You know that really annoying person who lives in a foriegn country for a relatively short amount of time, and either returns with an accent or an enitrely new vocabulary? I do. I hate that person. There's actually a great episode of friends where they spoof this kind of imposter. The episode starts with Pheobe and Monica impersonating their friend Amanda who just got back from living in England:
Monica: "Helloooo Monica daaaaarling, it's Amaaanda caaalling!" It's like give it a rest! You're from Yonkers, your last name is Boufemounteesy!!
Pheobe: "Helloooo Pheobe, sorry to catch you on your mobile." Well if you didn't want to catch me on my MOBILE you shouldn't have called me on my MOBILE!!!
You know these kids of fonies. Their the student who spent a month in Italy, and now ends every phone conversation with "Chow!" Please, your not fooling anyone...
My biggest fear (that's a hyperbole) was to become one of these people. At the beginning of the year I was determind to keep my American English! However, it became clear very early on that if I didn't start speaking Bristish English, the kids wouldn't have any bloody idea of what I'm talking about! So now I'm one of them, and I will probably one of them when I get back to the states - it's a habit now. So, in the hopes that y'all won't make fun of me when I get home... and so you can hear a bit of what the Brits across the pond call a language, I have listed a collection of British lingo. This is my personal list, I didn't steal it off a website, these are all the words I've learned since being here.
Feel free to giggle and then include them in your daily conversation.
(Some of these terms are local to Bradford. Infact, Sourthern England - London and all that- use a lot of our pronunciations and vocab)
British English Translation "Example"
I can't be bothered I'm too lazy to do anything right now
Oh bless... Oh you... "Look, poor Luke has his head stuck in a jar, oh bless..."
Footy / Football Soccer
Cheers! / Ta! Thanks!
Asian Middle Eastern
Oriental Chinese/Japanese/Malaysian, etc....
a rubber Eraser "Use your rubber to rub it out!"
a plaster Band aid
Tea Drinking tea / another name for dinner
Sugar paper Construction paper
Skittles Bowling pins
Private school Boarding school
Public school Private school
State school Public school
In'n-it Right?! (Asian saying) "Steven Jared is Liverpool's best player, in'n-it!"
Trolly Shopping cart
Have a go... Try it yourself
Ginnel/snicket Narrow path
Wellies Rain boots
Chips Large french fries
Crisps What we call chips
brilliant! smashing! Fantastic! Excellent!
Top-up to fill up / add money to "I need to top-up my phone card"
Conkers Horse chestnuts
Chav Equal to a redneck or "trailer trash"
Pip-pip/ toodle pip/ cheerio Forms of saying goodbye
Fop Well dressed, pretty boy
Full of flannel A flatterer
Cot Baby's Crib
Posh rich, fancy
Fancy dress Costumes
Dobber One who tattles
Grass to tattle
Sledge Sled for snow
Chuck-a-wobbly another phrase for tantrum
Take the piss Make fun of someone
Snogging Making out
Proper Really "It was proper raining!"
Well nice really nice