Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:33
I'm glad that's been explained by another - though it does bring a smile to my face, especially since my son gave me a mug with that and LOL printed on it. Somehow it didn't seem too offensive after that!
And the glottal stop! After my very first day at infants' school (before they were called Primary Schools) I sat at the tea table and, having instantly copied the bad habits of the North London dialect, asked my mother for "a bi' a bread 'n' bu'er". The Instant put-down was: "A bit goes in the horse's mouth. It is a piece of bread and butter. You may ask again." I did ask again. And I didn't make the same mistake again (at home, at least. the school playground was another matter . . . . )