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    27. "I'm trying to flog my old sofa. ", Someone that lacks common knowledge might be described as "dim," whilst someone that's intelligent might be described as "bright.". She’s such a chav” Here’s a guide to the most common cultural British stereotypes, both fact and fiction. From our linguistic research, we've confirmed that above all, British people are sarcastic, unsympathetic, and often rather drunk. Picture: (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Fair warning - there may be some swearing in this article, after all, we're British. That really means they care. Who wouldn't? Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. “That was a right bodge job” A “trolly” is the word the British use for a shopping cart. Meaning: To have sex, sexual relations, get “your groove on.”. That's the case with a number of Americanisms—American sayings we are so used to uttering that we forget they don't actually make any sense or have been so removed from their original meanings that it takes a linguist to connect them. This is probably how the term came about. “Did you see her? The origins of the word are widely disputed. Don't over-egg the pudding. Golly gosh 27. ", Someone that's energetic, lively, or enthusiastic might be described as "full of beans.". The "boot" is the compartment at the back of the car known as the "trunk" in American English. Daft Cow – Dumb, large woman. The origins of the phrase are largely debated online, however, it's believed that "to nick" as in to steal influenced the slang term for prison, as being imprisoned is similar to being "stolen" away. A "fag end" is also the ratty bits towards the ends of a reel of fabric, which are the worst and the cheapest bits of the reel. "Skiving" is the act of avoiding work or school, often by pretending to be ill. "Skive" is derived from the French "esquiver," meaning "to slink away. Fair go, mate. Cheerio. Then rest your zonked peepers on these 71 simple British phrases (compiled from slang dictionaries). These include removal of words or phrase that are ‘sex stereotypes ’ and replaced it with gender friendly words or phrases. To "take the Mickey" means to take liberties at the expense of others -- and can be used in both a lighthearted and an irritated fashion. "Did you hear what happened to John's old man? British slang is a niche of its own, evolving and transforming and adapting from city to city and from year to year, just as the English language itself has done. I'm cream crackered. “Did you just fluff?” or “Did you just pop?” Meaning: Did you just fart? ", "I'm going to make us spaghetti carbonara for dinner. Yay! This is the slang term used for a police van that picked up folks who got arrested. “He’s such a plonker,” “ponce,” “pillock,” “tosser,” “ twit,” “knob,” “bellend” “Spend a penny,” “Going for a slash” ", "She's come down with the dreaded lurgy. Read the original article on Business Insider UK. "The dreaded lurgy" originates from 1950s British TV show "The Goon Show," in which one character has to deal with a national epidemic of an unidentified illness. If you're "splashing out," it's implied that you're spending money on a treat to mark a special occasion or celebration. "A bacon sandwich and a builder's tea. This second theory has been disproved, however, by the slang's documentation predating the popularity of the phrase "by our lady.". “She was talking nineteen to the dozen” 40. Some people consider "bloody" offensive (the origins of the word are widely disputed, so we can't be sure why) and it was considered a profanity until the mid-20th century. This phrase became mainstream in the USA in the 1920s despite its British origins, but its popularity in the States has dwindled since the turn of the century. Stiff upper lip. 3. He was a wreck.". Australian slang words and phrases only Aussies know. “Don’t be such a wind-up merchant” British people drink a lot of tea This is one stereotype that, most of the time, is actually right. Something untrue -- often made up for dramatic effect. Eg, "half past seven," and "ten to six.". “That’s pants” Meaning: He’s mad. "And did you see that equalising goal in the last minute of injury time? This following list of Australian words and phrases contains some slang … Cheerio guys, break a leg! 33. Meaning: You’re going to get a punch in the face. Meaning: Having a gossip/chat. A dictionary of English phrases; phraseological allusions, catchwords, stereotyped modes of speech and metaphors, nicknames, sobriquets, derivations from personal names, etc., with explanations and thousands of exact references to their sources or early usage by Hyamson, Albert Montefiore, 1875-1954 Mix in a hearty helping of posh, formal, excessively polite-sounding Received Pronunciation accent, or at least how you think it is pronounced.No one (except those pesky British people) will notice.Add some Stock British Phrases for seasoning, wot, wot. Black People - Good rhythm, large penises, good at basketball, live in the ghetto, have no jobs,lazy, criminals and thieves, like fried chicken/watermelon, large lips Black Women - Big booties, sassy Blondes - Stupid, fun, sluts, shallow Brazilians - Enjoy carnivals, big booties, love football (soccer) Step into the realm of the unknown. Stereotypes are as common as there are phrases in the English Language. "Mint" might be used when referring to something of the highest calibre. Therefore, if you're "having a butchers," you're having a look at something. It's Sod's law. ", "I was going to go out tonight but when I finished work I was absolutely zonked. 