Jolly Old England

Sunday, October 02, 2005

British Words of the Day

I've been slacking with the words lately. Here are a few words and word oddities (As I don't have Internet access at the moment, I can't see if I've already posted these words or not, so forgive duplicates.):

"Cymru" - "Wales", in Welsh

"Famously" - Perfect answer to "How are you getting along?", meaning you're doing well.

"Spot On" - Similar to "Right On"

"Cheers" - Used in place of "Thanks, have a nice day." in some cases, for example, when getting off the bus.

"Rubbish" - Trash

"Pants" - Slang for something is poor. For example, "That movie was pants." To refer to what we call pants, say "trousers".

"Jumper" - Sweater, and possibly a Jacket (at least in the case of sweatshirt jackets)

"Dip/Dipping Headlights" - "Dip" is used in place of "Dim". My question as to what they call "brights" wasn't understood.

"Mobile [Phone]" - Nobody here says "cell phone".

"college" - Can refer to a "college" at Oxford, or can mean school between the ages of 16 and 18. "school" is only used to refer to primary and secondary school.

"Uni" - University

"coach" - A bus. Think Motorcoach.

Most people here don't pluralize "pound" when discussing currency. For example, the all-day fare on the Tube is "four pound, twenty".


  • That's cool! Pants is slang for poor? Wow. I walked away learning something.

    By Blogger Jessie, at 9:39 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:48 PM  

  • Sweet!I think I will start talking like them,like Jessie said, pants is slang for poor!

    By Anonymous kyle, at 6:27 PM  

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