Favorite Words or Phrases

  • RM1(SS)

    Senior Member
    English - US (Midwest)
    I like the English word "mugwump". It means a person who can't decide which side they are on. We also say they are "on the fence", because they are not in THIS yard or THAT yard. They are in-between. When I was a kid, the word was explained to me as someone (a cat, perhaps?), sitting on fence with his MUG (face) on one side and his WUMP on the other side.
    Richard Armour said they were called "mugwumps" because they sat on the fence with their mugs on one side and their wumps on the other.
     

    Encolpius

    Senior Member
    Hungarian
    Most languages use an ugly word for the hot drink made by pouring boiling water onto the dried leaves an evergreen shrub native to China, India and other East Asian countries, but in Polish it is herbata - herbatka. ❤️❤️❤️
     

    Welsh_Sion

    Senior Member
    Welsh - Northern
    Agree as to 'herbata', enco, but which word were you thinking of in the first part of your sentence: chai (and its variants) or tea (and its variants)?

    And in Cockney you have 'Rosie/Ros(e)y' [Lee] = tea.
     
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