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The words that give away that a poster is actually British

Knob

Wanker

Uni

Mum

Brilliant!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 41213 hours ago

Whilst

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 103/27/2021

Guv'n.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 203/27/2021

Favour, flavour, colour

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 303/27/2021

arse

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 403/27/2021

jab as in COVID

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 503/27/2021

antidisestablishmentarianism

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 603/27/2021

Watah (water)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 703/27/2021

OP is a TWAT

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 803/27/2021

Cunt, used as a term of endearment.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 903/27/2021

That'll be eight bob to you guvnor.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1003/27/2021

Wrong OP.

Because of the prevalence of Brits in the EU many english speakers in other countries use those same terms, you sodding wanker.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1103/27/2021

Dickhead.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1203/27/2021

Poppycock!

Innit!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1303/27/2021

Lift

Flat

Pub

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1403/27/2021

[quote] Because of the prevalence of Brits in the EU

Not anymore.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1503/27/2021

Whinge

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1603/27/2021

antidisestablishmentarianistically

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1703/27/2021

referring to cake as "pudding".

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1803/27/2021

attend university

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 1903/27/2021

go to hospital

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2003/27/2021

r19 and referring to it as "uni".

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2103/27/2021

attend uni

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2203/27/2021

A&E; stretcher; courgette; binbag;

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2303/27/2021

Smeghead

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2403/27/2021

bellend

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2503/27/2021

Bob’s your uncle.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2603/27/2021

In fairness, I'll sometimes use these, but I'm just being pretentious.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2703/27/2021

“at” the weekend

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2803/27/2021

Bob's your uncle; "The origins are uncertain, but a common theory is that the expression arose after Conservative Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury ("Bob") appointed his nephew Arthur Balfour as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1887, an act of nepotism, which was apparently both surprising and unpopular. Whatever other qualifications Balfour might have had, "Bob's your uncle" was seen as the conclusive one."

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 2903/27/2021

Maths; arithmetic

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3003/27/2021

[quote]“at” the weekend

Is that like "an" Only Fans?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3103/27/2021

Lift instead of elevator

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3203/27/2021

Quite right.

Put a foot wrong.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3303/27/2021

Sarnie

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3403/27/2021

Jacket potato

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3503/27/2021

Brown sauce

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3603/27/2021

To me the weirdest: using plural verb forms for collective nouns or corporations:

"Do you know what the government do with the unemployed?"

Ford are planning an announcement".

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3703/27/2021

"Math" in the plural, "I'm not good at maths".

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3803/27/2021

Calling Ford 'a firm' and worse, calling it Ford's

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 3903/27/2021

That car has a large BOOT and a long BONNET.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4003/27/2021

Why are fools like OP unable to distinguish between England and Britain?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4103/27/2021

R37 -- that is a weird once. Brits don't seem to understand the difference between singular vs plural.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4203/27/2021

[quote] The words that give away that a poster is actually British

Bri-ish.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4303/27/2021

[quote] that is a weird once

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4403/27/2021

Oh dear R42

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4503/27/2021

Oi oi!

takeaway/kebab.

brilliant jumper!

put on your wellies, it's pouring out there.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4603/27/2021

Cheers mate!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4703/27/2021

Vicar.

Charity shop instead of thrift store.

Biscuits and chips which are anything but what they claim to be.

Crisps and candy floss sound stupid.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4803/27/2021

he's class!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 4903/27/2021

go to the "loo"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5003/27/2021

Skip to the loo

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5103/27/2021

What are you on about.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5203/27/2021

FATHER CHRISTMAS instead of

Santa Claus

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5303/27/2021

TAKE AWAY instead of Take out.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5403/27/2021

BLOODY HELL!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5503/27/2021

I'm watching footy on the telly.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5603/27/2021

Bloody Nora; blimey

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5703/27/2021

Petrol

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5803/27/2021

Some of you are not reading the thread.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 5903/27/2021

[quote]Charity shop instead of thrift store.

Charity shops tend to be high street based where people just dump their clear out stuff in the doorway over night, like Granny Mary's golliwog salt and pepper cruet set, the Friends series 1 box set on VHS or a bag of shoes which may or may not have matching sets in it.

Thrift stores, also known as vintage stores, specialise in second hand clothing and accessories. Some thrift shops will buy second hand clothes and resell.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6003/27/2021

"pins" for legs

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6103/27/2021

CARE HOME instead of Nursing Home

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6203/27/2021

An "off-license" instead of a liquor store.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6303/27/2021

Porridge

"Teef" (If they have any left)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6403/27/2021

Oh dear R63. That's 'off-licence'. FIFY

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6503/27/2021

Hob

AGA

Hoover (as a verb)

council estate

Eton Mess

caster sugar

Muscovado sugar

self-raising flour

tray bakes

fairy cakes

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6603/27/2021

petrol

car park

block of flats

lorry

estate car

waistcoat

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6703/27/2021

Taking the piss.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6803/27/2021

Pip pip

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 6903/27/2021

Bob’s your uncle

Sweets

Kerfuffle

Chuffed

Blimey

Cock-up

Miffed

Hunky-dory

Anticlockwise

Dressing gown

Candy floss

Knackered

Cuppa

Gutted

Primary school

Skipping Rope

Gobby

Gobsmacked

Off-licence

Coriander

Noughts and crosses

Pavement

Postbox

Aubergine

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7003/27/2021

“Bum” for butt. Although I use it as well because I’m Canadian.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7103/27/2021

git, piss-off, sorted, telly, the train

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7203/27/2021

[quote] the train

?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7303/27/2021

"Paddy" - Brits use that to refer to trains; it's based on the most famous train station in all the land: Paddington.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7403/27/2021

Tay-coh for taco.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7503/27/2021

capsicum

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7603/27/2021

dentist, but in question form, i.e., "dentist????"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7703/27/2021

