Regional slang/vernacular that would be pretty awful in other places

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#1
As an example, among most of my friends, when someone makes a really bad joke, we say, "Schwing!" Then, I said that to my dad when he made one of those dad "jokes", and he said:

"Why the **** would you say that?"

So I inquired as to what he meant, and he informed me that according to his apparent demographic, "schwing" basically means to get a hard-on. Quite obviously, this was an unacceptable thing to be saying to my father. I'm not a Lannister.

Now, in hindsight, that shit was pretty funny. But what are some other examples you have of words or terms that you/your friends enjoy that would be super awkward if heard by other people?

EDIT: BladeSlinger has made the useful correction that it's Targaryens, not Lannisters.
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#2
Not slang, but "negr" is a commonly used and accepted word for black people in Russia.
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#3
'root' in australia means fuck

everywhere else I don't think it does
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EDIT: As in "I'm so gonna root you." I guess I can hear it. It sounds slightly more violent, but I'd say there's a fine line between the two.

Bubbler?

Most places its kind of like a hand-held bong but here it's a term for water-fountain.

But also term for a weed smoking device.
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#5
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'root' in australia means fuck

everywhere else I don't think it does


Root? I can't really say that's a dumb term, because I don't see any reason **** would be a better term, but it's pretty ****ing hysterical


^and yeah, here a bubbler is basically a mini-bong. I can definitely imagine someone moving, and asking a teacher where the bubbler is and all the hijinks, shenanigans, and rofls that ensue.
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As an example, among most of my friends, when someone makes a really bad joke, we say, "Schwing!" Then, I said that to my dad when he made one of those dad "jokes", and he said:

"Why the **** would you say that?"

So I inquired as to what he meant, and he informed me that according to his apparent demographic, "schwing" basically means to get a hard-on. Quite obviously, this was an unacceptable thing to be saying to my father. I'm not a Lannister.

Now, in hindsight, that shit was pretty funny. But what are some other examples you have of words or terms that you/your friends enjoy that would be super awkward if heard by other people?

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Not slang, but "negr" is a commonly used and accepted word for black people in Russia.

its ''neger'' in Norway.
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EDIT: As in "I'm so gonna root you." I guess I can hear it. It sounds slightly more violent, but I'd say there's a fine line between the two.


'wanna go back to my flat for a root?' 'yeah mate I finally rooted her' 'she was a good root'
shit like that

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Root? I can't really say that's a dumb term, because I don't see any reason **** would be a better term, but it's pretty ****ing hysterical


takes rooting for your team to the next level hey
It's over simplified, So what!

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#9
I urbandictionaried the term (yes, I just verbed that word) and Wayne's World came up. I've seen it, but a very long time ago, when it was playing constantly on Comedy Central when I was like 7 and I secretly watched it when my parents weren't home.

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takes rooting for your team to the next level hey


those cheerleaders love to root for their team.
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#10
Why would a Lannister say "hard on" to their father?
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#12
Oh. Hahaha.
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A Lannister would get a hard-on from their family.

It's only a twin sibling with the Lannisters.

Targaryens are the ones you're looking for.
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Targareyns didn't bang their dads though. If anything he should've said "I'm not one of Craster's daughters"
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Targareyns didn't bang their dads though. If anything he should've said "I'm not one of Craster's daughters"

He amended it to family in general, but Craster's women are correct for the original point.
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#21
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Root is a thing in england too.


Really? Which bit of England? Here where I'm from, root is search. As in, 'rooting around my drawers for a pen' or some shit.
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Really? Which bit of England? Here where I'm from, root is search. As in, 'rooting around my drawers for a pen' or some shit.

That's how we would use it in the US, or at least West Coast. Rooting around in your drawers must mean something completely different in Aus
#23
Sucks to be an Android user in Australia then hahaha
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#26
Texas here... but I don't think we really say anything no one would understand elsewhere. Common slang like "y'all" everyone knows.

We use "a minute" in Houston to mean a long period of time (as well as a literal minute ). Like, "It's been a minute since I played guitar" (It's been a long fucking time since I yadaydayad).
#27
Calling things the shit in America.


Don't think that'd quite work out so well in other places.
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Calling things the shit in America.

I'd imagine it's difficult for foreigners to grasp the difference between "shit" and "the shit". I can't think of any other language that has that.

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#29
Anyone else use "nout" for "nothing" here
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#30
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its ''neger'' in Norway.

But it's by no means acceptable, nor is it more commonly used than in the US.
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I'd imagine it's difficult for foreigners to grasp the difference between "shit" and "the shit". I can't think of any other language that has that.

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You're wrong. Common colloquial expressions aren't that hard to comprehend, unless they're British.


I've noticed that using the expression "swear like a sailor" (in Norwegian) is too outdated for young (20'ish) morons from Bergen, and caused one to throw a hissy fit at me.
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#31
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As an example, among most of my friends, when someone makes a really bad joke, we say, "Schwing!" Then, I said that to my dad when he made one of those dad "jokes", and he said:

"Why the **** would you say that?"

Your dad should feel bad for not watching and worshipping Wayne's World. However, I agree that you are an idiot for the misuse of "Schwing".


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EDIT: BladeSlinger has made the useful correction that it's Targaryens, not Lannisters.

Targaryens only did it to keep their blood lines pure. I'm assuming you're a male and can't produce offspring with your father. I'm not sure which GoT house was into gay incest. If you are a female then "one of Craster's Daughters" would have worked.
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North but I thought it was everywhere. But yeah it also means that for me too.


Lived in the north for 21 years (my entire life) and never heard it used like that.
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#33
"Oi mate, let us bum a fag!"

I can see how that could cause some confusion.
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#34
In the northeastern US it's common to substitute "that was great" with "it was the cash hachi machi" or "that was bugger my great aunt stupendous".
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In the northeastern US it's common to substitute "that was great" with "it was the cash hachi machi" or "that was bugger my great aunt stupendous".

The ****.

I know many people from the NE US and I've never heard that
#38
"Talk ****" means something different from what it sounds like

^peng means ice here haha
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#39
It's pretty standard round here (and probably in most of England) to say you're having a fag instead of a cigarette.

I suppose that would make americans giggle.
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It's pretty standard round here (and probably in most of England) to say you're having a fag instead of a cigarette.

I suppose that would make americans giggle.


Sure does.
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