T-Shirt Forums banner
1 - 20 of 27 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I've been a long time lurker around here and I now I need to enlist some help from you guys! :)

I design automotive themed t-shirts and I'm working on an anti-truck shirt. The design has a street sign of a truck with the text "LORRIES SUCK" underneath it, "lorries" being the British term for "trucks."

Is there a British equivalent for the word "sucks"? I'm trying to get these shirts as authentic as possible.

Thanks!

-Tom
 

· Registered
Joined
·
2,468 Posts
I presume you're aiming for "bollocks"? It's rude, but not that rude.

The problem is, he wants a verb, and you're giving him nouns. "Lorries are Rubbish" and "Lorries are Bollocks" don't really give the same punch (and the second one doesn't make any sense, even in slang, although has an oddly nice vibe to it).

The problem is, "lorries" isn't a very "readable" word in the UK. Truck is obviously a truck, when written or heard. You could hear the word "lorries" and obviously know what it is, but "lorries" is a very odd word to see written. Which isn't really what you want form a punchy slogan. Even the singular "lorry" looks a little odd to my eye (whereas the verbal version is fine).

HGV would probably be a more recognisable, or Lorry in the singular (at a pinch).

And if you're aiming to be authentic....the equivalenty shirt in England would probably be ruder (like "F**k LORRY DRIVERS")
 

· Registered
Joined
·
2,468 Posts
FTWear said:
monkeylantern - you would obviously be Very surprised at the amount of people in the UK that still use pants! (the word, not the item of clothing) :p
I've only been away 18 months :)

The only people now who do so are those who do so in the same spirit as grandparents speaking to their grandchilden with 1980s slang they just got around to absorbing. Although still usually spoken as if with quotation marks (Is this "cool"? Is that "cool"?).

Or the ironic :)
 

· Registered
Joined
·
80 Posts
TomPowered said:
"BLOODY LORRIES" sounds cool but it sort of lacks the punch I was looking for...anyone have any other ideas?
If your market is the UK, then 'bloody lorries' is great because it epitomizes the British conservative culture imo... Traditionally, Brits wouldn't shout it from the rooftops, you can just see them mumbling under their breath, 'bloody lorries' :p

If your market is the US then I can see where the punch comes in.

Anyway, I'll have another think... no guarantees though! ;)
 

· Registered
Joined
·
429 Posts
Bloody Lorries is pretty perfect. I usually use the f word behind them though as they continually want to overtake each other!!
 
1 - 20 of 27 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top