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Martinswede

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« on: January 12, 2019, 02:18:00 PM »
Hi!
Since English isn't my native language I tend to find myself stuck when it comes to making new expressions in English.
In Swedish I'm kind of an neological equilibrist, but I lack the cultural references to go hay wire in English.

Natives: Do you have any fine ways to express resent and general disliking that goes off the grid?
Mild profanity is FULLY acceptable.

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Martin
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jacksimmons

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2019, 08:18:02 PM »
If you really hate someone, you can say "I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire." That's a good one.

That's one in common parlance, or do you mean ones we have come up with ourselves?

Martinswede

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 08:50:11 AM »
Hi Jack! That's a good one.

Yes, I'm mainly interested in completely new words, and not so much metaphors.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2019, 05:33:46 PM »
Hi Martin

The heavy-duty phrase I use when pushed to the limit is to call someone a "f*cking moron" ...that's pretty unambiguous. The more brutal reworking of the phrase "Cupid Stunt" is pretty direct too.

More light-hearted descriptions of people you dislike such as "empty suit" and "oxygen thief" are more comedy-based and less likely to end in a fight.

I must just mention my favourite sentence. It was in a recording book I used to have by Peter McIan (?).
 
He said something about dropping a plectrum on the carpet and then having to pick it up again. And described the feeling perfectly in a one word sentence.

"Drag".


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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2019, 08:11:18 PM »
the late great Christopher Hitchens once said of the Reverend Jerry Falwell: “If you gave him an enema he could be buried in a matchbox.”

Martinswede

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 01:42:10 PM »
@ PaulAds All those are nice. I'm aiming in the directions of 'heart choke' and 'stitch brain' but I'm just a beginner.
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2019, 09:44:28 AM »
You can sometimes get good results translating literally from other languages.


Some of my favourites:


Dent head (Blötchkopf)


Snot spoon (Rotzlöffel)


Willy tickler (Gilipollas)


Another good one in Spanish is "you're so ugly you made the onion cry"...


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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2019, 07:59:34 PM »
2 of my favorites these days-
mouth breather
Chud

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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2019, 08:01:04 PM »
And for non insulting words....

How about gription? Its a cross between grip and traction.

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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2019, 06:48:39 AM »
I learned 'mouth breather' from the series 'Wonderfalls' so it's on my top 100 list.

Since one of the definitions of 'traction is 'grip' I'd say it resembles just the kind of idiosyncratic tautology that I'm looking for!

I just came up with 'ereptile disfunction'. It might represent a state of excusing sexual harassment due to functions of the reptilian brain.
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2019, 07:18:15 AM »
I'm also interested in the homograph expression 'digital manipulation. Though the two words have their own etymology they have the common element of pornography. One describes using Photoshop to make a picture turn you on, the other well...
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