They're as self-centered as we are!

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 3 22:22:17 UTC 2009

The only cases that count are the ones in which _knick_ is used as
slang for "steal" by Americans. I.e,. the UK writer, in writing to an
American Web magazine, is assuming, American-style, that *all*
speakers of English are going to be familiar with a slang term
peculiar to his own variety of English. I'd bet a fat man that most
Americans reading his note had not the least idea what the writer
meant by "... borrow, (some would say 'knick') ..."


On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at> wrote:
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> On 3 Nov 2009, at 20:28, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> From a Britspeak letter to the editor of ZDNet:
>> ... " 'borrow' (some would say _'knick'_)" ...
> A few thousand GHits for ["I|he|she|you|we knicked"]. Both in the
> sense of "cut slightly" ("I knicked my leg|scrotum while shaving") and
> "steal" ("We knicked a Tesco trolley to use as a barbeque").
> Best,
> Chris
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