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Author Topic: Attn Brits!  (Read 2837 times)

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Offline 404error

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Attn Brits!
« on: September 26, 2007, 11:46:14 PM »
I need help deciphering some song lyrics.  I don't get all British slang and I've been listening to a fair amount of UK garage/hip hop/indie rock and don't know what the following words mean;

1. Geezer
2. Marlon (I think it's a drink of some kind)
3. Larry/Leery/Lairy (don't know how to spell it)
4. Sharp Darts

That's all that comes to mind for now but I'm sure there's more...
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Offline md

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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007, 03:05:00 AM »
I need help deciphering some song lyrics.  I don't get all British slang and I've been listening to a fair amount of UK garage/hip hop/indie rock and don't know what the following words mean;

1. Geezer
2. Marlon (I think it's a drink of some kind)
3. Larry/Leery/Lairy (don't know how to spell it)
4. Sharp Darts

That's all that comes to mind for now but I'm sure there's more...

Geezer: an ordinary person, a "bloke", often "old geezer" (but that doesn't mean that the person is actually old)

Marlon: brandy (supposedly from Marlon Brando)

Leery: wary

Sharp Darts: song by The Streets http://www.the-streets.co.uk/

Offline manchesteruk

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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007, 04:44:39 AM »
Most of those are generally heard in the south of england really.  Geezer basically is just another way of saying man.  Lairy is used to describe someone who is behaving aggressively.  Sharp Darts I suspect is some sort of cockney rhyming slang i'll try find out what that one is.  Cocky Rhyming slang is great by the way! http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/
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Offline mjmel

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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007, 05:36:42 AM »
One kinda related comment: It did surprised me at the AMG in San Francisco that I could understand Chris (Manchester) quite well. No problems at at all.
Debbra was another matter.
Still love the English accent and it's an added bonus when I can actually understand the words.
 ;)
Mike

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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007, 09:11:47 AM »
Leery is also in American dictionaries to be wary or suspicious of someone.  Are you sure you don't mean lorry as in
" Me ole china was leery of the lorry driver wanting a cuppa Rosie after getting Brahms and Liszt!"

"My friend was wary of the truck driver wanting a cup of tea after getting drunk"
Ali who lived  up the road from the Bow Bells

p.s not all cockney rhymes such as "pine apple " and yob.  Alot of cockney is also reversed english- yob- boy, just rabbiting on!
« Last Edit: September 27, 2007, 09:31:08 AM by alisenjafi »
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Offline manchesteruk

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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2007, 02:11:54 PM »
One kinda related comment: It did surprised me at the AMG in San Francisco that I could understand Chris (Manchester) quite well. No problems at at all.
Debbra was another matter.
Still love the English accent and it's an added bonus when I can actually understand the words.
 ;)
Mike

Strange isn't Mike some people had the problem the other way round they could understand Debra but not me.  Some people even thought we were Australian!
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Offline Cliff

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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2007, 04:07:51 PM »
In the hotel elevator, a guest asked me where I lived and I told him (London).  He then says, well welcome to our country.  ummmm hello, can't you hear my American accent.

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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2007, 04:57:33 PM »
Refer him to your maps in the other thread, Cliff.
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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2007, 09:15:42 PM »
Strange isn't Mike some people had the problem the other way round they could understand Debra but not me.  Some people even thought we were Australian!
I could understand Melia, Cliff, englishgirl and the ozzies but had to get poor Chris repeat many times what he was saying to me. Must be the northern accent.

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Offline Robert

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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2007, 09:53:04 PM »
Milker....

you kill me.  YOu really do.


robert

Modified to add this was supposed to be posted to the Hate Crime Bill thread and in response to Milker's comment about Sen. Craig.  I have no idea how it got here.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2007, 10:07:57 PM by Robert »
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Offline Robert

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Re: Attn Brits!
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2007, 10:00:06 PM »
Cliff.

YOu have a very soft, dulcet voice that I would hardly call "American"

Thirty 35 years ago (yeah I'm getting old) I was in Budapest at the opera.  My friend and I were talking and we were interrupted by the couple behind us who asked us where we were from.  When I told them (US) they found it hard to believe.  I guess they had never heard  someone from Colorado although my friends here in California think I have a New England accent.

robert
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