Pickin’ up new terms

Hanging around the Brit Michelle all the time will make one pick up a few terms for the vocabulary. I’ve already been accused of using the phrase “taking the piss” (making fun of someone) a few times around my “mates” (friends) which in turn makes them take the piss outta me. Phil will always say, “Oh so NOW you’re British!”. Once in awhile Michelle will bust out a new phrase that completely catches me by surprise I have to stop her mid sentence and ask her to repeat it. Some of my new favs that I catch myself using are, “Manky” (Nasty/gross) As in Michelle is right manky since she didn’t have a shower after her workout. Another one is “egg timin’”. I’m not actually sure if this is a British word or just a Michelle-ism but she uses to it mean her computer is being slow and the mouse pointer is gone and has turned into the egg timer.

“Oh my God, my damn computer is egg timin’ and I’m late for my appointment! Help me mate, I can’t be bothered to fix this and plus I’m manky!”

That’s usually how it goes when her computer is egg timin’, many words of frustration. Perhaps the best phrase I heard this week came out during a conversation about kickboxing.

Michelle: What are you gonna do Friday?

Me: I’ll probably go to kickboxing and then who knows? Are you going to come?

Michelle: Naw I can’t it’s hen night.

Me: Oh rea—-wha? Hen night?

Michelle: Yup!

Me: What’s that?

Michelle: It’s Hen night, y’know for girls, we’re taking Eve out before her wedding.

Me: Oh so like a bachelorette party?

Michelle: Yup!

Me: I’ve never heard that, so would a bachelor party be cock night?

Michelle: I suppose…..

Since they’ve been planning this party all week, I’ve heard the phrase ‘hen night’ at least seven times and it never ceases to make me snark out loud. I get such a visual of all these white hens in a barnyard gathered around bocking and cackling much like women do during a night out on the town.

I don’t mean to take the piss Michelle, I just hope your computer or anything else doesn’t egg time on hen night.


  1. momma said,

    February 1, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

    Funny!! It’d be fun to go henning with Michelle at the Chippendales

  2. mego said,

    February 4, 2008 @ 7:12 am

    another new look for e.v.t. nice!
    i do love michelle’s british-ness. it’s like a foreign language!

  3. Phil said,

    February 6, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

    You are such a wanker

  4. Jake said,

    February 17, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

    Last night we were watching an Aussie comedy show and the main gal was about to get married. So, her friends planned a hen’s night!

    P.S. The bachelor party was called a stag party…

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