F Words and Funny Expressions

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As much as we learn traditional English in school, we all are familiarized with the American way of speaking. This paperwork is meant to pinpoint the informal language and a bit of the very informal one in order to bring a little amusement.

As George Bernard Shaw once said, "England and America are two countries separated by the same language." The truth is that the Americans are used to cutting down to size even little words. And that goes for all vocabulary, from A to Z. "Time is money." And therefore is more economic to buy some tix, instead of tickets, a boss-a-tonic, instead of a two liter bottle of tonic, to read an add, instead of an advertisement or to say sqeet instead of "Let's go eat!". It is indeed P.D.Q.- er. (P.D.Q.= pretty damn quick) If you are D. and D. (drunk and disorderly) or bazzo (which means the same thing), just to be sure you don't misspell, you'd better say to a person that he/she has S.A.,

instead of sex-appeal. And you shouldn't be afraid of a Mub (mafia) message when going to a restaurant in the U.S. and seeing on the toilet door the letters XYZ. Yes, it is indeed an warning, but only that of eXamining Your Zipper. For Americans, especially those living around Boston, the letters FBI represent another reason to upset them. Foreign-Born-Irish are the recent immigrants from Ireland who take highly paid jobs in high tech.

Americans do not seem to have any trouble in understanding these codes. They come up with such witty new phrases all the time. What does PED XING mean, written in large letters on the road? It means the pedestrians X there, or, in other words, they cross the street. American kids will understand this kind of...