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  • Nick

    A guy says: “When I start talkin about Star Wars, that means, I want to get the fuck out of your mum’s house.” :))

    • Jack

      That just went right through me ears mate. What does that mean brother ?

      • Nick

        It’s a code phrase, the guy doesn’t want to say it straight, because HER mum can hear it, that he wants leave her house.
        It’s a bit interesting for me why exactly Star Wars why not anything else.

      • Jack

        Hmmmm. Cultural contexts – that makes up about 50 percent of the language and the other 50 percent is mechanical bits and cogs like grammar and vocabulary.

      • Nick

        I think it means that the guy likes Star Wars and his wife doesn’t like it.

      • Jack

        You has made it crystal clear brotha

  • Nick

    The word “shots” can be it somehow related to the money… for example: “I gave you about 5 shots yesterday”…

    • Nope, not as far as I’m aware.

      • Nick

        It was a guy who was talking about it in a British show…

      • Nick

        Maybe it’s just his own word for money though.

      • Jack

        Native speakers sometimes come up with their own unique words to explain the situation. Me thinks this is one example of this.

      • Nick

        Yes,I think you’re right, Jack.

      • Jack

        Another phrase ” I gave him five rounds of cash” .

        Now that phrase doesn`t make any sense but if uttered during conversation, the listener would probably understand the intended meaning and reply correctly.

      • Nick

        Shot also means a metal ball, so maybe you can call one pound as a shot…

      • Jack

        Thanks brotha for sharing that.

        And also I think they use the word quid in place of pounds, for example

        how much for this one

        10 quid

      • Nick

        Yes, I know about that, Luke was also mentioning it in some episodes.

      • In the UK a pound is called a ‘quid’.

      • Nick

        Right. I think now it’s just his own word. That’s what he said:

        I give her about 400 shots. She said to me, “What am I, a fucking charity?”
        Fucking hell! Right kick up the bollocks! Still took the money, though, bless her.

      • Jack

        Sounds like a cockney geezer

      • Nick

        No, it was a young man.

      • Nick

        Well something like 35-40.

      • Jack

        Sounds like some one from south of England

      • Nick

        I don’t know :(

      • Jack

        Right, no worries broth :)

      • Nick

        But he’s definitely a Brit! That’s for sure.

      • Jack

        Yup, Americans don`t have that sort of speech patterns.

        He is a Brit for sure

      • Nick

        And the word ‘bollocks’ — totally British.

      • Marta KL

        haha Americans don´t have bollocks to use this word!! :-D

      • Nick

        Marta!!! Shame! :))

      • Marta KL

        Uh oh Nick, now I´m feeling ashamed! :))
        (but we use a similar idiom in Czech…. and it´s not sooo rude…)

      • Nick

        It was a joke, you can say what ever you want to say here :)

      • Marta KL

        I hoped so! ;)) But you know, me, rubbish jokes.. One never knows if it´s not too much! :))

      • Never too much ;)

      • Nick

        Comparing it to Jack’s cakes it’s never too much :))

      • Marta KL

        Jack´s cake is uncomparable to anything :D Nothing can beats it :D

      • Nick

        True!

      • Jack

        Yes Brotha, I has never seen any American who uses that word and also the phrase “Pear Shaped”

      • Nick

        What does it mean “Pear Shaped”?

      • Jack

        It indicates that something has gone horribly wrong

      • Nick

        Accent is British.

      • Any adult can be a cockney geezer.

      • Nick

        All right. Jack definitely knows English better than me.

    • Marta KL

      It sounds more like chatting in a bar to me :))

      • Nick

        Why? :))

      • Marta KL

        Shot is another way of saying a glass of spirit, isn´t it? (a shot of vodka for example)

      • Nick

        Well, yes, there is a phrase for this “take a shot”.

      • Jack

        Another example would be

        “I have had 10 shots of vodka and now I am completely leg less”

      • Nick

        Good one.

      • Marta KL

        head less in my case :D
        (but I would never drink that much and also I don´t like to drink shots…)

      • Jack

        I don`t drink booze, Marta :D

      • Marta KL

        I know Jack, I know! I was talking about myself :))

      • Ethan

        How abt vodka tonic? :)

      • Marta KL

        Well if it comes to mixed drinks then I prefer gin+tonic or vodka+orange juice. But I haven´t drink it for ages, I like much more wine or beer (it depends on the concrete occasion..) :)

      • Nick

        Same here.

    • Ethan
      • Nick

        It’s interesting but it’s not about actual money.

      • Ethan

        No it’s not. It’s some sort of an acting..

      • Jack

        Oh no, Ethan I request you to please delete this picture.

      • Ethan

        NSWF?

      • Jack

        Yes exactly

      • Ethan

        Done :)

      • Jack

        Thanks man :)

      • Nick

        Who?

      • Ethan

        Haha u know what i’m talking abt :)

      • Nick

        Yep :)

      • Nick

        Who?