1. “I had a few too many sherbets last night, mate. ", "Give me a call" or "ring me." However, when the noun “trolly” is turned into the adjective “trollied,” it is used to describe someone as being drunk. ", "Joe's children are so cheeky -- they tied my shoelaces together last week!". 45. Do you know anyone that might be interested?". What would we do without them? However, "the full Monty" actually refers to pursuing something to the absolute limits. This is the slang term used for a police van that picked up folks who got arrested. Something that is "tickety-boo" is satisfactory and in good order. Gretchen Wieners once advocated that everyone start saying “fetch,” but don’t stop there. “She/he/it’s minging” Start your Independent Premium subscription today. ", A nosey neighbour, often caught peering out on their street's activities from a curtained window, might be referred to as a "curtain twitcher. Don’t be a … To "splash out" means spending significant amounts of money on a particular item or event. Meaning: You’ve come into money / You have no money / You’re asking someone if they have any money. Upvote. This is still used in English in the phrase "egging someone on" to do something. “She’s as bright as a button” 8. ", "I'm Hank Marvin" means "I'm hungry" or "I'm ravenous.". If we are just learning English, learning these stereotypes will add fluency to us when we live in English-speaking countries, speaking English in daily life. Start with one cup(pa) tea. ", A British axiom that boils down to the idea that: "If anything can go wrong, then it definitely will go wrong. Now that's a proper breakfast.". If you want to tell someone to not concern themselves with issues that don't directly affect them, you might tell them to "wind their neck in.". "Pull" can also be used as a verb. "This week's done me in already, and it's only Tuesday. ", "Yeah, he's been swotting like mad for his Spanish exam. meaning: “I don’t believe you!”. Although it sounds crude, the phrase is actually considered a polite way of announcing that you are going to visit the bathroom. “That’s smashing,” “Super,” “Ace,” “Pucker” Meaning: That’s “awesome.” 26. The smogs were compared to pea soup due to their colour and density. ", Someone that comes across as scheming or untrustworthy might be described as "smarmy. "Goodness, you're full of beans this morning!". In the 14th century, nobility feasting on game—especially deer—would leave the heart, liver, and entrails for the humble servants. This is more commonly known in the US as "Murphy's law. I'm slumped. “Did you just fluff?” or “Did you just pop?” Used in e.g. Geezer is thought to stem from the 15th century "guiser," which meant well-dressed. "That guy's got such swagger -- he's a proper geezer. Let us look at some of these stereotypes in the following article. However, in the UK, someone that's "pissed" is most probably drunk. In "over-egging the pudding" analogy, someone is over-exciting, or over-mixing, the batter too much before it bakes -- resulting in a tough or dense cake. The word could be a variation of "toddle" -- like a young child's first steps. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Meaning: It’s cold outside. You are likely to come across these goodbyes while in London, so keep them in mind and maybe you could use them…. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Most Muslim women know it is fear and curiosity that cause people to stare. This cheery phrase is widely believed to originate from Northern factory workers around the time of the industrial revolution. "Pop" has evolved from "cock," and when someone "cocked" their clogs, the toes of their clogs pointed up in the air as they lay down dead. Meaning: He’s not very nice / He’s an idiot. "Lurgy" is probably based on a mispronunciation of the word "allergy. "Hank Marvin" is Cockney rhyming slang for "starving. Meaning: A man’s ‘private parts’. If you've "wangled" something, you've accomplished or attained something through cunning means. The idiom was first used to describe the thick, choking smogs that settled over London, caused by lots of people burning fossil fuels in a close vicinity, as early as 1200. 9. ", An act which could be deemed as impolite or shameless, but for some reason comes across as funny or endearing to others, would be described as "cheeky. The fact that those abroad know about our love of tea means no one will be surprised when you whip out the Tetley’s. – fantastic, great. 19. This term comes from the idea that an emotional or upset person has a quivering upper lip, so a stiff upper lip refers to the concept that the British are quite reserved and keep their emotions and feelings to themselves. You’ll notice how every time you meet up with an Italian they’ll always ask if you want a coffee. ", Similar to "nerd" or "geek" but less derogatory -- someone that takes academic study very seriously might be described as a "swot. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Chav – White Trash / Low Class. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile, [This article was originally published in 2018]. Every language has a few phrases that don't always translate well -- and the British English has some absolute corkers. Some believe it's derived from the Dutch word "blute," meaning "bare." To get ‘laid’. "Thomas is such an anorak when it comes to train trivia.". Although its origins are largely debated, the term's meaning has evolved over the last 50 years alone. British people drink a lot of tea. That's minging.". The action of chatting away -- with the jaw bobbing up and down -- resembles a chin "wagging" like a dog's tail. Yay! The team at the Business Insider UK office have compiled a list of the best British slang and idioms that define the weird and wonderful British dialect we grew up with. Meaning: She/he/it’s not very nice, disgusting. “How’s your father,” “Rumpy pumpy,” “Good rogering” If you're going to have a roast, have the full Monty! Men's urinals were free of charge. "Tinkle" refers to a phone's ring, while "blower" is slang or telephone and refers to the device that predated phones on Naval ships. ", A situation which has quickly evolved into an accident waiting to happen might be described as "gone pear-shaped.". The fact that those abroad know about our love of tea means no one will be surprised when you whip out the Tetley’s. 