R3 - that could also be a Canadian.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7803/27/2021

meek-ro-wah-vay

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 7903/27/2021

Ring me on my mobile.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8003/27/2021

Tickety-boo!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8103/27/2021

Courgettes

Swedes (for rutabagas, not people from Stockholm)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8203/27/2021

"Slut", but with a British accent

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8303/27/2021

Saying “you need to go to Specsavers” when they think you have bad visual taste

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8403/27/2021

Referring to molasses as treacle and eggplant as aubergine

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8503/27/2021

Ginger.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8603/27/2021

Bugger, sod, cottaging, spunk.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8703/27/2021

toss off are you off your head!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8803/27/2021

Krikey! Oh, wait. Blimey!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 8903/27/2021

Vest for undershirt

And singlet for tank top

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9003/27/2021

“Me ass” as in “that bloke fucked me ass”

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9103/27/2021

rubbers

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9203/27/2021

Rubbish bin - garbage can

Bin it - throw it out

Bank Holiday - no US equivalent but usually the Monday of a three day weekend.

Finalise and Realise

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9303/27/2021

rubber as in eraser

theatre

spectre

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9403/27/2021

have you got a ciggy?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9503/27/2021

Someone here said "uni" is also Canadian.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9603/27/2021

Got to have a slash

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9703/27/2021

beetroot

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9803/27/2021

OP is a bonkers, fat, yob plonker twat.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 9903/27/2021

r99 - "twat" is pronounced in the same way you pronounce "hat"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10003/27/2021

[quote]Charity shops tend to be high street based

High street.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10103/27/2021

Love (as a term of endearment)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10203/27/2021

right nice geyser, 'e is!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10303/27/2021

[quote] Love (as a term of endearment)

Luv.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10403/27/2021

Sussed

Manky (Scottish)

Sorted

A bit good

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10503/27/2021

hospital...not the hospital

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10603/27/2021

bloody, rubbish, wank. arse

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10703/27/2021

Hotsie totsie

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10803/27/2021

I've heard the expression "flicking my bean" a few too many times from Brits.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 10903/27/2021

"I fancy that lovely bloke, do you think he might fancy the likes of me?"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11003/27/2021

i knocked up some pasta - care for a bit?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11103/27/2021

Spaz

Joey Deacon

Klan Granny

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11203/27/2021

Ah-loo-min-ee-um

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11303/27/2021

Umbrella -- brolly Sweatshirt -- jumper

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11403/27/2021

OP is a daft knobhead.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11503/27/2021

FUGTASTIC

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11603/27/2021

I have an American friend who insists on saying “jab” and I want to push her into a volcano every time she does. She also says “go to hospital.”

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11703/27/2021

OP is making a right arse of himself.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11803/27/2021

Using "s" instead of "z" on words like "analyse" vs. "analyze."

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 11903/27/2021

Pants for underpants.

Pants meaning worthless etc.

Sink estate.

Knickers.

Matron as in Carry On Matron.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12003/27/2021

cheeky snog

banter

gutted

cracking

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12103/27/2021

smashing!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12203/27/2021

fanny for vagina

naughty bits for cock and balls

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12303/27/2021

Markle and Harry are pieces of shit.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12403/27/2021

You dumb fucks don’t realise that it is Americans who can’t speak the language - pretty much any native English speaker anywhere else uses these words and expressions. It’s you Americans who are responsible for an ongoing assault on the English language.

Which is why we all laugh at you.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12503/27/2021

Buck’s Fizz

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12603/27/2021

Nowt

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12703/27/2021

"Which is why we all laugh at you."

The English do enjoy a good titter.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12803/27/2021

mum

fank you

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 12903/27/2021

Nappies

Mash

Bakewell

Speciality

Bicarb (for baking soda)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13003/27/2021

Watching a British design/renovation show.

"Ma-CRAH-may" - Macrame

"Tar-PAUL-in" - Tarp

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13103/27/2021

some people on this thread have been watching far too much Great British Bakeoff

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13203/27/2021

R128 Touché

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13303/27/2021

faggots

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13403/27/2021

Stupid thread, OP. We learn English from the Brits in Europe so we use their vocabulary as well. As do other English-speaking countries of the world

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13503/27/2021

Frock!

Yesterday one of the crazy rightwing American ladies who pretends to be British on the trans, Meghan Markle, and race-baiting threads used "frock" and "sodding" about 400 times in one thread, and then some sockpuppet made sure to call her and her friends "the boys" so we would all totally believe they were Brit gays.

The trolls are so convincing this time of year.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13603/27/2021

[quote]You dumb fucks don’t realise that it is Americans who can’t speak the language

I like how r125 got super upset, just because he didn't catch the reference to "My Fair Lady."

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13703/27/2021

al-ewe-min-ee-um *** aluminum

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13803/27/2021

[quote] You dumb fucks don’t realise that it is Americans who can’t speak the language

Tail’s wagging the dog now, innit?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 13903/27/2021

R139 - “innit”? I don’t use that word, but then, I’m not English.

Of course, being American, you assume that I am.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14003/27/2021

What do Americans say when they go to hospital? Do you say you're going to THE hospital? Can anyone please clarify.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14103/28/2021

R15 yes.

Most countries have made provisions for them to stay . Germany has even offered citizenship.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14203/28/2021

I've been accused of being British, European, Canadian, and Russian. DL detectives suck.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14303/28/2021

Why do Americans get so humpty about Britishisms?

Unless they never left their trailer park at the mouth of the old Turkey Knob Mines, they know exactly what OPs list of words mean. It's no trickier than if I said, "That was very clever/ingenious/resourceful of you". Or if someone mispronounced "dissect." No pausing, no thinking, no contemplation of nuanced meaning required.

Yet they will call out a jab, or a uni, or a dust bin as though it were the most irritating, insulting, ridiculous thing they ever heard.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14403/28/2021

Going to the clubs so I'm going to get all tarted up

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14503/28/2021

Frogs (cf. rosbifs).

