British subtext: Half of Americans wouldn’t be able to tell that a Briton is calling them an idiot
January 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
The word 'w@nker' and Americans: Observed and practical personal experience:
1. A chap in Florida was convinced that w@nker was a compliment.
2. I went postal on a bloke at the range for safety issues, not our bloke on the range, another one. The word w@nker was liberally being thrown around by me at this utter mong who stood there with a blank, clueless, look on his face. My mate Danny wanders up to the bloke and whispers in his ear, "****** ain't a good word, its 10 times worse than being an asshole so you should be taking him (thats me) seriously and probably listen and nod a bit". Danny is an ex-marine who knows the score having done a bit with the shakey's.
You also hear British actors ad-libbing and throwing Brit abuse around on telly prog's and interviews and it goes straight over the heads of Americans.