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Old 12-02-2008, 05:53 PM
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What is a "tosser" ? Is it the same thing as a poofster? Or is it more of an "aristocratic twit" meaning?
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:24 PM
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a tosser is generally a derogatory term for a person which refers to them being of a homosexual nature.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:34 PM
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Odd... where I'm from, we follow British slang trends pretty closely - and I always believed that 'tosser' was a synonym for 'wanker'. Which is quite an odd insult, really, since wanking is just a vulgar term for masturbation, so it's hardly grounds for stinging criticism. You might as well attack people for being 'air-breathing ground dwellers'...
Anyhow, the word 'toss' in that context shows up in sayings like 'having a toss' or 'I don't give a toss'.
I never heard of it having connotations of homosexuality...
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:23 AM
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Big D has it correct Tosser has nothing to do with homosexuals, although some may well also be tossers. However given how many more non-homosexuals there are most tossers will be hetero.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:43 AM
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British slang is glorious stuff!

Then again, I'm a sucker for UK dialects and 'accents'... especially in the ladies.
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Ladies, definitely.
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I love that "Vulgar" British words can be used on American TV. "Bugger" was used a lot in Buffy.
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Or the two-fingered up-yer-bum gesture. No one gets that either.
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:33 PM
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Good one, Jer. I find the gesture so much more enjoyable than the standard 'flipping the bird' here!
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