OAP.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14603/28/2021

R144, neither OP nor anyone else on this thread said Americans didn't know what the Brit words mean, he just said they reveal the poster is British.

And yes, R141, Americans say going to THE hospital, same as going to the store, the park, etc.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14703/28/2021

R144- These things ANNOY us, as does the fact that you Brits drive on the WRONG side of the road.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14803/28/2021

I'm quite aware R147, and yet, still, there you have it, my indirect response on OP's thread.

I'll know to ask you first next time.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 14903/28/2021

"18 certificate movie"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15003/28/2021

Sponge = cake

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15103/28/2021

Road signs - GIVE WAY instead of Yield.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15203/28/2021

Instead of being Fired from his job he was made REDUNDANT.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15303/28/2021

FIZZY drinks instead of Soda.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15403/28/2021

[quote]And yes, [R141], Americans say going to THE hospital, same as going to the store, the park, etc.

But we say "going to school," "going to work," etc., without the definite article.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15503/28/2021

drinks party

hen party

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15603/28/2021

"took a punt" (took a chance)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15703/28/2021

Twat....or is it twat?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15803/28/2021

And of course:

Yanks!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 15903/28/2021

She’s up the duff mate

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16003/28/2021

Hey R144, as mentioned above, you missed the point of this thread. I was asking for ways we Americans can tell when it's a Brit who's posting by his choice of words. That's all. A bit of detective work.

What is it you funny little people say? Don't get your knickers in a twist, right-o, cheers.... whatever....

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16103/28/2021

[quote]"took a punt" (took a chance)

Also "punters." I've never been quite sure what that meant.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16203/28/2021

"meant to" instead of "supposed to"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16303/28/2021

This treacle tart is SMASHING.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16403/28/2021

Arse for Ass

The Chemists for Drugstore

Placing "The" in front of country names as in The Argentine , The Ukraine

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16503/28/2021

THE United States

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16603/28/2021

We’ll get a pretty penny for that one on the human black market we will!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16703/28/2021

Mind your head!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16803/28/2021

i’ve got the most scathingly brilliant idea

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 16903/28/2021

Gosh, that must’ve been too ghastly!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17003/28/2021

it's a bit shit, if i'm being honest

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17103/28/2021

I was sat down at the pub.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17203/28/2021

I’m eating me tea!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17303/28/2021

Let’s go around YOURS and do a CURRY for TEA.

(Grew up in a former colony so I do tend to use some of those words/phrases/pronunciations). Wouldn’t the USA be considered a former colony as well? 🤔🤔

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17403/28/2021

"Fancy tea at MINE?"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17503/28/2021

Would you prefer crisps or chips? Don't be cheeky!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17603/28/2021

University instead of college

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17703/28/2021

Uni, -ou, paki, fag (referring to cigarettes), BAME, xx or x after a sentence, furloughed.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17803/28/2021

telly

celly

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 17903/28/2021

I’m just taking the piss out of you.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18003/28/2021

Everything Americans say started in the UK FIRST, Americans just kept it and the Brits are the ones that changed. The brits use to eat the same as Americans do, switching hands, then they switched to the continental way. And dont even start about soccer vs football, typical shitty convoluted British way, then bitch about the way Americans say it. Cunts!!!

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18103/28/2021

Ugggh god I despise the English and their outdated monarchy and Royal watching.. I refuse to watch English films anymore. They’re useless and boring. And of course they’re ugly with bad teeth. That cliche is 90% accurate.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18203/28/2021

Everything the Americans say the Brits said it first then THEY changed and proceeded to ridicule Americans for it, typical British passive aggressive cunts. They even used to eat by switching hands then they changed to continental style. And dont even start on soccer vs football, another typical convoluted British shitty thing.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18303/28/2021

Everything the Americans say the Brits said it first then THEY changed and proceeded to ridicule Americans for it, typical British passive aggressive cunts. They even used to eat by switching hands then they changed to continental style. And dont even start on soccer vs football, another typical convoluted British shitty thing.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18403/28/2021

Everything the Americans say the Brits said it first then THEY changed and proceeded to ridicule Americans for it, typical British passive aggressive cunts. They even used to eat by switching hands then they changed to continental style. And dont even start on soccer vs football, another typical convoluted British shitty thing.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18503/28/2021

chavs

bloke

mate

have a lie-down

bedsit (I still don't know what that means)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18603/28/2021

R181 “the brits use to”.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18703/28/2021

Squiffy!

Context: I only had a small glass of Jeremy's home brew and god almightly I don't half feel squiffy!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18803/28/2021

Keep banging on about something

Bell me

Hasn’t a patch on her

A bit of alright

Really rubbish at doing this

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 18903/28/2021

[quote] [R139] - “innit”? I don’t use that word, but then, I’m not English.

[quote]Of course, being American, you assume that I am.

You didn’t need to be British for my retort to work, you mentally slow person.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19003/28/2021

Also only a Brit would say... Chim Chim Cheroo !

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19103/28/2021

The one that drives me crazy is "cuppa."

WTF?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19203/28/2021

R192 do you want a cuppa tea me luv? How ‘bout some biscuits to go with that? I’ve been saving me favorite clotted cream to go with your scones.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19303/28/2021

Boris is just using this thread to better disguise himself as an American for his consummate, right-wing propaganda posts.

Stop giving him tips. If he wants to learn to imitate Americans, he can do his own research for years. Let his mask keep slipping in DL posts, it's always hilarious to catch him in fraud.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19403/28/2021

R190 Oh “Bootsy” you never fail to deliver.

At being a silly twat.

Now there’s a Britishism for you, “Bootsy”.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19503/28/2021

“Shiver me timbers!”

