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...?