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Barking by Tom Holt

Discussion in 'The Library' started by Farang_Ba, 3 Oct 2013.

  1. Farang_Ba

    Farang_Ba Thread Starter Active Member

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    Hi all,

    Right now I am reading 'Barking' by Tom Holt. He is a British writer who in this story infuses the legal world, vampires, and werewolves. It's a funny, more light hearted book which reads well and I like it so far.

    But, there are some British expressions I don't understand, such as "Sod it" "punter" "bugger all" and "moggy". I think punter means a schmuck, but I'm not sure.
     
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    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    You can't Google it?

    I've had some unpleasant encounters with Brits who feel "It's English!" and don't elaborate.

    I've seen "punter" used to refer to one who frequents go-go bars and takes girls home. I suspect that the word refers to a participant of some sort (women or gambling or some vice).

    "Sod it" might refer to what is erroneously knows as Sod's Law. "If something can go wrong, it will." Somebody who says this might not be happy.

    The law can be credited to more than one person, of course, even Finnagle. But, Sgt. Murphy at Muroc Air Base (now Edwards) made the documented utterance.

    "Bugger all" sounds like "fuck it all" to me. As a language teacher, it's too bad you didn't produce any of these words in context.

    "Moggy" sounds like muddled and foggy run together, suggesting something very unclear. It isn't. Moggy can be mongrel cat, a fond term for a cow, a not so fond term for a woman, where is the context? (I cheated on this one.)

    So much for my attempts at language analysis without context.
     
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    punter = customer moggy = cat
     
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    :biglaugh: as BF said, customer

    nothing to do with sod's law ... means screw it (as in up the @$$ - derived from sodomy)

    not much, or nothing at all
     
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    unless on crompton street london then it means a lot more:biglaugh:
     
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    Farang_Ba Thread Starter Active Member

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    Thanks all! Anyhow, British terminology aside, it's an entertaining book!
     
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    clues in context, I would ass-ume it might be used as a reference to backdoor activities...
     
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    :biglaugh:
     

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