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19603/28/2021

Garibaldis

Jammy Dodgers

Jaffa Cakes

Spotted Dick

Haggis

Christmas Pudding

Ice Lollies

Kippers

Brown sauce

Bovril

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19703/28/2021

r197 = fan of British cooking shows

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19803/28/2021

Dozy sod.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 19903/28/2021

Hi I'm Benedict Cumberbunch.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20003/28/2021

loo, fag

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20103/28/2021

What shade of brown will your baby be?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20203/28/2021

Most DLers are right slappers

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20303/29/2021

OP is right common

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20403/29/2021

Words aren't the only way to tell whether you're dealing with a Brit or an American. See if you can generate some steam:

-- Express support for the wrong football club.

-- Say something nice about Margaret Thatcher. Or Tony Blair.

-- Remind everyone who really beat the Germans.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20503/29/2021

Sod off!

Chelsea buns

Jam roly-poly

Elevenses

Stork (not the bird)

Panto

Stalls (in a theatre)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20603/29/2021

Train driver for the train engineer.

Engineer for the guy who comes to fix the geyser.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20703/29/2021

Spot on

corner store

chav

pissed (meaning drunk)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20803/29/2021

LOL@ R202

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 20903/29/2021

[quote]corner store

Literally nobody in Britain has ever said Corner Store.

It's Corner SHOP.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21003/29/2021

R162 it means customers.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21103/29/2021

Skint for penurious.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21203/29/2021

Google’s definition of the word Punter;

noun, British, informal

a person who gambles, places a bet, or makes a risky investment.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21303/29/2021

R213 'punter' can also mean customer. It's a slang term. A prostitute will refer to her 'johns' as 'punters'.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21403/29/2021

I thought punters were public house patrons.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21503/29/2021

I've had many a British gentleman offer to knock me up but all they've done is come by for a visit.

They could have at least tried.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21603/29/2021

Bed sit is a SRO

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21703/29/2021

Scally

Cow

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21803/29/2021

'Punters' are indeed primarily those who place bets - but also as has been said, more broadly ticket-buyers or consumers of any sort. As in, 'It can't lose, the punters will love it.'

Sometimes a 'dodgy' (Brit word) enterprise will be set up to claim 'mug punters.' A scam. Which blends back to the main meaning in that mug punters are taking a silly gamble, an unwise risk.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 21903/29/2021

Scrolled through the whole thing, no one mentioned:

Posh

Common (as a class identifier)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22003/29/2021

Bespoke. On British design shows they always mention bespoke pieces of furniture or decoration which I'm assuming means custom.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22103/29/2021

R221 -- The word bespoke is just as common in America as it is in Britain. It's a class thing, not a Brit thing. My rich male friends always have bespoke suits, usually made when they're in Hong Kong where bespoke is cheap.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22203/29/2021

Cleaner (as a noun, not an adjective)

Builder (as workman, not a developer)

Vicar

Solicitor

Barrister

Councillor

Fete

W.I.

Helter-skelter (as a noun, not an adjective)

tombola

coconut shy/shie

Morris dancing

quid

bob (for money)

agony aunt

bugger

butty

sarnie

carriageway

motorway

cling film

cooker / cookery

drink-driving

lorry

funfair

golden syrup

hold-all

icing sugar

jacket potato

naff

presenter

number plate

Paki

paracetamol

y-fronts

secondment

kitchen roll

zebra crossing

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22303/29/2021

r223 solid list. we did have about 7 or more of those already mentioned upthread.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22403/29/2021

And 224 replies show not so much how to identify that a poster is English (or British - most Americans don’t understand that there’s a difference), but that citizens of the USA have been responsible for an ongoing assault on the English language since your independence. The examples that you have all provided up thread are not so much examples of how English English differs from American English, but how Americans have, as always, been oblivious to their slaughtering of the English language that the rest of us Anglophones write and speak.

But you all carry on, Americans, while the rest of us laugh at you. We get lots of practice.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22503/29/2021

R225 sounds like a two-room-flat-dwelling pasty-bodied part-time shop clerk with eczema who weawwy wans to teww Amewicans how wousy their Engwish is. He smells of pee and greasy bedsheets.

And then Mother calls for the fourth time that morning.

American is the Prime English-Speaking nation and has been for 90 years. The British adopt every Americanism that rolls out, while Americans, outside the casual traveler or DL silly boy who thinks using slang from 1950s movies is funny, laughs at the suggestion that there is a qualitative difference between Brummie and RP.

And, of course, whether they know it or not, the UK is just a dying banking center.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22603/29/2021

r225 wow, what a weird reaction to my response about your solid list. i have been participating in this thread since the beginning BECAUSE i love all your British-isms, watch many UK-based shows, etc. I have nothing but respect for your culture.

Maybe go have a cuppa and a scone (pronounced the correct, British way). Tut, tut!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22703/29/2021

R213 it can mean that, in terms of 'taking a punt' meaning to take a gamble, therefore someone who punts is arguably a punter - but it is far more commonly used as just a generic term for customer. A busy pub would describe there being 'a lot of thirsty punters in tonight' for example - and it's also used as a term for the clients of a prostitute.

Please do not come for me and try to school me on the use of British slang, you will only make yourself look like a fool.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22803/30/2021

Would like to add too that I've seen a couple of people use the 'P' word and you should be aware that it is considered a racial slur and is NOT in acceptable use in the UK. It may be used, but it's a racist word akin to the 'N' word.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 22903/30/2021

R229 Unless you're Prince Harry.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23003/30/2021

[quote]Would like to add too that I've seen a couple of people use the 'P' word and you should be aware that it is considered a racial slur and is NOT in acceptable use in the UK. It may be used, but it's a racist word akin to the 'N' word.

I'd disagree with you there. It *should* be a term akin to the N word but like in the US, anti Asian racism is treated with far less outrage than anti Black racism.

