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Re: YAEPT: Australian Milo

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Friday, June 30, 2006, 20:33
On Fri, 30 Jun 2006 16:14:35 -0400, Mark Reed <markjreed@...> wrote:

> This is still YAEPT, but not about Aussies or Clouseau. On a BBC > comedy I heard someone say a certain offensive word for female > genitalia, one vowel removed from "twit". I find it funny that they > didn't bleep it out, actually, since they did bleep other similar > words. In any case, the actor pronounced it with an /&/, which I find > amusing. Is that the normal pronunciation over there?
That's the usual pronunciation, but the vowel can also be /Q/ Be aware that the word has a broader meaning in the UK... Particularly in the more northerly parts of the country, as a transitive verb, it means "to hit (often particularly brutally or spectacularly)", which I suppose could be circuitously related to the same general milieu of slang. When a verb postposed with "about" (Northern) or "around" (Southern), it means either to waste time at a difficult but pointless task, or to act the fool. When used transitively in that sense it usually takes an instrumental "with" or a gerund. I think the /Q/ form is only ever found as a noun, maybe...? Paul


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>