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Old April 21 2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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Question to the (Queen's) English-speaking authors...

I say "Queen's English" because I'm looking for a British colloquialism that's equivalent to "and then it all went to hell/got FUBAR", that sort of thing. Thanks in advance!!
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Old April 21 2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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Re: Question to the (Queen's) English-speaking authors...

went to hell is normally good...

screwed up, messed up... those sort of things...

depends on use really, and the speaker's tone

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Old April 21 2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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Re: Question to the (Queen's) English-speaking authors...

Also could depend on the speaker. i.e if it were a British speaker he/she might go for understatment. i.e

"It didn't go quite according plan" , "Things got a bit sticky"

Without the context of where it is being used it hard to say. There is the saying "It went pear shaped"
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Old April 22 2012, 02:15 AM   #4
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Re: Question to the (Queen's) English-speaking authors...

Thanks y'all! I might use "pear shaped". Basically, the character is describing a situation she was in that deteriorated rapidly, i.e. "things went to hell."
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Old April 23 2012, 07:23 PM   #5
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Re: Question to the (Queen's) English-speaking authors...

If you want your characters to act very Britishly have them say that its 'getting a bit dicey' or 'that's a touch awkward' and then take a slip from a cuppa.
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Old April 23 2012, 09:32 PM   #6
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Re: Question to the (Queen's) English-speaking authors...

"Everything's gone tits up!" - that's the phrase you want.
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Old April 24 2012, 11:10 PM   #7
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Re: Question to the (Queen's) English-speaking authors...

I was about to say "tits up" too, and I would also have added an "Old chap" to the end.
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