|Slang City Mail|
|April 14, 2005|
Slang of the
Week: knock up (verb phrase)
This expression was an eye opener for me when I lived in Great Britain, because as with many slang phrases, it does not have the same meaning on the other side of the pond.
After walking me home from a party, a man I had just met surprised me by saying that he would knock me up on the following day. In the UK, people use knock up to mean wake someone up by knocking on their door.
Britney Spears’ pregnancy has been announced in the news with a variety of slang and euphemisms, including preggers and on stork watch. My favorite, from E! Entertainment, was the 1950s-style slang headline, “Brit’s Bun in the Oven.”