When I posted above about how no one would ever use the term corner store, it's always corner shop, I nearly wrote "or P* shop depending on your upbringing". I probably last heard the term about 10 years ago when I went to a friend's for dinner - he'd cooked a curry and another friend's new partner announced "I never cook curry at home, it makes the flat smell like a P* shop for days". I didn't go to their wedding.

The term "chinky" meaning a Chinese takeaway is common as well in a "I know I shouldn't say that but whatever LOL" way. When a Labour MP used the term he didn't even get a suspension.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23103/30/2021

What's "bent"?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23203/30/2021

R232 Pretty much like crooked when applied to politicians and the like. .

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23303/30/2021

r232 another word for homosexual/bisexual, particularly in the case of effeminate men, just as having a limp wrist. though some also assume it has an association with anal sex.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23403/30/2021

In the case of the Labour MP, he used bent to mean gay. It would expect that kind of word to be used by someone in born in the 30s or 40s. But Gaffney was born in the 60s.

He lost his seat a year later to the Scottish Nationalists, to a man who has fights with his neighbour.

But yes, if a politician is described as bent it usually means corrupt. See also bent coppers in the BBC's Line Of Duty.

Baroness Chakrabarti, of Kennington in the London Borough of Lambeth insisted "I'm not bent" after accepting a life peerage (a seat in the House of Lords and the right to vote on laws despite being unelected) and a job in Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet in exchange for a whitewash report into Labour's problem with anti Jewish racism. Labour was later found guilty of breaching the law by harassing Jews.

Baroness Chakrabarti is, to coin (LOL) a phrase, as bent as a two bob note.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23503/30/2021

Sorry, the phrase is "as bent as nine bob note". Shame on me!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23603/30/2021

"colour"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23703/30/2021

r227 I am not R225

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23803/30/2021

[quote]American is the Prime English-Speaking nation and has been for 90 years.

While this may be true, most of the rest of the world uses British standards in spelling and pronunciation of English. It's what they are taught in school. The BBC and the British Empire had a lot to do with this.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 23903/30/2021

In uni I was good at maths but bad at sport.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24003/30/2021

[quote]American is the Prime English-Speaking nation and has been for 90 years. The British adopt every Americanism that rolls out, while Americans, outside the casual traveler or DL silly boy who thinks using slang from 1950s movies is funny, laughs at the suggestion that there is a qualitative difference between Brummie and RP.

[quote]And, of course, whether they know it or not, the UK is just a dying banking center.

What if that were true?

Why do so many Americans have to make every fucking thing a zero sum game — contorting the rules on each occasion to ensure that they "win"? If indeed "America is the Prime English-Speaking nation and has been for 90 years," how does it harm you or OP or anyone else that, in one place, it's aluminum and, in the other, aluminium? How is that too hard a pill for you to swallow, or are you in the perpetually state of a 6-year-old child angry that everywhere the exact same way that you would have it? And why do you have to pull down what you allege is a weak opponent to prop yourself up? What's the fucking point?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24103/30/2021

But then, R241, one could ask why Brits like yourself have to make such a big deal out of every slight slur to your beloved sceptered island? Are you all that sensitive? Has the last century really been that bad?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24203/30/2021

Do Brits say "cock" or "dick" or do have their own word for it? Same question for top vs bottom.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24303/30/2021

R242: Except I'm not a Brit, not a citizen or resident of a sceptred isle. I'm an American citizen by birth, just not one anxious to jump on your bandwagon to lead your team to a stupid victory.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24403/30/2021

[quote]Do Brits say "cock" or "dick" or do have their own word for it? Same question for top vs bottom.

Brits use the phrases "pork sword" and "mister meaty man" in place of openis.

And tops are called "givers" and the bottoms are "takers". Men who do oral only are called "gossips".

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24503/30/2021

Toff

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24603/30/2021

That MP is probably a fukin' shirt lifter and a turn burglar !

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24703/30/2021

^^ turd

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24803/30/2021

Sweetie sweetie sweetie darling!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 24903/30/2021

238 - so sorry, i shouldn't make assumptions on here! Carry on!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25003/30/2021

r238 I meant! Sorry about that.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25103/30/2021

[quote] Brits use the phrases "pork sword" and "mister meaty man" in place of openis.

There’s possum and opossum. Is "openis" a slightly more formal form of "penis"?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25203/30/2021

No, that's the honorific o, as in o-cha.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25303/30/2021

I always crack up when I read about Brits being “GUTTED” by something they’re disappointed by. It sounds so dramatic to my ears!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25403/30/2021

Sparky.

Chippy.

White van man.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25503/30/2021

R243 yeah we say dick or cock, to describe a hard penis usually rather than flaccid - I would say that cock is probably more common but could be regional - and a flaccid penis is generally called a willy.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25603/31/2021

Bloke Chap Guv' Love (when referring to a person) Wicked!!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25703/31/2021

[quote]yeah we say dick or cock

'Cock' is the go-to in my experience - 'dick' being a bit devalued sexually as it's a mid-range insult. 'He's a total dick', 'Don't be a fucking dick mate', et cetera. No-one ever says, 'He's a total cock.'

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25803/31/2021

I'm gobsmacked by how long this thread is.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 25903/31/2021

[quote] White van man.

What's that mean?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26003/31/2021

R260 Young aggressive men with small delivery vehicles.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26103/31/2021

scarpered

did a runner

trainers

kept himself to himself

storm in a teacup

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26203/31/2021

"Pratt" or "A Right Pratt"

A pratt is basically an idiot.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26303/31/2021

ooo good ones r262!

r260 i had to urban dictionary that one myself.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26403/31/2021

[quote] trainers

DAPS

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26503/31/2021

Daps is a Welsh fraise!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26604/01/2021

I don't remember ever hearing the word "whilst" spoken out loud. If I did my brain must have filtered it out.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26704/01/2021

Cash point.

Fortnight.

Travellers.

Caravan.

Maccies.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26804/01/2021

[quote]Daps is a Welsh fraise!

