Thursday, September 30, 2004

Arse Biscuits

1. Arse

The Pocket Oxford Dictionary (with RP pronunciation guide):
arse /a:s/[1] n. (US ass /æs/ [2])
coarse slang buttocks [old English]

In other words, yes you do pronounce the 'r' in arse - that's what makes it 'arse' not 'ass'.

Once you have mastered the use of 'arse', you might want to refer to this page to expand your knowledge of English as she is spoken in the modern vernacular.

[1] a: = arm
[2] æ = cat [3]
[3] spot the person who lives with a nearly-phd in linguistics

2. Biscuits

What do Americans mean when you talk about 'biscuits'? Proper biscuits (ie good old fashioned stiff upper lip spirit of the blitz British ones) are sweet and come in packets and form an ideal accompaniment to a nice cup of tea and a sit down. Biscuits for breakfast, biscuits with gravy on - what's that all about?

3. Arse Biscuits not work-friendly ;-)

more Fr Ted sounds here, including Mrs Doyle on swearing.

My sis and I have decided to train R and her boyf to say "That would be an ecumencial matter" should any questions of a religious nature arise. Two (very lapsed) Catholics in the bosom of our Scots Presybterian family. My uncle is a Church elder and best friends with the minister. My mother has a model of John Knox's house on display in the living room. Eeeep.


Jude said...

Is this a father ted blog? Church elder sounds Mormon.

clarrie said...

no. it's a swearing blog.

Trinity said...


M@rla said...

This is a biscuit. It's a large, fluffy, non-sweet, puck-shaped piece of bread. In the South they are a requisite for displaying a woman's homemaking talent. Everyone else just makes them frozen. They are served with red-eyed gravy and grits.

Needless to say, not something I eat often!

Fatgirlthin said...

What Marla posted are commercial biscuits. Southern US'ers don't eat those too often. It's like the difference between Godiva chocolate and a pack of M&Ms.

Here are some real biscuits:

Clazza, we just call your biscuits Cookies. Like so: