Neologism

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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.

Best regards,
Martin

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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.”

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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: Yesterday at 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"...