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Saouka  ·  2379 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Understanding Snapchat: A Journey That Left Me Feeling Out of Touch

Mostly when talking about biscuits. It's when something is very easy to keep eating, but isn't actually addictive.





humanodon  ·  2379 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yes, I know. I was introduced to the word by the most British person I have ever met, referring to cocaine as "rather moreish".

rezzeJ  ·  2378 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's a line form Peep show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRS41-7MTSs

humanodon  ·  2378 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I should give that show another chance. The only episode I've seen was the last one of some season or other and I had no idea what was going on.

Saouka  ·  2379 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I assumed other people were unaware. I'm not sure how far the word has spread. One of my favourite English-y words is mardy, which is an adjective for grumpy or bad tempered.

humanodon  ·  2379 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Honestly, if I hadn't worked with so many Brits while living abroad, I don't think I would know it. I have never heard mardy, though I have heard the word "manky" (is that the right spelling?). There seem to be quite a few interesting words in colloquial use in England (not to mention the rest of the UK) that I think Americans would enjoy using.

Saouka  ·  2379 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've only ever heard manky said, but that looks right to me! English has some lovely words. We use SO many american-isms though, couch and trash and basically adopted into our language now. (Sofa and rubbish are the proper words, of course)

I always get quite annoyed that Americans don't have kettles. WHAT IF YOU WANT TEA.

humanodon  ·  2379 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Heh, some of us do, but generally not the electric kettles. Some people microwave their water for tea (I know, I know).

It is curious that American media infiltrates so many English speaking countries, but very little English language media from outside of the US comes in.

I used to play that up with a friend of mine whenever he would complain about America, by talking about how much I enjoyed Benny Hill.