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    Default British use of "wet"

    The other day I asked my English friend if he liked Money Mark, and his reply was, "Aeh, he's kinda wet," which I took to mean watered down, wack, sappy, compromised, like a eunuch. Can anyone offer any comments?

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    Red face Could it be that he said a diferent word?

    I just asked one of my english coworkers and he said that he had never heard of an "idiom" or a term like that. Could it be that you heard wrong or maybe he was referring to something else?

    enlight us by asking your friend again.

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    Default the term used was "wet", to be sure

    I thought it was a great word, too, and I have started using it at every opportunity. Encourage your coworker to do the same.

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    What is Money Mark?

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    I think this is slang that has entered the language in the past few decades - I don't recall its use in my younger years. I would go by the definitions at:

    www.peevish.co.uk/slang/w.htm (feeble; emotional; effeminate)

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    www.artistwd.com/joyzine/australia/strine/w-3.php (1. weak; feeble; spiritless. 2. stupid; senseless)

    I think I've generally taken to understanding it as a contraction (and development) of "wet behind the ears" - see for example:

    www.answers.com/topic/wet-behind-the-ears

    maybe also associated with limpness which may result from being wet. But maybe I'm just guessing.
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    Default cheers robert!

    thanks for taking time to respond. those websites are great.

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    Talking Wet

    Quote Originally Posted by elmeromero
    The other day I asked my English friend if he liked Money Mark, and his reply was, "Aeh, he's kinda wet," which I took to mean watered down, wack, sappy, compromised, like a eunuch. Can anyone offer any comments?

    oK, I know it's all a bit late but I HAVE just joined the forum.

    You are right in your translation of wet - a bit like a wet fish - limp; no backbone etc etc.

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    I have not heard this, but we should start using it, dont you think?

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    Hey Emilyb- Did you hear that new Britney Spears song??? Now THAT is wet.

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    carlam, it is wet! sooo dissapointing....that girl....

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