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English word - Crikey

 
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In the movie Bridget Jones's Diary, the character, Mark Darcy, makes the comment "Right. Crikey" after Bridget tells him she likes him and it would be nice if he would pop by sometime. What does crikey mean? And what is a "poof" that Bridget mentions at the Darcy's Ruby Wedding Anniversary?
 
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Originally posted by Rita Boyer:
In the movie Bridget Jones's Diary, the character, Mark Darcy, makes the comment "Right. Crikey" after Bridget tells him she likes him and it would be nice if he would pop by sometime. What does crikey mean? And what is a "poof" that Bridget mentions at the Darcy's Ruby Wedding Anniversary?


Crikey - an interjection which pretty much means "wow".
"Poof" from Dictionary.com:
poof
n. Offensive Slang <DL><DD>Used as a disparaging term for an effeminate or homosexual male.</DD></DL>
poof
interj. <DL><DD>Used to indicate a sudden vanishing: <CITE>The magician waved a wand, and poof! The birds disappeared!</CITE> </DD></DL>
 
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crikey - an expression of astonishment. Corruption of 'Christ!'.
(East?) London slang.
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crikey - what Steve (the crocodile hunter) says when the croc jumps out of the water at him.
As in: 'Crikey!! That's a big one.'
 
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As in: 'Crikey!! That's a big one.'


Maybe that what Bridget Jones was thinking...
[ December 20, 2002: Message edited by: Barry Gaunt ]
 
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Crikey is general english slang , not just from London, but nowadays it is not used so much as it sounds a little twee.....
 
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I think it is used (jokingly) because it sounds twee, well it certainly is in my house.
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Originally posted by Steven Broadbent:
Crikey is general english slang , not just from London, but nowadays it is not used so much as it sounds a little twee.....


It is used all the time by The Crocodile Hunter.
 
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I'd say Crikey is only twee if hugh grant is say it.
Yes you definatly say 'Crikey' when you see a big pair!
 
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Originally posted by Paul Stevens:

It is used all the time by The Crocodile Hunter.



Yeah but he's Australian!! Not British!
 
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There is a wonderful web site called english2american.com which clears up a lot of these phrases that divide the yanks from the brits (both ways). It is also very entertaining at the same time.
I realized that I didn't know what "twee" meant, so I looked it up. It didn't help at all!
Can any of you folks from the UK give a few useful synonyms for "twee"?
I like G.B.Shaw's description of England and the U.S. as two nations divided by a common language.
 
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Twee is Overly precious or nice, affectedly dainty or refined
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The english are the only nation who cannot speak their own language....
Whenever an englishman speaks he makes some other
englishman despise him...
both quotes from G B Shaw I think....
 
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Actually there is a huge debate over the "Two Nations Divided by a common language" quote!
MOST people attribute it to G.B. Shaw,
I always thought it was Mark Twain
Didn't we have a thread about this at some point!
Anyway I don't think you could ever pin down what "English" is any more. It changes so much just within the UK, then with the US English, Australian English etc ... it's just crazy!
 
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