rubbish [BE] talk trash [AE]

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Musical Chairs

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Japan & US, Japanese & English
In the US, sometimes they say someone "talked trash" about someone.

In BE, do they say "talk rubbish" at all?
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Yes, but not usually talk rubbish about someone.

    To "talk rubbish" is to talk nonsense: to say things which are inaccurate or illogical.

    To "rubbish" someone or something is to denigrate: to say that the person or thing is worthless. It's a colloquial expression, rather than something you'd write in an academic paper.

    Loob
     

    Musical Chairs

    Senior Member
    Japan & US, Japanese & English
    Here, someone "talking trash" about someone means saying bad things about them, true or not.

    I guess it means something a little different in BE.

    Edit: Someone who "rubbishes me" is someone who says I'm worthless?
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Someone who "rubbishes me" is someone who says I'm worthless?
    Yes - worthless, useless, bad at your job etc etc.

    It sounds as if BrE "to rubbish" is the equivalent of AmE "to talk trash about". Via google, I found this AmE phrase:

    Don't talk trash about male cheerleaders, they can throw you further than you think

    which in BrE would be
    Don't rubbish male cheerleaders, they can throw you further than you think.

    Loob
     
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