It's a strawberry?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 26904/01/2021

the open borders of the internet and the endless list of banned books in the school. brits either sound gay or like chavs.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27004/01/2021

They can't even brush their fucking teeth after eating their garbage food. Their whole identity revolves around worshiping BRF. They think they're gods gift to society and the pinnacle of intelligence. Keep your colonialism to yourselves. Your cuisine sucks, you're hygiene sucks, you live in cramped up squalor.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27104/01/2021

"You're" spelling sucks, r271

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27204/01/2021

Me mum's boyfriend made me cum in me trackies...

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27304/01/2021

Barley sweets

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27404/01/2021

That posh twat has always fancied a bit of rough when he’s cheating behind his hubby

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27504/01/2021

Plonkers

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27604/01/2021

Sleeping rough

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27704/01/2021

Lorry

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27804/01/2021

Gaol

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 27904/01/2021

My courgettes are large and ripe

are my aubergines are quite tasty

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28004/01/2021

Me mum's boyfriend has a massive gherkin...

and he likes to show it off

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28104/01/2021

I've seen you staring at my big knob

get down on your knees...and be sharpish about it

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28204/01/2021

“Carriages at midnight” on an invitation.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28304/01/2021

"dodgy" as an adjective which described a situation as not on the up and up, probably not legal or not at all safe.

upthread, "a dodgy" was referred to as a noun.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28404/01/2021

[quote]gods gift

Oh dear.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28504/01/2021

Shan’t

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28604/02/2021

Slag

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28704/02/2021

Bullocks

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28804/03/2021

"Pip pip, cheerio and all that rot"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 28904/03/2021

r288 Bullock's was a department store in southern California. I believe you meant BOLLOCKS.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29004/03/2021

CHIPPY TITS

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29104/03/2021

[quote]Bullocks

[quote][R288] Bullock's was a department store in southern California. I believe you meant BOLLOCKS.

When The Beautiful South released Don't Marry Her from their 5th album Welcome To The Beautiful South they had to record the lyrics to make them radio friendly. "Don't Marry Her, Fuck Me" became "Don't Marry Her, Have Me" and "she'll grab your sweaty bollocks and slowly raise the knee" became "she'll grab your Sandra Bullocks and slowly raise her knee.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29204/03/2021

Let's face it: calling someone a knob sounds a lot more classy than "You're a dick".

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29304/03/2021

Rissoles(Hamburgers)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29404/03/2021

A pint of ale

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29504/03/2021

Quite right, r90

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29604/03/2021

R295 Make that a yard of ale, matey.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29704/03/2021

Some of you have very odd ideas about the words us Brits use. We don't live in an Enid Blyton book.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29804/03/2021

Perambulator(Baby Carriage)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 29904/03/2021

R298 Crikey, you've got it!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30004/03/2021

PRAWNS instead of shrimp.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30104/03/2021

[quote]Perambulator(Baby Carriage)

Even a fake toff like Jacob Rees Mogg wouldn't say perambulator.

It's pram, buggy or pushchair. Maybe stroller if you have parents born in another country.

But never, ever a perambulator.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30204/03/2021

“Posh” annoys me no end. They act so smug when they say it as if it’s such a clever word to use. Sadly, they all overuse it.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30304/03/2021

R301 “Prawns” just sounds disgusting.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30404/03/2021

I hate when the describe food as “lovely” or “nice.”

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30504/03/2021

[quote]Even a fake toff like Jacob Rees Mogg wouldn't say perambulator.

I wouldn't put it past him, such is the depth of his alternate-reality immersion. The names of his children suggest as much. 'Sixtus Dominic Boniface' is but one, to offer a flavour.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30604/03/2021

COOKER instead of stove

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30704/03/2021

PASSING WIND instead of farting

Though I suspect this was used mainly by the UPPER CLASS and the Upper Middle Class.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30804/03/2021

R307 Cookers and stoves are different things.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 30904/03/2021

Drawing Room instead of living room

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31004/03/2021

Lounge instead of living room.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31104/03/2021

JELLY instead of Jell-o

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31204/03/2021

We say "prawns" in the US, too.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31304/03/2021

We use both prawns and shrimp in the UK, but they tend to be different ideas.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31404/03/2021

Prawns are large, shrimp are small.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31504/03/2021

Scampi and chips with tartare sauce

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31604/03/2021

R308 Read up on U and non-U usage. To quote the relevant Wikipedia article, "the middle classes prefer 'fancy' or fashionable words . . . in attempts to make themselves sound more refined . . while the upper classes in many cases stick to the same plain and traditional words that the working classes also use."

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31704/03/2021

r317 maybe dial it down a notch. just speak in a plain fashion.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31804/03/2021

British use "our" to our "or". Example: colour vs. color.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 31904/03/2021

Battenberg cake

Tear-and-share

coroner's inquest

fish paste

digestive biscuit

streaky bacon

orange squash

cross (for angry)

Snakes and Ladders (for Chutes and Ladders)

Cluedo (for Clue)

constable

seed cake

jumble sale

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 32004/04/2021

R298, what words on here are we wrong about Brits using?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 32104/04/2021

Bruv. Greengrocer. (Greengrocer's apostrophe). Fishmonger. Proms. Boiled Sweets. Craic.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 32204/04/2021

what is the difference between a market and a greengrocer? or do Brits not use the term market for a grocery store?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 32304/04/2021

As the name hints, a greengrocer deals in fruit and vegetables.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 32404/04/2021

So a greengrocer only has fruits and vegetables, nothing else? that's what people in the US refer to as a farmer's market.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 32504/04/2021

No, more a produce market, like those ones run by Koreans in big U.S. cities.

I think of a farmers' market as having stalls run by different "farmers."

