Your Very Own (lovemedammit) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Regional interpretation

"Despite all the pressure - the letters from lawyers, the letters from MPs, the strangers knocking up my family and neighbours - if people from "disconnected" families tell me that Scientology is a cult, that will be reported."

( from this article on BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6650545.stm )

This paragraph made me giggle - I'm from the southern part of the U.S. and to me the term "knocking up" refers to getting someone pregnant. In fact, I dare say that I've never heard it used as it is here, although from the context it's fairly obvious that the author means pestering, perhaps even literally knocking on the doors of said family and neighbors.

So now I'm curious: what's your reaction to the phrase "knocking up" and where are you from?
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