old scrubber

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by Chantal**, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Chantal**

    Chantal** Senior Member

    Hi everyone!!

    Have you ever heard the expression "You old scrubber"? I can't understand what does it mean, maybe an offense? As the word scrubber means "spazzolone"...I can't find a right and fluently translation into italian..can you help me? I heard this expression during a discussion on translation, and it was taken from a book of Jane Gordon.

    Thank you very much!
  2. pattyfashiion Senior Member

    Scrubber è un abbattitore/assorbitore sempre nel contesto del lavaggio...
  3. Teerex51

    Teerex51 Senior Member

    Milan, Italy
    Italian, standard
    In the UK you wouldn't call a woman "scrubber" (synonymous with slapper) and get away with it :rolleyes: (it's kind of old-fashioned, though, but definitely no compliment).
  4. Murphy

    Murphy Senior Member

    Sicily, Italy
    English, UK
    It's BE slang for "puttana":warn:....like Teerex says, it's definitely an insult but it's not really a swearword. It possibily corresponds to "zoccola" or similar.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2010
  5. Teerex51

    Teerex51 Senior Member

    Milan, Italy
    Italian, standard
    I've been racking my brain to find an Italian equivalent, even though we have no context to work with. It'd be something like "vecchia baldracca" :D

    Edit: I just saw Murphy's addition. Yep, "vecchia zoccola" works a treat :D
  6. london calling Senior Member

    Come dice un mio collega: vecchio topo di sesso femminile.:D
  7. johngiovanni

    johngiovanni Senior Member

    "Vecchia sgualdrina"?

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