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 32604/04/2021

R307

The real toffs have an Aga, not a cooker.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 327Last Monday at 6:44 PM

pressurizing for pressuring

phone box

shall/should for will/would

spoilt, learnt, spelt

"talking of" for "speaking of"

interval for intermission

dog's dinner, dog's breakfast (I'm never sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.)

"not at all" instead of "you're welcome."

scullery

"quite" when used by itself as a sentence/response.

"turn-up" (the first time I heard that, I thought they were saying "turnip."

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 328Last Tuesday at 8:14 AM

[quote]shall/should for will/would

These are as different as "I love" and "I like".

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 329Last Tuesday at 8:24 AM

[quote]dog's dinner, dog's breakfast (I'm never sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.)

A bad thing - a project which might reasonably have been expected to work but is, when presented, notably inadequate.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 330Last Tuesday at 8:27 AM

r329 Perhaps, but in the US, "shall" is rarely used. I agree that "would" and "should" are different.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 331Last Tuesday at 8:27 AM

Fizzy drink

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 332Last Tuesday at 8:33 AM

Speak fucking AMERICAN!. You sound like you are better than me!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 333Last Tuesday at 8:35 AM

"gone pear-shaped"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 334Last Tuesday at 8:44 AM

IT'S ALL GONE TITS UP!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 335Last Tuesday at 8:59 AM

Noughts and Crosses (tic tac toe)

Give Way (yield)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 336Last Tuesday at 12:27 PM

A rissole isn't a burger R294 - unless it's some regional terminology I'm not aware of - a rissole is it's own thing.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 337Last Wednesday at 12:42 AM

Not convinced of that R307 - to me, the stove top would be the hob, and the hob + oven = cooker.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 338Last Wednesday at 12:45 AM

Cor.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 339Last Wednesday at 5:17 AM

Flippin' 'eck

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 340Last Wednesday at 5:38 AM

"Chip Butty". It's just some french fries between two slices of white bread. That's it.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 341Last Wednesday at 5:46 AM

R274 not Barley Sweets, Barley Sugar.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 342Last Wednesday at 6:23 AM

R341 French fries are what you buy at Maccy Ds. Totally unsuitable for a chip butty.

You need proper chips from a chippy for a chip butty.

Ahhh...that's brings us nicely into what us Brits call this, in our parts of the UK....

Chips between a bread roll is called a....?

I'll start - Chip Cob.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 343Last Wednesday at 6:30 AM

Being "poorly" (sick)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 344Last Wednesday at 6:32 AM

Where I come from that's a chippy bap, not to be confused with Poison's Unskinny Bop

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 345Last Wednesday at 6:33 AM

Are you up north R345?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 346Last Wednesday at 6:37 AM

Where I come from you eat baps in daps round your bampy's house.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 347Last Wednesday at 6:41 AM

Ahhh baps!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 348Last Wednesday at 3:21 PM

A sandwich made with potatoes. Weird.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 349Last Wednesday at 4:18 PM

“You lot”

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 350Last Wednesday at 5:08 PM

(in a club)"easy mate, you havin' a good night" "yeah im fuckin' sorted bruv!!"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 351Last Wednesday at 5:11 PM

How very dare you!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 352Last Wednesday at 5:13 PM

R351 My nephew when he calls me on the phone says more or less exactly that.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 353Last Wednesday at 10:09 PM

PRIV-acy, not PRIVE-acy.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 354Last Wednesday at 11:15 PM

As an American, I love the word ”wank.” It sounds fun and naughty all at once.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 355Last Thursday at 12:30 AM

“My family cut me off. I was down to my last $30 million.”

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 356Last Thursday at 12:32 AM

R355 My boyfriend had a good wank this morning. He wanks quite often. We live apart, so he sent me a pick of the results of his wank this morning.

Have a great day!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 357Last Thursday at 1:21 AM

"I'm British."

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 358Last Thursday at 3:36 AM

Calling people: Wanker; Cunt, used as an endearment; Muppet (I don't get this one - does it mean a dumbass?)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 359Last Thursday at 5:14 AM

R359 yes, ‘muppet’ is a soft-edged and sometimes affectionate way of calling someone a fool or an idiot. You can use ‘muppet’ in reference to a friend, family member or colleague, or in a casual but polite debate, and not cause too much offence. It’s a light little rib.

Cf. ‘nugget’, if you’re talking to a Manc.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 360Last Thursday at 5:34 AM

R347 where I come from (Hereford/FOD/South West), we would have a Ploughman’s round Pops/Paps.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 361Last Thursday at 5:43 AM

[quote][R347] where I come from (Hereford/FOD/South West), we would have a Ploughman’s round Pops/Paps.

I'm not going to lie to you but truth be told that sounds tidy like.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 362Last Thursday at 5:45 AM

Terraced house.

Country house.

Surgery.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 363Last Thursday at 6:06 AM

A&E - instead of ER

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 364Last Thursday at 6:07 AM

Pull.

Squadie.

Fly-tip.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 365Last Thursday at 12:54 PM

"Continue acting if you'd like, dear. You'll never get anywhere near the throne."

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 366Last Thursday at 2:12 PM

Jim-jams or PJs

Pyjamas

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 367Last Thursday at 2:59 PM

'flu, with the apostrophe

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 368Last Thursday at 5:19 PM

I'm quite keen on the builder. If I can't have him I'll settle for the decorator. I fancy him as well.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 369Last Thursday at 5:38 PM

Lorry driver

Socialise, accessorise, stabilise.....

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 370Last Friday at 12:43 PM

Is "tall poppy syndrome" a thing in the UK - or just Australia?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 371Last Friday at 12:46 PM

Smiling indulgently when we read “ I could care less”

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 372Last Friday at 12:56 PM

R371 I think people in the UK know it, but it's really meant to describe a particular aspect of Australian culture.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 373Last Friday at 2:26 PM

[quote]I fancy him as well

I fancy him rotten.

