barf [connotation?]

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I was talking with my friend from a foreign country, I said, "I barfed the other day....". Then she started to laugh and couldn't stop for a while. That looked so funny to her. I asked what was so funny, but she just kept on laughing and didn't tell me why.
What do you think made her laugh a lot? I knew 'barf' is a slang, so I thought maybe that's the reason for that.
  • Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    "Barf" is a slang slang (it's a slang expression) that we don't often hear from non-native speakers, and that's why your friend laughed.
    I don't associate it with alcohol, or young people (more than any other slang), or particular schools.
    The neutral expression is "to throw up" ("I threw up"). "To vomit" sounds clinical.


    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I have heard it in BE, although I had it mentally marked down as a transatlantic import. :)

    I'd be surprised to hear a non-native speaker use it, I must admit.

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    I know for fact that I first heard 'barf' in use by American kids, when I was about 40.
    Like veli, I use 'puke', 'throw up' or 'be sick', unless I'm talking to the doctor.
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