Thursday, 7 February 2013

English Lessons Continued


We've now been here for a year and a half, so I think we're due for another round of Britishisms. I keep picking up new things every week and I feel a strong need to share them with you...they're too good!
  1. The word keen is used all the time and it's one you just don't hear in the States that much. It means 'are you up for it' but in a more concise way. For example, 'Are you keen on going to that movie?' or 'I'm not really that keen on her.' 
  2. Chuffed. This one took a while to understand. It means I'm so pleased with myself as in after you've won an award. The best part is that people will say 'chuffed to bits' and that means you're extremely pleased. 
  3. A few months ago, a coworker used the word kerfuffle without laughing. He was absolutely serious. In case you're not familiar with the term, it means commotion or fuss. Just stop making such a kerfuffle!
  4. Bum or bum cheeks instead of butt. This one never gets old.
  5. If someone's being a bit short or rude with you, you'll often hear the term 'stroppy'. For example, you could say 'my client sent a really stroppy email' or 'she's being a bit stroppy today.' It's a good alternative to rude that I've adopted.
  6. If something's just begun, British people will often speak about a situation as being in 'early days.' I hear it all the time, it's kind of like we're waiting to see what's going to happen. I haven't heard this one in the States too often.
  7. Have you gotten your flu jab yet? No? Right, that's because we call it a shot. I laughed the first time I heard it because it sounds a bit silly. Don't think I can really get behind this one.
  8. Sometimes people will say they 'simply can't be bothered'. This is very common and I think it's a British thing more than anywhere else. It's taken a while to understand as someone might flat out say this or it can be assumed that someone just can't be bothered. It just means they're being lazy and can't be asked to do something (like get out of bed on the weekend, go out on a cold night, you name it). 
  9. If someone's good looking or hot, you will always hear Brits say 'fit', as in 'that girl is fit, mate'. If she's really hot, you could call her 'well fit'. Love this one. 
  10. The term bespoke is very overused. It means custom-made, unique and one-of-a-kind, which is something I think people here are very drawn towards. You see the word tossed around a lot with clothes, paper goods and the like.


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