It occurred to me last night that several good-hearted commenters were baffled by Vaxlady’s request to avoid a particular word. (I also learned some interesting information about the Queen’s use of slang. I haven’t met her, so I’ll take their word for it). For many people in the US, that word is as derogatory to women as the N word is to people of color. It’s rarely used, so it still has shock value - much as the F word had about 50 years ago.
Having commenters from every English-speaking country here, I thought SAVers might like to share some other words or phrases that surprise, offend or just stymie them. With global media, there may not be as misunderstandings now. But this might keep s few OT threads off the main pages, and may just help avoid a future flame-war.
I shared one last night: when I soent a semester at school in England, I couldn’t understand why people kept asking me - a female - to “knock them up.” It took a few weeks before I understood it meant “come knock on my door.” Caused me a lot of embarrassment.