Words Brits use that Americans don't?

Discussion in 'U.K.' started by Candy Gal, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. oldguynurse

    oldguynurse Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    I've been trying for years to correct people as to that. When they say, 'shovel', I say, with a round tip, it's a shovel, a square end is a spade. Usually I get, 'oh'.
     
  2. Harry7272

    Harry7272 Members

    Fag for cigarettes
     
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  3. arizonacook

    arizonacook Banned

    Oh my ....one would actually have to go outside to know the difference! ( a gardener am not)
     
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  4. Vladimir Illich

    Vladimir Illich Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    Me neither darlin', in fact I don't have a garden at all (thankfully !!! )
     
  5. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    Pudding club - Pregnant
     
  6. oldguynurse

    oldguynurse Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    That one opens a can of worms.

    The ancient and from both sides of the pond, 'in the family way' and 'with child' or 'a bun in the oven' and the simple 'expecting'.

    More modernly, 'preggers'.
     
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  7. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    Or simply - Up the duff
     
  8. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    Boxing Day.
    Apparently you Americans don't have it????
     
  9. marcco

    marcco Senior Member

    spend a penny ------------ going for a peeee
     
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  10. Vladimir Illich

    Vladimir Illich Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter


    Decimalisation of our currency and inflation have largely made this phrase redundant now.
     
  11. marcco

    marcco Senior Member

    same as ,cheap as chips ...as chips aint cheap anymore ,but they must have been cheap at one point ,for that phrase to be used
     
  12. Vladimir Illich

    Vladimir Illich Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter


    Yes, many. many many years ago when fish 'n chips were the only 'fast food' available.
     
  13. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    Wooden Hill - Stairs
     
  14. Vladimir Illich

    Vladimir Illich Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter


    Yes Candy darlin' - Up the wooden hill to BEDFORDSHIRE. or the cockney back-rhyming slang - Apples & Pears (rhyming with stairs).
     
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  15. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    Fancy – Fancy holds its a typical meaning for something high-end, but more typically, it is used to describe something you want to / or have to do. It can also be used to say you are physically attracted to someone, like a celebrity or the new guy in town.

    Chippy – A fish and chips shop. Basically the most stereotypically British of foods. Battered fish and deep-fried potatoes are eaten all over the UK.


    Jacket Potato – As you can see by now, British people really like their potatoes. A jacket potato is a baked potato. It can be served plain or with the works.
     
  16. oldguynurse

    oldguynurse Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    "...Jacket Potato – As you can see by now, British people really like their potatoes. A jacket potato is a baked potato. It can be served plain or with the works...."

    Over here they're sold as 'loaded' baked potatos. Personally, I likes mine more natchul, with butter and salt and a few chopped onions.
     
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  17. Vladimir Illich

    Vladimir Illich Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter


    Hmmmm - sounds good, but try slicing the potato in half, scoring the two halves, adding a knob of butter on each half, then placing slices of Cheddar cheese on top of the butter and letting it partially melt - absolutely delicious !!!
     
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  18. marcco

    marcco Senior Member

    they aint potatos ,,,there spuds
     
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  19. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    True x
     
  20. Varmint

    Varmint Member

    Potatoes, 'tatoes, spuds....you'll likely hear that and more over here depending on which part of the US you're in.

    And never plant yer 'maters where last year you had 'taters!
     
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