Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
Have you ever heard the word fisticuffs? Would you be able to define it?
It’s a word that I’ve heard many times and that I can use in speech, but I realized today that I can’t define it. I had to look up the definition. When speaking with people who are not native speakers of English, it often makes me realize just many words there are that I can’t actually define very well even though I use them all of the time.
Post # 3
@ScottishMrs: Yes, heard it. I would define it as a “scuffle.”
Post # 4
@ScottishMrs: It’s kind of like saying that two people “came to blows” right?
Post # 5
Fisticuffs = fight with fists. I usually imagine an old timey-wimey fight, one where the guys are sporting handle bar mustaches.
Post # 6
I work with students from India and China and they use a very proper and dated form of English when communicating. No joke that I had a student say to me, “I desired to purchase a top of the line, new automobile. However, the prices were so substantiale that I was forced to buy this jalopy.”
My students usually have a better vocab than I do which can be good fun! But I’m always defining slang words and phrases (like “what’s up” or “twerking”) and sometimes curse words (f$ck and asshole came up just last year)!
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@ScottishMrs: yes. “What, fisticuffs? I’d do anything, for you dear, anything…” From Oliver!
Post # 9
I always think of the cowardly lion “put em up, put em up” when I think of fisticuffs haha. I was an avid romance novel reader in my pre-teens so Victorian English is pretty much a part of my every day vocabulary.
Post # 11
Yes, from the musical “Oliver!”
Post # 12
Yes, from Oliver! Means a small fight or a scuffle.