1. RyanRoszak

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    American Slang LOTS OF NOISE - Request

    Discussion in 'Research' started by RyanRoszak, Apr 5, 2020.

    Calling all US members...

    I’m writing for a character who hails from Philadelphia - I need a natural sounding word for him to use when complaining about [lots of noise], specifically someone else making it.

    My natural inclination, as a Brit, is to reference someone making a “din”, but something tells me this just isn’t right. Ideas? Cheers.

    (If I’ve put this in the wrong forum, feel free to move it admins)
     
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    Racket.
     
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    Hullabaloo?

    I'm just guessing.
     
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    Racket, yes.

    Hullabaloo, no. Not unless your story takes place at the turn of last century and the fellah's are sporting old-timie skimmers, then... maybe. And we do not use din or row at all in common parlance (though both are known to us).

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    Many thanks guys. Looks like "racket" it is.
     
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    This is what happens when you were born in the wrong century :D
     
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    What I would actually say? "What is that shit?"

    Racket works, I guess. If you're old.
     
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    O, I must make sure my writing is hip and down with the kids.
     
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    Meh, just saying. Never heard anyone under 60 tell someone to stop making a racket.
     
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    SHUT UP!!!!

    SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!

    KEEP IT DOWN!

    KNOCK IT OFF!!! (Shortened from "knock off that racket" probably.)

    My father suggested "quit it" or "stop that noise"

    Anyways....how old are your characters? I can see mouthy teenagers yelling "SHUT THE FUCK UP!!" But I don't see a 4 year old or an 85 year old saying that.....
     
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    How the hell did I forget this???

    "Pipe down!"

    "Keep it down!" (you can add, "to a dull roar, kids!")
     
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    "I can't hear myself think!"

    uproar
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions - the guy is about 40, and he’s complaining about this “racket” to someone else, rather than directly to the person making it, which is why I’m after a word for “noise” specifically, rather than a “shut the fuck up”-style order (much as he is the sort of character to go in for this..)
     
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    I'd say you can't go wrong with 'racket.' It's still a term I hear a lot, to describe an overly noisy situation.
     
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