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Old 12-14-2020, 10:09 PM
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Bollocks

Though Iíve never used the term, I am familiar with its usage from teevee and movie and some literature. Recently I heard it used in a sports context and it got me wondering so I read about the word on Wikipedia. Plenty of definitions, etymology and context. Very British. Even the Wikipedia entry was redolently British.

It made me wonder why it is not part of American English vernacular. Why not? Is it used commonly in other former English colonies? I havenít heard Canadians use it. Do they? I think Australians might. I donít know why I think that because I canít think of a specific instance. Peter, is it used in S.A. or by former Rhodesians? India? Pakistan?

Just curious.

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Old 12-14-2020, 10:59 PM
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I have heard it a few times here. Not much though.
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Old 12-15-2020, 01:11 AM
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I cannot answer why it is not commonly used in the USA. But I can recommend an album which has Bollocks in the title:
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/sex-pistols-break-down-never-mind-the-bollocks-track-by-track-204277/
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Old 12-16-2020, 02:08 AM
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Therein lies the difference between English English and American English .

Us pesky Colonials have been mangling it for hundreds of years now .

I have some English friends and used to work daily with some English lads to I picked up a few words & phrases here and there .
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Old 12-22-2020, 10:25 AM
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Though Iíve never used the term, I am familiar with its usage from teevee and movie and some literature. Recently I heard it used in a sports context and it got me wondering so I read about the word on Wikipedia. Plenty of definitions, etymology and context. Very British. Even the Wikipedia entry was redolently British.

It made me wonder why it is not part of American English vernacular. Why not? Is it used commonly in other former English colonies? I havenít heard Canadians use it. Do they? I think Australians might. I donít know why I think that because I canít think of a specific instance. Peter, is it used in S.A. or by former Rhodesians? India? Pakistan?

Just curious.
I've been using the term "loo" for years now. Most people understand what I'm asking for. Sometimes I get funny looks.
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Old 12-22-2020, 10:48 AM
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Used the term quite strongly this morning. It just seemed to fit the situation.

Woke up at 5:00 AM (my usual wake-up time), made coffee, was feeling pretty good 'cause it is my birthday and whilst waiting for the percolator to do its thing, heard a funny sound of water trickling. Figuring it was a toilet which had stuck and was running, I stepped out into the hallway to check, straight into a puddle of ice cold water. Freaking water heater had sprung a leak. Glad I didn't decide to sleep in.

Anyway, the grand daughter had spent the night so I had to forgo my usual stock of exclamatory expressions reserved for situations such as this.
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Old 12-23-2020, 03:43 AM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE !.
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Old 12-23-2020, 11:44 AM
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I've worked with/known brit expats, they used the term as equalling = Bull*****! or bull, (pause), *****!

Not testicles.

Edit: This was (earthmoving) construction.

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Old 12-30-2020, 08:44 AM
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I've worked with/known brit expats, they used the term as equalling = Bull*****! or bull, (pause), *****!

Not testicles.

Edit: This was (earthmoving) construction.

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Talk about thread hijacking! My house is almost completed and they are about to pour concrete for carport approach and turn-around. I’m about 100yds away from the (gravel) road and need to surface the entire length. Soil is a very sandy loam on a 20% grade (at worst). Gravel is between $30-$40 per ton and delivery adds another $175 so a bobtail load costs about $500 or so for the cheapest material.

I bought a load of what the call, “construction base”, the cheapest grade, which consists of fines and gravel up to about 1/2”. This is the cheapest. I just spread the load with my FEL and boxblade. Over a couple of days the stuff has nearly solidified. The downside of buying gravel by the ton is that the fines hold a lot of water so I’m paying to haul water, too. Spread to about 1” depth I got about half-way to my house.

So my question is — should I continue with the base or pay a little more and get cleaner gravel? Should I continue with construction base and then spread gravel over it? This is all new to me. Thanks!
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a roommate from Birmingham (UK) told me all dogs were either named bollocks or trollop! most common use i've heard is 'that's bollocks'er just 'bollocks' so i assume it is equal to bull****.
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I've worked with/known brit expats, they used the term as equalling = Bull*****! or bull, (pause), *****!

Not testicles.

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I’m am fortified against bollocks this New Year with black eyed-peas and cabbage.
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Old 01-01-2021, 06:17 PM
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Post New Year's Day Meal

YUMMY ! .

My Sweet just called me into the kitchen to chop up cabbage, she's working hard over the stove .

Me, I love soul food and always look forward to the New Year's Day meal .
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Therein lies the difference between English English and American English .

Us pesky Colonials have been mangling it for hundreds of years now .

I have some English friends and used to work daily with some English lads to I picked up a few words & phrases here and there .
Agreed, but we havenít mangled it nearly as much as those in the Irish deep inner cities. They speak a dialect that is absolutely unrecognizable by the vast majority of English speakers.
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Old 01-03-2021, 12:14 AM
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I was in London back in the 90's with some friends. We went to a local pub for dinner and made some friends. One of them was Irish. He was working class and pretty drunk. Thankfully one of my friends understood 'drunk Irish'. He would say something, I would catch a word or two if I was lucky, I'd look to her for a translation and it worked out fine. One of the funnest nights abroad I had in a long time.

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