*plain simple english*
I had to do my fair share of adjusting when I moved to England. I survived the culture shock and the beans for breakfast. But it was the whole “You say tomAAAto , I say tomAHto” thing that took a while. If I’m honest, it’s still taking. (Last week I asked a concierge for directions to the rest room. He sent me to the lobby.)
So here we go. For the American novice (i.e. tourist, holidayer, vacationer) traveling to the mother land, a few pointers – because our English, isn’t always that of the Queen.
Bangers (n.) – Sausages. As in ‘Bangers and Mash’. An English meal.
Biscuit (n.) – Cookie or Cracker.
Brolly (n.) – Umbrella
Bum (n.) – A humorous term for a person’s backside. (Not vagrant.)
Butty (n.) – Sandwich.
Cheers (phrase) – Drinking toast. Also means goodbye and/or thanks.
Chemist (n.) – Pharmacist/Pharmacy
Chippie (n.) – Fish and chip shop. (Chips = Fries)
Cupaa (n.) – A cup of tea.
Football (n.) – Soccer
Gob (slang) – Slang for ‘mouth’
Holiday (n.) – Vacation
Knackered (phrase) – Tired
Lift (n.) – Elevator
Lorry (n.) – Truck
Nick (v.) – To steal
Pants (n.) – Underwear (Can also mean lame.)
Petrol (n.) – Gasoline
Pinch (n.) – Steal
Quid (n.) – Pound (As in money, not weight)
Snog (v) – To Kiss (thanks oob)
Stone (n.) – 14 pounds (weight)
Tea (n.) – A light early evening meal (also a drink of course)
Torch (n.) – Flash light
Underground (n.) – Subway
Am I missing anything?