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John Byrne

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Posted: 20 November 2020 at 7:21pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Drifting thru nostalgia, and recalled this word, a favorite from my childhood in England. It basically means “stupid”.

Hey, members from Britain—is it still in use?

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Robbie Moubert
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Posted: 20 November 2020 at 8:49pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

It's definitely still in use although I couldn't say when I last used it. A young (mid-20s) acquaintance of mine says she uses it all the time.

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James Woodcock
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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 2:15am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Yep, a special kind of stupid.

We used to abbreviate it to calling someone ‘a gorm’
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 5:59am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Definitely still used in The Black Country!
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 6:05am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

This has made me think of a couple of local words that
do seem to have gone out of regular use, 'Gom' as a
substitute for god as in 'My gom' and 'Ruddy' as in
Ruddy hell'
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Raj Dhami
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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 8:27am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Gormless is still very much in "circulation" and is normally partnered alongside "Git"  (e.g "that Boris Johnson is a gormless git") just to add further insult to injury :)

FYI...Boris just used as an example, not used as a statement of political leaning.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 8:35am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

“Ruddy” is a euphemism, of course, used by those who think “bloody” is a bit too near the bone, derived as it is from the antique oath “Christ’s blood”.

My mother, who was not what you’d call religious, had a particular dislike of “bloody”.

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John Byrne

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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 8:38am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

For American readers, I should perhaps mention/remind that the Black Country—which is where I’m from—refers to the coal mining districts in the Midlands.
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Robbie Moubert
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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 8:50am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

In 2007 BBC1 broadcast the Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse series Ruddy Hell!! It's Harry and Paul, although from the second series onwards it was changed to just Harry and Paul.

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Peter Martin
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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 9:26am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Ruddy was still in use when I was a child but it tended to be used by folk from the more rural areas. Hagrid uses it quite a bit in the Potter films. Ruddy great thing it was, etc.

Gormless is definitely still in use, though not particularly common. Someone who hasn't got a clue. Basically, Trigger in Only Fools and Horses.
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 4:55pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

How about 'plank', 'pratt', 'daft pillock', and 'big girls' blouse'? I think PM Boris used the latter once on Jeremy Corbyn in the house. :^D

The new one for me is 'numpty'. I like to collect these in various languages; I have a small but potent number of Dutch and Japanese put-downs and swear words too.

Gormless equates to clueless in my understanding.

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Ian Penman
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Posted: 21 November 2020 at 6:33pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Still in use. I prefer 'dozy'  myself.
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