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    rayannina  over 5 years ago

    Anyone out there know where I can find a Mancunian-to-English translator?

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    Arbitrary  over 5 years ago

    Rayannina: He says if he can’t see he might have glaucoma and should see a doctor.

    Also “butty” is a sandwich.

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    naturally_easy  over 5 years ago

    If I ran into someone speaking like that I would assume they had a stroke.

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    hometownk GC Insider over 5 years ago

    I agree. Darby must have a Brit friend or have gone for a visit.

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    SusanSunshine GC Insider over 5 years ago

    Line by line, in case you still just need to know:

    “Bobbins” = “That’s rotten.” (Bobbins of cotton= rotten in rhyming slang.)“My friend Wipes had that… the national Health Service (doctor) figured it out.Glaucoma, do you think?Best get to your doctor and check ’em out.”

    “Top one”= “Good thing.”“Do you fancy some sandwiches?”(most of us know what that means without further translation… I think. )“Sorted” = “well, that’s it, then.”Successful conclusion to the conversation.

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    SusanSunshine GC Insider over 5 years ago

    I’m not British but I have English friends and do English cryptic crosswords, so I have to keep up!LOL

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    dugharry  over 5 years ago

    Bang on Kiddo!!

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    revjjo  over 5 years ago

    Oi! Mac made clear for me! But, I’m from the North of England, so this dialect is my lingua franca. Sounds like me mum ‘e does! She’s virtually unintelligible to anyone else, especially if she’s downed a couple, the old dear.

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    Infopt2000  over 5 years ago

    Umm, this is a bit like the Dick Vandyke version of cockney…

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    bignatefan  over 5 years ago

    Thank you, pacopuddy.

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    doublepaw  over 5 years ago

    Not exactly the Queen’s english I would think.

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    leandra44  over 5 years ago

    Thanks to Pacopuddy and SusanSunshine for the clarity :-) Usually I struggle through MMcM’s pronouncements with varying degrees of success; thanks to you two, this is the first time I have understood exactly what he meant. How nice :-)

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    geriatrix  over 5 years ago

    Well, I’m a Brit, and I understood it all apart from “Bobbins”. I’m not too hot on rhyming slang though.

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    semwc12  over 5 years ago

    Darby never ceases to amaze me!

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    Johnnie Polo GC Insider over 5 years ago

    That’s like talking to my wife.

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    rnmontgomery  over 5 years ago

    hmm – and all this time, I thought it was those cocky Brits that spoke English . . . just sayin

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    smoore47  over 5 years ago

    They call him McM because his full name is Mac Manc McManx.

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    T_Lexi  over 5 years ago

    Shufti: to have a quick look. Urban Dictionary suggests it has a WWII Arabic origin – peddlers saying “look, look” to soldiers.

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    smoore47  over 5 years ago

    Apparently a shufti is a look or a reconnaissance.

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    RoseHawke  over 5 years ago

    Oh, dear, I’ve been hanging around way too many Brit TV forums. I understood that.

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    Arianne  over 5 years ago

    Cary Grant explained and used the rhyming slang in the movie “Mr. Lucky”. (Ahh, Cary Grant… what a fine “heap of coke”!) Imagining Mac speaking in Cary’s suave voice… even funnier!

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    pauline_gangof4  over 5 years ago

    “A ‘shufti’ is a ‘look’. e.g. “Giz a shufti” = “Let me have a look?”I think, but am open to correction , that it is a word of Hindustani origin, dating back to the days of Empire when the globe was pink and the sun never set and we got really cheap tea etc etc etcIf I am wrong, I would be delighted if someone will give me the correct etymology.

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    crispin  over 5 years ago

    I understood it because I watch Top Gear…

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    dvoyack  over 5 years ago

    I like Mac. He’s so articulate.

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    Bavardage  over 5 years ago

    Oh man…laughed for about five minutes over morning coffee…Darby is genius.

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    KasperV  over 5 years ago

    Ah, you should see how we Brits send up your American slang!

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    marvee GC Insider over 5 years ago

    Aussies shorten everything. EX: barbie = barbeque.I don’t how sandwich becomes buttie when the origin is from the Earl of Sandwich.My GGM came from the Isle of Man; they are known as Manx. Is that where Mac is from?

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    rob_cook1  over 5 years ago

    Two nations divided by a common language! Bring on Mac’s Geordie cousin!

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    Gokie5  over 5 years ago

    Also SusanSunshine and the shufti explainers.I used to have to serve as an interpreter for a colleague from New Jersey when she was interviewing a client from the deep, deep South.By the way, best wishes and condolences to Jerseyans and others impacted by the storm.

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    DavidGBA  over 5 years ago

    I suppose `sorted is assorted, as in some good, some bad, as in nice greeting but no sandwiches.

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    runnerman87  over 5 years ago

    It would, actually, and that’s the crazy part.

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    hometownk GC Insider over 5 years ago

    I gathered buttie was a type of sandwich. From “Keeping Up Appearances”, the character Onslow always wanted his bacon buttie which would be a sandwich rich with bacon and butter. I’m gagging just thinking about all that fat.

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    Logical Duck  over 5 years ago

    Assuming Mac’s mate “Wipes” is a cat, he/she would not have had his/her medical condition diagnosed under the National Health Service. Animals in the UK are not entitled to free healthcare and can only receive treatment at a veterinary practice and provided their owners are prepared to pay the often sizeable bills that are charged.

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    pierreandnicole  over 5 years ago

    After McM’s speech I won’t complain anymore when watching EASTENDERS.

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    SusanSunshine GC Insider over 5 years ago

    Have a shufti …. have a gander, take a look — an expression I picked up as a kid on an Air Force base in Libya…There was a huge RAF base there too….So the neighborhood kids were both English and American….and a lot of the slang was what we thought was Arabic.

    The local peddlers would shout “Shufti, shufti!”Then there was “baksheesh,” cried out by beggars and by children who wanted money for small jobs like washing the windows, and “andiamo” shouted at bus drivers, cabbies and camels…. “Hurry up!”

    Later I found out the Arabs used those words because they heard them from the British military….

    a corruption of the original languages… Arabic, Persian and Italian. (though I think that last may be real Italian for “Let’s go!”)Anyway, they thought they were saying something in English and we thought we were using Arabic!Kinda funny.

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    SusanSunshine GC Insider over 5 years ago

    And maybe Mac’s pal “wipes” is human… who knows… but I agree with Oak Ridge Boys about the talking animals.I dunno whether Bucky goes to a vet or a pediatrician!

    Thanks, you guys who like my hat.I hope Rodd Perry doesn’t mind my “decorating” his artwork with a little of my own for the holiday.LOL

    Happy Halloween, all!

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    kzturtlegirl  over 5 years ago

    This brings me to a joke I have been harboring for 25+ years, waiting to use until this morning when my daughter asked me how to spell “adrenaline.” I asked if she wanted the English or American way to spell it, and when she said she thought English would be more fancy, I started, “E-P-I-N-E-P-H-R-I-N-E.” Yes, don’t worry, I’ll keep my day job.

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