Michael Sheen and Jon Hamm will be dropping Good Omens this week on Amazon Prime. But ahead of all that Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett goodness, they swung by Vanity Fair’s studio at SXSW and had a fun time sharing the slang of their cultures. For Sheen, that meant sharing Welsh slang and confounding us Americans with a “w” used as a vowel. Meanwhile, Hamm represented for the people of St. Louis, Missouri, talking sports and idioms and busted out his hometown accent.
I quite like “tidy,” and will awkwardly attempt to work that into conversation from here on out. “Cwtch” I definitely cannot pull off; pretty sure you need the accent on that one. As for St. Louis’s contribution to the slang bible, a lot of it is super specific to them! Though as someone whose hometown is also very floodable, I have a distinct appreciation for “If the Lord is willin’ and the crick don’t rise.” However, the easiest to employ slang from Missouri: “T-ravs” sounds like some Tom Haverford nonsense.
Which of these slang terms have you heard before? Which are you most likely to try adding to your repertoire?
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