Thursday, January 8, 2009

Septic

Perhaps my proudest day as a Londoner so far was when my countrymen told me what this term means in relationship to Americans.

That's trust, daddy-o!

3 comments:

grey_zealot said...

I swung by Dictionary.com to check the official definitions.

I'm afraid to ask, but feel compelled: What do they mean when they use it in relation to the U.S.?

Jeff_Grubb said...

It is rhyming slang - Septic Tank = Yank.

In Australia, they take it one step further in crypto-meaning by calling Americans "Seppies"

Jason said...

Jeff's right - it's the whole Cockney rhyme game.

And as you might suspect, it's a bit pejorative.