8/11/09

Brit Word of the Day

Todays BWOTD is going to be a popular one I think:

"We all had a good old argy-bargy"

'Argy-bargy' = a lively and confrontational discussion

This dates back to the late 1800's and is basically a duplication of 'argue' with links to Scottish & English dialect. Most people would say this is a very lively discussion, but some would also use it if it got mildly physical too.

It's certainly one of the most fun Brit expressions and a great one for causing utter confusion for those not in the know. So go forth dear friends, have/cause an argy-bargy and then use this BWOTD!

10 comments:

Strange Mamma said...

I love that things can get 'mildly physical' and still be called 'a good old' anything. Love this one.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love this one. Brand new to me.

Daryl said...

Ah .. a lot of Argy-Bargy goes on in Casa Edelstein where two very opinionated people live ...

musingegret said...

I want to use this but am not sure of the pronunciation---is it arjee-barjee or argee-bargee?? ;-)

Pat said...

Hard g or soft g?
Either way, it's a cute word!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

It is pronounced with a soft g - arjy-barjy :-)

karen said...

I love it! Haven't heard that for a while..

Troy said...

Yes I think there has to be at least a little finger poking if not some actual pushing and shoving going on for it to be true argy-bargy.

Pam said...

I love the word argy-bargy. Or compound word. Or two words merged together into a phrase. But I thought it was with a real "g" sound. Like Argeeee bargeeee. A general all purpose Brit word that means lots of things!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Ok let me try this again!!

Sounds like G as in Geee Whizz