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Fellow /class/mates, I propose we create a thread to discuss the application of proper, Queen's English within modern society. A linguistic guide for those occassions when one cannot help but mingle with the lower echelons of society. Let this thread serve as both a dictionary and translator.
Guide for use:
Statements and words used by the lower classes will be translated into porper english. Before each word or statement, there will be an "L" or "H" where "L" means Low English and "H" means High English. Low English statements and words will be followed by a definition or meaning and how one would say it in High English, the opposite will occur with High English.
Feel free to contribute.
L: You what, mate? Alt. u w0t m8
Used when a statement was not heard ot nderstood correctly. Also used as a build up to fisticuffs or an arguement (see "startin'") Translation: I do apologise, but I didn't hear you properly the first time. Could you please repeat your previous statement, good fellow?
L: Pisser, Shitter, Crapper, the John.
The low word for lavatory.
L: You startin' on me?
Starting, or in verb form "to start" is to delibrately aggitating someone to the point that fisticuffs or heated discussion ensues. Translation: Excuse me, but you are aggitating me. Is this a delibrate act to start a fight or heated discussion. If so I am more than willing to oblige.
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Porper English is best.
Good day fine gents!
I was taking a stroll the other day when I came across a new fencing academy near a local park. I was immediately hypnotized by the beauty of a particularly graceful match, and it got me wondering, what other gentlemanly sports there might be out there?
And,, of course, the greatest sport of all...
Every man is what his hat says, what is your hat /class/?
Ivy cap is mine, but mine is grey.
I too have a penchant for Ivy caps. I used to have a very nice London fog one which I outgrew so now I only have this canvas one but am looking for a tweed one.
I used to own a black tirlby until a friend of mine borrowed in and crushed it all to hell by by leaving it on the floor of his room for 2 months (later I found out he did me a favor). While I mostly agree with you, I actually bought a wicker trilby last summer for going to the beach and I've actually grown quite fond of it.
surely you are pulling our legs?
For me I have an ivy cap but is plaid green and I am in the market for a plaid red one my fine gentlemen.
Gentleman, what are your favorite dance moves, either solo or with a partner.
I'm a fan of observing the can-can, ever risqué and a physically demanding feat of a dance. My only participation oft involves the loss of my hat.
I think the Charleston is usually a reliable choice. The simple flow of it allows plenty of room for improvisation.
And I'll dance with you in Vienna
I'll be wearing a river's disguise
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder,
My mouth on the dew of your thighs
And I'll bury my soul in a scrapbook,
With the photographs there, and the moss
And I'll yield to the flood of your beauty
My cheap violin and my cross
And you'll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
I believe it is now time to play the extremely gentlemanly game of Mornington Crescent. I believe the Fidgly-Westhampton Variations will do for now. For those not familiar with them, Burnt Oak and Chomsley derivatives of it can only be play while in possession of a green token.
First station: Green Park. go!
Does "football hooliganism" kick in this turn? If so, I'd rather spend my turn traveling as opposed to being at a station and loosing all my tokens from a mugging. As such, Finchley Central is my destination of choice.
do you not think it is too early for a game of mornington crescent? haven't even had the time shine my shoes!
New guy here
Hello there. What brings you in here new guy?
Let me ask you an earnest question, sophisticated gentlemen. What is your favourite instrument for smashing class society and other general government overthrowing? I'm quite partial to Madame Guillotine myself, but I'm ever so keen to know which options your esteemed sirs prefer.
Unfortunately our stock of moonshine has been depleted by our attempt to placate the workforce. May I suggest that I fashion a distillation apparatus and refine some house red into an inflammable liquid? You may also require a lit match rather than a cigarette to ensure a healthy conflagration.
...Very well, but contradict me again, and I'll have your job.
Apologies ma'am I did not mean to step out of place.
are you gents interested in horlogerie?
in my opinion a good mechanical watch is among the finest things
Indeed, it does not have to be COSC certified to be accurate. I find practicality and reliability of more importance than prestige. I just find it distasteful that someone refers to a watch as a chronometer in lieu of it being an imposter.
I still fashion my Timex after all these when the mood strikes me. It serves me well and has yet to fail me.
My apologies sir, I did not know that you considered the word "chronometer" to be a proprietary term.
It is petty I know but it is my way. I should add that I only consider the term Chronometer proprietary when applied to wristwatches and no other time keeping devices.
The outlandishness of my logic and consistency is not lost upon me.
I find women who smell good and look lean and clean incredibly attractive. Good sirs, What is the most important physical aspect of a woman? How do you fine gentlemen prefer your women?
Hmm.. Elegance, style, sophistication are all major plusses, but in truth I would have to add two non-physical attributes that make a woman attractive to me.
1. Confidence. I like a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and doesn't feel the need to be someone she isn't. Good sirs, you can fake style and sophistication, but you cannot fake genuine.
2. Sanity - I find a woman who is not an insane psychopath incredibly attractive. Nothing turns me off faster than game playing, manipulation, and general bat-shit crazy. (Trust me, while the sex with a crazy girl might be wonderful in the moment, the sheer funhouse maze of a relationship with her makes long-term prospects rather dicey.)
What I love most in a woman (aside from her wealth) is personality, wits, intelligence, etc.
A noble mien and respectful demeanor.
So do any of you other /class/y gents dip snuff? if so, what kinds? pic related. my favorite.
i started dipping when i was in the military due to the fact that you cant dip near jets and jet fuel. plus it tastes good and lasts longer than a cig.
Started dipping because you can't dip near jets and fuel?
You must be the person who was trying to acquire 2 gallons of prop wash.
Anyhow, snuff would be un/class/y. Extracting the juice from finely shredded tobacco creates an unseemly byproduct, especially if one was to release it upon the floor, deck or flight line.