Very British Things

Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
Trip End May 21, 2009

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I haven't moved from the pub in a week due to being sick.  So instead, let's discuss British English.  On, you can even choose the British or American "translation."  The British translation features mispelled words like colour and favourite.  And proper sounding things like film instead of movies and programmes instead of tv shows.

Cheers! - It means thank you.  British people like to thank you a lot so sometimes they'll say "Cheers, thank you, cheers."

lovely - overused kind of like the word "nice."  that meal was lovely. you are lovely. everything is lovely.  Major different here is that you do not have to be female or gay to say it all the time.

sawr - As in, I sawr them the other day.  British people like to add r's onto the ends of random words.

fag - cigarette

crisps - potato chips, note that potato chips are their own food category coming in flavors like steak and onion, prawn cocktail, roasted chicken, mexican chili, and the yummiest, thai sweet chili.

chips - french fries

bangers and mash - sausage and mashed potatoes.  you wouldn't believe how many people just like to eat big sausages for lunch.

veg - an obnoxious abbreviation for vegetable.  generally, in pub food, there is one.  take it or leave it.

cab sav - another annoying abbreviation.  short for cabernet savignon.

the loo - toilet

shandy - a drink for old people or people who don't really like beer.  you mix lemonade with beer.

a pint of your best bitter - what every old man who thinks he's "in the know" says at the pub.  refers to the nasty old brewery bitter real ale.  sometimes people complain that it's too cold or too carbonated.

way out - they don't have exits here.  only ways out.

Mackers - the affectionate term for McDonald's

jelly - Jell-o

pudding - dessert.  they don't know what actual pudding is.

sledging - sledding

pants - underwear

trousers - pants

cider - apple flavored, fizzy, usually slightly more alcoholic than beer.  often known as the chick version of beer.

Cheerio! - actually sometimes said by very old very traditional men.
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Anom on

Reading this article has left me in a state of shock.

This article offends british people to the extreem and is in fact very racist. If you have a problem with the way british people speak and abbreviate then can you please kindly reword your article.

You dont have to imply that the english are stupid, as they are not. In fact most of the everyday inventions we use are infact invented by the british, so give them some respect.

This artice has been reported for its abusive content.

sarahindenmark on

Being british is not a race. Therefore this cannot make me racist. Two...its a joke. So chilllll. Saying veg and cabsav do sound annoying though. That's what we call a personal opinion. Three...this is my travel blog. Blogs express personal opinions. This article shows differences in american and british english and it is a long running joke on both sides of the atlantic as to who speaks real wnglish

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