[quote]Is "tall poppy syndrome" a thing in the UK

Known as 'Build 'em up, knock 'em down.' The basic MO of the tabloid press.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 374Last Friday at 10:00 PM

e's a tosser, he is!

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 375Last Friday at 10:18 PM

Some of these aren’t exclusively British, but they’re not often used in the US as far as I know. I’ve lived outside the US for almost 20 years and know certain words have crept the other way like ginger, queue, ‘gone missing’, etc. I’d say the regional differences within both the UK and US are still greater than the differences between ‘standard’ UK and US tv broadcaster English. It’s hard to generalise.

Treat - as in ‘goes down a treat’ or ‘came up a treat’

Kit - as in a uniform, outfit, any set of tools or equipment.

Punter - as in gambler or general customer...speaking of....

Custom - ‘thank you for your custom’.

Tuck in - start eating especially if you’ve been peckish all day.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 376Yesterday at 1:16 AM

Stop fannying about.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 377Yesterday at 1:22 AM

Cunt face.

Knockers.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 378Yesterday at 2:00 AM

British people use "kip" to mean either a nap or a longer sleep; it can also mean the idea or act of sleeping, as in “Will you be quiet? I'm trying to get some kip in here!” It can also be a verb: “They kipped down for the night”

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 379Yesterday at 4:28 AM

Adding "done" to the end of phrases like "might have," "could have," "should have," etc.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 380Yesterday at 5:07 AM

"Needs must."

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 381Yesterday at 5:07 AM

R377 my dad likes that one, and he sometimes says it “fanny-annying” (I don’t know why). He uses it interchangeably with “pissballing” and “mithering” (though the latter implies some degree of hopeful pestering on the part of the subject).

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 382Yesterday at 5:17 AM

“Are you [bold]actually[/bold] alright?”

=

“Mate you fucking losing your mind or summat? You’d have to be going round believing bollox like that...”

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 383Yesterday at 7:37 AM

Mental, innit?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 384Yesterday at 8:18 AM

R379 I thought "kip" referred to "kippered" which I see all the time in E.F. Benson novels and seems to imply being smoked or something.

Someday I'd like to learn British.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 385Yesterday at 8:25 AM

Wanna go down the pub and eat some tea bruv? Lots of birds down there with massive tits, innit?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 386a day ago

"He got stitched up like a kipper, stitched up big-time. Got ten years."

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 387a day ago

it's weird that Brits talk about "eating tea" when we think of tea as a drink. i guess tea in that case is a stand-in for dinner? wonder how that came about?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 388a day ago

[quote]Wanna go down the pub and eat some tea bruv?

No one in Britain has ever eaten their tea in a pub.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 389a day ago

Just what I think I've pieced together -- long ago, it wasn't dangerous to be out after dark, so the practice of having an earlier time to get together with others started - "tea time." Well, you didn't just go to visit to drink a cup of tea - there was food - cucumber sandwiches or maybe much more - but you couldn't have a dinner party because it was too dangerous to be out on the streets. Maybe this is before police - or bobbies?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 390a day ago

* it WAS dangerous to be out after dark

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 391a day ago

[quote]it's weird that Brits talk about "eating tea" when we think of tea as a drink. i guess tea in that case is a stand-in for dinner? wonder how that came about?

Tea (food wise) is an informal dinner, early evening.

Dinner can be the evening meals or lunch - school dinners are served at lunchtime.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 392a day ago

Geezer Rights✊

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 393a day ago

What exactly is (are?) elevenses?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 394a day ago

Coffee or tea and biscuits or cake taken around 11am.

Either at work, ie on a fag break or when a nosy neighbour pops in for a natter over a Hobnob.

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by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 39518 hours ago

^that's what most of us in the US think of as "tea"

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 39618 hours ago

Joint (something you roast in the kitchen)

Salt beef (careful ordering "corned beef"!)

Oxo (U.S. Scrabble players know this one)

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 39717 hours ago

r397 the game or the manufacturer of kitchen utensils?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 39817 hours ago

R398 The stock cubes.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 39917 hours ago

hm, yeah. didn't know about those r399. we call them bouillon cubes. why? don't know.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40017 hours ago

R400 it's the timeless culinary war between French and Anglo Saxon isn't it?

Pigs, Cows, Sheep when slaughtered, suddenly change their language and become pork, beef and mutton.

One man's stock cube is another man's bouillon.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40117 hours ago

r401 completely true. This is why I love threads like this - to find our differences, but still commonalities. Although I will say we don't seem to eat a whole lot of sheep/mutton here. At least, not in my family or many people I know.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40217 hours ago

So do you have elevenses at work, or just a coffee (or tea) break? And when do you eat lunch if you have a snack at 11? Most workplaces have lunch between 11:30 and 1. And then another meal before dinner (afternoon tea)? Why isn't everyone 300 lbs?

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40316 hours ago

Elevenses tend to include a biscuit or piece of cake, do they tend to be a prolonged break. Tea break could be just a hurried cuppa tea.

Luncheon, HM The Queen hates the word lunch, is taken between noon and 2pm.

Yes you could have breakfast at 8am, elevenses at 11am, lunch at 1pm, tea at 4pm, then dinner at 7pm, before supper at 10pm and bed.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40416 hours ago

“You all right then?”

“Come off it!”

“Steady on!”

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40515 hours ago

Shedule

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40615 hours ago

The worst, most bizarre, just away word in British is "cuppa."

WTF? Cuppa???

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40714 hours ago

^awful

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40814 hours ago

the mento illness, luv

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 40914 hours ago

The worst, most bizarre, just away word in British is "cuppa." WTF? Cuppa???

Not that weird, it's just short for cup of.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 41014 hours ago

seems a llot of food breaks. but then again, we do think have a tendency to think of 6 food breaks a day so maybe...

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 41113 hours ago

wow. r411. you fucked up royally.

by Why can't the English learn to speak English?reply 41213 hours ago
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