That reminds me... This whole "Zed" thing is just wrong.

I mean, you can't seriously call them "Zed Zed Top" with a straight face.


Well, Rush has a tune named YYZ. In concert, they always announce it as "Why Why Zed".

- . - -
- . - -
- - . .

/ I am Bob
// I am your U.N.C.L.E.
 
2012-11-03 11:04:32 AM
Feed the Walrus We used to say 'get bent' for 'get lost' (that is go away) at school. Not heard it in that context for a long time though.

First National Bastard It's a name so we call them Zee Zee Top. Never heard anyone say 'zed' in that context. Anyway, isn't Zed dead?
 
2012-11-03 11:09:49 AM
If I correctly understand the vernacular, a "bob" is cockney for a shilling, which is one twentieth of a pound. A nine bob note would consequently be anomalous, although some banks may have issued bank notes in such a denomination in the past, as some banks occasionally issued odd denominations.

Pound sterling = 20 shillings, formerly a literal pound troy of sterling silver. Troy pounds have twelve ounces instead of the sixteen ounces of the pound Avoirdupois but the Troy ounce is slightly heavier.
Shilling = 12 pence. As in the old saying "A shilling a day is pretty good pay", equivalent to the old saying "A dollar a day is pretty good pay". This was true in the 1700s.
One pound was consequently 240 old pence until decimalization. It is now 100 new pence.

Various historical coins and denominations

Gold Sovereign= a coin of some consideration as it was made of gold and portrayed the Sovereign on one side. Very popular with the nobs and snobs but seldom seen by the masses.
Guinea=21 shillings. An obsolete coin used for over-charging snobs and the rich. Used mainly by haberdashers and other nobby service industries. Guineas became, after minting of them stopped, the Mrs. Grundy of the money world--a constant subject of conversation but never seen.

Six-pence. Six pennies. Famous in the phrase "Bang went six-pence!", the punch line of a cartoon in Punch magazine about a Scot visiting London.
Thruppence= three pennies, one quarter of a shilling.
Tuppence = two pennies, one sixth of a shilling.
ha' penny = one half of a penny, two farthings. The amount to be put in an old man's hat.
Farthing = a quarter of a penny. As in "not worth a farthing". A large copper coin worth about an American cent at one time. Hence the penny farthing bicycle, from the relative size of the coins and the wheels.

A bob. One shilling. Known for he "Bob a job" fund-raising campaign by the Boy Scouts.
A quid. One pound. Most commonly found in the phrase "Loan us a quid. We're good for it."

Huppence, fuppence = made-up coins created in a Warner Brothers cartoon parodying the adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Practice conversation

Gee us a bob willya?
I haven't got a bob to my name, but here, have a Richard.
Ooo! That's a big fat shiney one.

Translation:
Can you spare a buck, Mack?
Sorry. I do not have a dollar to my name. But here, have this turd. (Richard = Richard the Third = Turd in Cockney rhyming slang)
Ooo! You're eating high on the hog, aren't you?
 
2012-11-03 11:12:14 AM
Cabbage crates coming over the briny!
 
2012-11-03 11:17:10 AM

All Latest: AMonkey'sUncle: All Latest: lol @ klingon

Where you been?

Norway. It seems that I have missed out on some of the finer parts of the english language.


Beklager
 
2012-11-03 11:57:10 AM
slag tag

Noun. A tattoo located at the base of the spine, usually spread across the width of the back and often tribal in style. Cf. 'tramp stamp'.


slash

Verb. To urinate. Onomatopoeic.
Noun. An act of urination.
 
2012-11-03 01:11:24 PM
Some of these, like "clodhoppers" and "knee-high to a grasshopper", I'm familiar with because they're American hillbilly slang. I've read that a lot of "hill country" American English is pretty much the same as old (as in, two centuries old) British English, so I'm guessing that these are pieces of antique British slang that we've preserved over on our side of the pond.
 
2012-11-03 01:12:36 PM
The literal translation of "Queer as a nine bob note" is:

1. To change positions on fundamental issues to suit the political climate e.g. abortions or FEMA.
2. To represent an obscure but fundamentalist religion as benign in order to suit the political climate e.g.Mormonism.
3. To claim you will ostracize the largest nation on earth (one that currently holds all your debt) the moment you get in to power.
4. To liberate the masses by passing their accumulated wealth to those in the 1% top earnings bracket.
5. To regard 47% of the population as welfare scroungers or needy.

I don't know if there is an equivalent US expression for these things?
 
2012-11-03 01:33:50 PM

brantgoose: Practice conversation

Gee us a bob willya?
I haven't got a bob to my name, but here, have a Richard.
Ooo! That's a big fat shiney one.

Translation:
Can you spare a buck, Mack?
Sorry. I do not have a dollar to my name. But here, have this turd. (Richard = Richard the Third = Turd in Cockney rhyming slang)
Ooo! You're eating high on the hog, aren't you?


On the subject of Cockney Rhyming Slang, here's The Rev. McFarlane Lang. (YouTube Video)
 
2012-11-03 01:49:00 PM
i14.photobucket.com

I say, SMASHING yarn old sport. Top hole, what what?
 
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