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Roots? a vulgarity

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Roots? a vulgarity

In Canada Roots was a proud sponsor of our Canadian Olympics, but I believe someone intimated that :"Roots" was a somewhat less than desirable term in Australia. Any insights, as we are contemplating bringing gifts for friends from Canada......and what might the insinuation be?

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1. Re: Roots? a vulgarity

Slang for having sex with. Fanny also has a different meaning here

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2. Re: Roots? a vulgarity

probably should add that most Aussies would get a laugh out of it and not be offended unless they are especially sensitive

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3. Re: Roots? a vulgarity

depends on the context.

but yes, one is as above

the expression for instance 'i root for the home team' might get a smile or a raised eyebrow but in the end we know the difference.

so really not too much of a problem.

u can also say ' i am rooted' which means ' i am tired'

Edited: 01 February 2013, 03:12
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We've grown up with Amerian television and so are very familiar with the use of the word 'roots' and I can't imagine anyone would be concerned should you use the word. In fact, we pronounce the word route as 'root', so that may make you smile, when we say, which route did you take? :)

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5. Re: Roots? a vulgarity

But you can, however, wear thongs out in public.

Edited: 01 February 2013, 03:24
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6. Re: Roots? a vulgarity

But if someone calls you a Wombat in a derogatory way, you have our permission to give them the full cutlery sign :o)

Edited: 01 February 2013, 03:38
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7. Re: Roots? a vulgarity

What does Roots make in Canada?

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8. Re: Roots? a vulgarity

http://canada.roots.com/

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9. Re: Roots? a vulgarity

Hi,

A certain element call retirement homes "dun rootin".

I can 't believe any Australian would find leather gear from Roots offensive. The same probably couldn't be said for the original owner of the hide, which as lien says is now well and truely "rooted".

The Rootes motor group used to manufacture vehicles which when marketed in Oz were "rooted" before they left the showroom floor.

Are you confused now?

Cheers,

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10. Re: Roots? a vulgarity

You can also go "rooting around"... this might mean either promiscuous behaviour, or looking for something. Eg I've been rooting around in the cupboard... or a bandicoot might be rooting around in the garden when feeding. I have a sister fond of "rooting around in the cupboard" and I rather think she likes the double meaning. :-)