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Usage Note. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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Usage Note.
It was, naturally, only after wishing an American fellow-slash-fan better health that I realised that 'seedy' and 'off-colour' mean Something Rather Different in American.

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altri_uccelli From: altri_uccelli Date: May 17th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, "down at the heels, verging on sleazy" and "risque," respectively. What do they mean in the UK?
sollersuk From: sollersuk Date: May 17th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Both mean varying degrees of "not very well"
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 18th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

As ever, Sollers is correct.

Fortunately, my correspondent was bilingual, speaking English as well as American....
altri_uccelli From: altri_uccelli Date: May 18th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: As ever, Sollers is correct.

Yes, I got that it was about feeling unwell from the context, but I was wondering about the nuances. My guesses: seedy means enervated and listless, and off-colour is for when someone looks actually sick and green around the gills.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 18th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

And as ever, you are perfectly right.

Clever old you.
sollersuk From: sollersuk Date: May 17th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 18th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Indeed, yes.

But at least it was - well, Femme's let that feline out of the sack, so: at least it was Noe, who speaks English as well.
femmequixotic From: femmequixotic Date: May 18th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Well. She is seedy. And off-colour.

AHAHAHAHAHA.

She just called me a bitch for saying that.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 18th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

I've no patience with you, said he, patiently.

Amazin' you're not both of you Banned in Boston.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: May 18th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to the world of an ESL speaker! Admittedly, over the years I've gained enough fluency in English to avoid the worst verbal gaffes, but ... yeah. :)

Tl;dr -- been there, done that!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 18th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, AESL.

Bricks, social, for dropping.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: May 18th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well, AESL.

rofl

LOL.

Somehow, I expected a comment in that vein. :)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 18th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Seems unexceptionable.

It's as much its own language as Scots, after all.
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: May 18th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
It took me a minute ...

Your book arrived this morning! Hurrah!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 18th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'll pretend that the excitement of the book was to blame.

Yes, bit of a facer, although I was In Good Hands as far as its being Darling Friend Noe, Who Kindly Did Not Mock Me.
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