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Old 16th October 2007, 03:31   #286
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A George Mikes reader!

I'm amazed and delighted to read that quote

Is it from How to be an Alien? A book that seems almost as true about the British Character today as when it was written decades ago!

A more commonly known saying is: Britain and America: two countries divided by a common language
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Old 16th October 2007, 07:59   #287
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Is it from How to be an Alien? A book
Or perhaps from How to Scrape Skies.

Also read a bit of Richard Armour, in the same vein (of humour).
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in the same vein (of humour).
In which same vein I would request Sam (yes, the one of Kapasi fame) to please do a tutorial on the word 'jerking' and it's usage in the context of cars.
A growing number of 'jerking' cars and Safari Dicors are being seen on various threads! I'm sure there is a more dignified way to express that particular characteristic of cars.
And if it is minds that need cleaning up, I promise I'll seek treatment at my shrink's!

Sam, .

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How to Scrape Skies. A new one to me. Thanks!

Jerking? well, it does seems that some people like to have a remarkably, errr... how to put it? Intimate relationship with cars or the idea of them! And we all know what they say about men with big cars!!
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... And we all know what they say about men with big cars!!
they also have big garages?
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Such a wonderful word, such varied meanings I don't know where to begin.

Jerk: (Pronounced juhrk.)

The most common way to use this is with reference to a sudden quick movement. Often a repetitive movement.

This is perhaps why people say things like "Arrey, my car is jerking"

There are indeed other options you could use, like bucking, shaking, wobbling, dhadam-dhadaming, being an arse again and acting like a camel on heat.

But the common thing in India is to say that your car is jerking.

Other examples of using it like a verb are "He jerked his head up and stared"

Jerk is also a noun: The action of moving something quickly. "He drove off with a jerk", "She pulled him towards her with a jerk"

Of course there is another translation to this too.

Jerk: An annoying/stupid person, mostly stereotypically male.
So while the above 2 sentences could change their meaning
"He drove off with a jerk"
He got some annoying person into his car and then drove off.

"She pulled him towards her with a jerk" She bent a stupid man like a hook and used him to hook another guy, much like a fishing rod and pull him towards herself. Uhhhhhh.....

Anyways, if you're at a club and you grab a lady's derriere (this is a french word for bum), chances are she's either calling you a jerk, or a commonly used word for an anal aperture. It is advisable never to do this to a lady, especially if she is carrying a handbag, a cricet bat or worse, a strong man with her.

Jerk Off: Add a little word like off, and you have a whole new meaning to this wonderful word.

He was jerking off in style - he was masturbating with aplomb.
While this is the most obvious usage, it is also used to indicate a wasting of time.
Hey hurry up, we're just sitting around jerking off, waiting for you. This sentence does not indicate group masturbation, it means that they are all sitting around wasting time.

In some cases, an extremely annoying person is also called a jerk-off. This does not mean that you hold the person in your right palm and vigorously shake him back and forth.

Jerking around: To beat around the bush, not get to the point, purposely waste time and not finish the work at hand

"Hey stop jerking around and get back to work"
"Stop jerking me around, are you gonna give me the money or not?

To jerk meat - is to cure dried meat and cook ot over a fire. The product obtained by these means is often packaged and sold as a meat jerky.

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It would have been wonderfully jerk-y to have you as an English teacher at my school, 'cause my teacher there was a real jerk.

JOMCL - Jerking On My chair with Laughter.
(your 4th explanation does not apply here. am at office)



Thanks for that Sam!!!
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Thanks, Sam. Utterly delightful!
Particularly the way you have explained certain meanings with aplomb!

I have a doubt about this one though:
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Jerk is also a noun: The action of moving something quickly. "He drove off with a jerk", "She pulled him towards her with a jerk"
Is this correct? Which word would be the noun in the above two examples?
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Thanks, Sam. Utterly delightful!
Particularly the way you have explained certain meanings with aplomb!

I have a doubt about this one though:

Is this correct? Which word would be the noun in the above two examples?
You are right. In this case I've used it more as an intransitive verb and not so much as a noun.
With a jerk: In the case of with an annoying person, the jerk is the noun heh heh.

But as a classic noun it would be "A jerk of the head"
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they also have big garages?
No silly! They obviously have bigger bank balances!
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And we all know what they say about men with big cars!!
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No silly! They obviously have bigger bank balances!
And bigger jerks!!
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But as a classic noun it would be "A jerk of the head"
Let it pass.
All this 'needless' Wren & Martining detracts from that brilliant piece!
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And bigger jerks!!
Is that what Thad meant? I'm kinda lost.
Who be them bigger jerks? And what they got to do with big-car men?
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They say men with big cars have small pee-pees. You know, bangers, wieners, lizards, little brothers. That it's some kind of phallic substitute for the lack of being well endowed.

I don't know. I've always suspected that the guys who said that had small cars.

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Gee Thanks, Sam. How silly of me not to have thunk it myself!
I think we better shift gears now - this page is becoming a mite pornographic!
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