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  • Lawcruncher
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    Words that change their meanings

    Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
    You are presumably referring to Section 5(3)(e) of the Housing Act 1988, and if Notice were to be served after the fixed term ended then the tenant would have security of tenure for 18 months at least it seems.
    Quite. Quite. (Had to say it twice to get up to ten characters.)

  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    Why? Is it just that you don't care for its products?
    It is the unethical practices of the company to which I (and many others) object; I have therefore no opinion on its products since I try to avoid buying them.

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  • jeffrey
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    Why? Is it just that you don't care for its products?

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    But isn't there Gold Bellend coffee?
    Yes, but it's made by a company which deserves to have as many swear words as possible heaped upon it, and preferably without asterisks. Since LLZ won't print the epithet I need, let's just say it rhymes with 'muckers'.

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    Just remembered another one. Bell end!
    But isn't there Gold Bellend coffee?

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  • mind the gap
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    Just remembered another one. Bell end!

    (That wasn't directed at anyone in particular, I hasten to add).

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    In fact, whenever anyone speaks, like Hamlet, of country matters.
    More 'speaking' in Henry V (and some holding of manhoods too):

    And gentlemen in England now abed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here
    And hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks
    That fought with us upon St. Crispin's Day.

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    Obviously it is: with an 'o', an 'r', and a 'y'.
    In fact, whenever anyone speaks, like Hamlet, of country matters.

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by jta View Post
    The nasty 'c' word can be heard in London anywhere, anytime, and I daresay in the rest of the country too.
    Obviously it is: with an 'o', an 'r', and a 'y'.

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by jta View Post
    I don't quite see that! after all if you are going to call someone an a**eh**e, then that can refer to male or female anatomy, and I've known some right 'tits' in my time, and that has to be feminine. The nasty 'c' word can be heard in London anywhere, anytime, and I daresay in the rest of the country too.
    So what exotic swearwords was your student researching?
    dick
    dickhead
    cock
    prick
    willy
    knob
    knob-head
    ballbag
    scrote

    ...must I continue?

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    I had a student who researched this once
    The things that they do to gain a Ph.D., and he did it only once. Hard work?

    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    amongst teenagers at any rate
    Any rate of teenagers is too much. They're over-rated (as are most bowlers in English cricket).

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  • jta
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    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post

    I had a student who researched this once and he found that amongst teenagers at any rate, the male anatomy was over-represented in insults used by both males and females.
    I don't quite see that! after all if you are going to call someone an a**eh**e, then that can refer to male or female anatomy, and I've known some right 'tits' in my time, and that has to be feminine. The nasty 'c' word can be heard in London anywhere, anytime, and I daresay in the rest of the country too.
    So what exotic swearwords was your student researching?

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
    But only when the they belong to the dog.
    Yes! However, it is interesting that with a few exceptions (such as the dog's bollocks) bits of the body feature prolifically in abuse, rather than in compliments.

    I had a student who researched this once and he found that amongst teenagers at any rate, the male anatomy was over-represented in insults used by both males and females.

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  • Lawcruncher
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    Originally posted by Rodent1 View Post
    bollox also has opposite meanings.
    But only when the they belong to the dog.

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by Rodent1 View Post
    bollox also has opposite meanings.
    ...and a correct spelling, unlike yours.

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