From: Chris Rae [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 04 September 2009 19:01
Subject: British Words of the Week: 'twat' and 'brill'
Hello, dear reader.
Me again, back like a bad smell. Actually, I spent last weekend backpacking, so I’ve been more than like a bad smell recently. Several exciting things have happened this week, so I’m going to use some sort of system of headings.
Rick Steves Interview Airs This Saturday!
Anyone with a very good memory will know that I was interviewed back in March for “Travel with Rick Steves”, a radio show that airs on several local stations in the US. Well, as you will see from Rick’s preview of upcoming shows, my interview airs on September 5th. I haven’t actually heard the final tape, so here may very well be your chance to listen to me looking like a moron.
Apologies are owed. The observant of you will have noticed that the last few emails have looked like a dog’s breakfast. This is because they were sent using a pre-release version of Outlook (I work for Microsoft during the day) which had a bug in it. I shall not be doing that any more.
Words of the week, plucked randomly from The Septic’s Companion:
twat 1 n female genitalia. Not to be used in overly-polite company. The word, I mean. 2 v thump; hit: I don’t remember anything after the boom swung around and I got twatted. 3 n idiot. Generally directed at blokes. A suitably confusing example would read “some twat in the pub accused me of having been near his bird’s twat, so I twatted him.” On the female genitalia front, so to speak, the poet Robert Browning once read a rather vulgar protestant polemic which referred to an “old nun’s twat,” and subsequently mentioned a nun’s “cowl and twat” in one of his poems, under the mistaken impression that it was a part of her clothing.
brill adj popular abbreviation for “brilliant.” Well, popular amongst 1980s adolescents.
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