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Alwaysaniron 3:22 Wed Jan 2
Back in the day
"Back in the day"! Who the fuck decided we needed this shit phrase? What happened to; 'in the good old days' or 'when i was a kid'.

And while I'm at it...... We ought to ban the word 'like'. As the youth (or anybody under 30) can't actually use the word in its proper context. Cunts

Fuck of with 'back in the fucking day shit'

Any other phrases from 'recent times' that get your goat?

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ironsofcanada 1:02 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
This broad meaning "get" - to obtain

is where I would guess the British English "Get in!" comes from.

Any help on that?

ironsofcanada 12:50 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
Worth remembering that a number of "Americanisms" are merely Englishisms, that modern British English moved away from.

Take the "get" example that has been discussed. Further back in English "get" was a very broad term but one of primary meaning was - to obtain -
So you got words like "forget" - "for" meaning - away or away from - and "get" being - obtain. So forgetting something was originally - being away from obtaining (having) it.

So in older English it meant perfect sense to say:
May I get (obtain/have) some venison?

More modernly "get" in this context narrowed in British English to mean the more active idea of - fetching - something.

BRANDED 12:21 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
Language is a beautiful thing. Even though you may well understand what someone is saying it may not be what they are thinking it means and at the same time its irritating the fuck out of you. Its a trippple win.

plankton 12:04 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
All these Americanisms are making me tear up.....

(that's 'tear' as in 'ear', not 'air' - for anyone who has not spent time in the US - it's a dreadful phrase)

ironsofcanada 11:47 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
BRANDED 11:42 Sat Jan 5

Agree with that

One of least my favourite terms, even as "anal-retentive."

, 11:47 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
Why use a phrase when one word will suffice?

Sir Alf 11:46 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
"get over it you guys" Americanisation of the Western World.

We adopted neo-liberal economic policy and consumerism in the 80s ( watch "Century of the Self" on YouTube) and the mass media interconnected world and TV/Movie content that is 90% America, and other policies that impact our demographics, will see off much of what was about being "British".

Suppose it has happened over the centuries with different empires ( including ours ) where a country's culture is changed forever.

I am still upset by the roads, hot baths etc those bleedin Romans brought in.

BRANDED 11:42 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
Anal is another. Being anal as opposed to being a boring pedantic twat.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 11:34 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
Another one is over-use of the word 'mentality' when the speaker really means 'attitude'. This happens almost exclusively in footballing circles.

I'm pretty sure this comes from stupid native English-speakers aping foreigners who speak English well, but not as a native. Hence, the correct but strange-sounding, 'we have to have the right mentality', instead of, 'we need a positive attitude'.

Mickey Rat 11:03 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
"To be fair" before making a statement where fairness isn't fucking relevant

orwells tragedy 10:50 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
Chigwell 4:00 Sat Jan 5

"I had to beat up on her..."

Very good.

Chigwell 4:00 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
You answered your own question there collyrob: it is the waiter who gets the food/drink, not the diner.

It's an Americanism of course, like so many of these recent turns of phrase. Only last week my wife said "from the get-go" and of course I had to beat up on her for it.

zebthecat 1:33 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
Attwood 9:28 Fri Jan 4

Or now.

We I worked for an American bank I was spoilt for choice:
Reach out
Going forward
Leverage

It was a bullshit paradise

orwells tragedy 1:27 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
I always think that people who pick up these sorts of inflections, phrases and slogans are easily susceptible to brainwashing and propaganda.

Badhabit 1:07 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
"Old school" ... WTF is that? Kids using it are more "no school" than "new school"

BRANDED 12:47 Sat Jan 5
Re: Back in the day
Groovy

Attwood 9:28 Fri Jan 4
Re: Back in the day
At this moment in time

Whatever happened to at the moment?

ironsofcanada 8:14 Fri Jan 4
Re: Back in the day
Wils 5:40 Fri Jan 4

There is some debate on that. It certainly came to most us through hip-hop etc. or black friends. But whether it started there is unclear; there some instances of its use in non- black literature before its appearance in things like rap lyrics.

I learned it from the Beastie Boys, (see below) who probably learned it from black people.

Exiled In Surrey 5:43 Fri Jan 4
Re: Back in the day
Starting a sentence with So.

Wils 5:40 Fri Jan 4
Re: Back in the day
"Back in the day" is a black expression that non-blacks have picked up.

There are plenty of others too. "Oh my Gosh" is another. and "My bad".

ironsofcanada 2:23 Fri Jan 4
Re: Back in the day
Not usually a stickler: language will do what language will do.

However, "literally," "ignorant" and "ironic" used "incorrectly," as well as, overuse of scare quotes, do jangle my nerves a bit.

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