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    It's only words.

    Been thinking about this for a while. Listening to an old song a while back and heard the word 'swell'. American for, good, ok, great whatever. " gee pop, that's swell"
    Haven't noticed it in any recent TV/movies I've seen which apart from the youtube news clips and so on is my exposure to U.S. culcha.
    Is it still in use?

    A post I just read had the word kerfuffle. I know what it means but wondering if it's a commonly used word elsewhere.
    If we stop testing right now wed have very few cases, if any. Donald J Trump.

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    Swell is definitely quite anachronistic. I personally use kerfuffle myself so if that is also then it dates me I suppose.

    Just as an aside this thread reminds me of one that Robslife guy did ages ago. Lost his shit over some old-fashioned word I'd apparently used so I looked it up and turns out I'd used it precisely once.

    Good old TD eh, and people think it's somehow worse now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    'swell'.
    Were you watching The Brady Bunch? I think words like that died out along with bel bottom pants


    But your thread title did remind me of a song:


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    Kerfuffle might have been me. Think it is a pretty British English word.

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    Kerfuffle is a word I've never learnt so I guess there is an adequate equivalent word for it in the British nomenclature.

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    Jerk.


    (not aimed at the poster above me).


    I pay good money to get called that nowadays.

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    Another American word. Is it still in use.
    Cinch.
    As in it's a cinch. Easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Jerk.


    (not aimed at the poster above me).


    I pay good money to get called that nowadays.
    I think 'jerk' crosses all (english) language boundaries.

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    What do you think if someone says they want to get there early to see the shorts?

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    Hello, Dolly,
    Well, hello, Dolly
    It's so nice to have you back where you belong
    You're lookin' swell, Dolly
    I can tell, Dolly
    You're still glowin', you're still crowin'
    You're still goin' strong
    We feel the room swayin'
    While the band's playin'
    One of your old favourite songs from way back when


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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Hello, Dolly,
    Well, hello, Dolly
    It's so nice to have you back where you belong
    You're lookin' swell, Dolly
    I can tell, Dolly
    You're still glowin', you're still crowin'
    You're still goin' strong
    We feel the room swayin'
    While the band's playin'
    One of your old favourite songs from way back when

    And your point is?

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    The word swell is used in old movies probably starting in the 1930’s. It’s pretty comical how often the word is used. Think people stopped using swell in the 1960’s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    And your point is?
    Hey, he posted a song actually containing a word you mentioned.

    It's progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    What do you think if someone says they want to get there early to see the shorts?
    To watch all the promo’s before the main movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peaches View Post
    To watch all the promo’s before the main movie.
    Bingo.

    Is that a thing outside Aus/NZ?

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    Calling short films ‘shorts’ is a thing but not widely used. Short films aren’t used anymore in theaters in the US. If you mean the movie trailers, the ads for upcoming movies, we don’t call them shorts or promos. We call them trailers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Another American word. Is it still in use.
    Cinch.
    As in it's a cinch. Easy.
    Used all the time in Canada

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    The shorts back in the olden days where I come from meant maybe a preview or two, a bugs bunny cartoon or two and maybe a newsreel.

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    ^ Right. Shorts would be the cartoons and newsreel back when.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    newsreel
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    newsreel

    How massively old are you?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    How massively old are you?????
    As a kid.

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    In the 1920s??????



    Klein grapje!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    A post I just read had the word kerfuffle. I know what it means but wondering if it's a commonly used word elsewhere.
    Hullabaloo.
    Shemozzle.
    Kerfuffle.


    All great words.

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    Is hassle still in use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Is hassle still in use?
    Yup . . .

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