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The phrase is reportedly old slang from the Royal Air Force and was used to described awry expeditions and flights. This term comes from the idea that an emotional or upset person has a quivering upper lip, so a stiff upper lip refers to the concept that the British are quite reserved and keep their emotions and feelings to themselves. "Gob" is slang for mouth, so if you're gobsmacked, you're shocked to the point of clasping your jaw in disbelief. That's the case with a number of Americanisms—American sayings we are so used to uttering that we forget they don't actually make any sense or have been so removed from their original meanings that it takes a linguist to connect them. Mira güey, ¿salimos hoy o que? ", "Don't trust him -- he's a smarmy geezer. This is a shambles! ", Something unpleasant, unappetising, or highly unattractive might be described as "minging.". “I was gobsmacked” Previously, we brought you Nine Stereotypes About The British That Simply Aren't True. Step into the realm of the unknown. Harriet Marsden @harriet1marsden Monday 10 October 2016 10:41 offbeat. 47. When people rely on surface appearances and false racial stereotypes, rather than in-depth knowledge of others at the level of the heart, mind and spirit, their ability to assess and understand people accurately is compromised. “Oh stop whinging on” Someone silly or incompetent might be described as a wally. If you've "pulled," you've kissed someone. "What's in that sandwich? Meaning: I’m tired, exhausted. "She's great fun, but she's a few sandwiches short of a picnic.". Its origins are somewhat unclear, but a "bog" is another word for a toilet in British slang, adding to the connotations that something "bog-standard" is unglamorous and unspecial. If the joker forgets to say "no returns of any kind," the recipient can say "a slap and a kick for being so quick," accompanied by a slap and a kick. Meaning: Stop being such a wimp. This classic British idiom may seem stereotypically twee, however, some sources believe that "tickety-boo" in fact derives from the Hindu phrase "ṭhīk hai, bābū," meaning "it's alright, sir. 5. To "pull a blinder" involves achieving something difficult faultlessly and skilfully. “Don’t get shirty with me,” “Don’t get your knickers in a twist,” “You’re getting on my goat,” “Wind your neck in”. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. “She’s so gobby” ", Making random words past-tense to mean drunk, Brits are known for favouring a drink or two, so much so that almost any noun can be used as a substitute for "drunk. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Paddy wagon. Meaning: He’s the best, it’s the best. Like this Australian slang list! Sailors would blow down a pipe to their recipient, where a whistle at the end of the pipe would sound to spark attention. Meaning: That’s “awesome.”. There's always a bunch of stereotypes about every single country and its residents. Often used as “you beauty!”. springer In the ortolan bunting the regional song dialects are characterized by stereotyped final phrases as well as middle ones to some extent. The phrase describes the mayhem caused when something is recklessly thrown into the intricate gears and workings of a machine. We Brits love to sip, slurp and gulp down tea while occasionally dunking a digestive in there too. To "spend a penny" is a polite euphemism for going to the toilet. Being honest, when I think of the Englishman Stereotypes (Not British), I think of ……… Beer, Bull dog, Cricket, Tea, Big Ben, Shakespeare, pubs, Mr. Bean, Double Decker bus, Queen, Morris Dancing, Royal family, Union Jack, God Save the Queen, Battle of Britain, Trooping the Colour’, Rain… “Having a good old chinwag” Expect to have to explain yourself to straight-talking Americans should any of these highborn idioms leave your lips. Just your bog-standard dorm, really.". "Don't you worry, Alan, I'm on it like a car bonnet.". Boong, pronounced with ʊ (like the vowel in bull), is highly offensive and is related to the Australian-English slang word bung, meaning 'dead', 'infected', or 'dysfunctional'. Get to the city and start learning the second language of English. To "whinge" means to moan, groan, and complain in an irritating or whiney fashion. Stiff upper lip. "What are you up to this weekend? "Our Christmas dinner had everything from sprouts to Yorkshire puddings. Meaning: Stop teasing. This phrase is used to confirm or agree with something that another person has just said. “I’ll ring you,” “I’ll give you a bell,” “I’ll give you a tinkle” Narky is another word for moody or bad-tempered. 26. Beer, Bull dog, Cricket, Tea, Big Ben, Shakespeare, pubs, Mr. Bean, Double Decker bus, Queen, Morris Dancing, Royal family, Union Jack, God Save the Queen, Battle of Britain, Trooping the Colour’ , Rain…. Expect to have to explain yourself to straight-talking Americans should any of these highborn idioms leave your lips. Although it's more often used as a synonym for raincoat, an anorak is something slightly different in playground slang. A Stereotypes List That’s So Ridiculous You’ll Be Totally Stumped. The phrase is sometimes shortened to "give me a tinkle.". 31. A “trolly” is the word the British use for a shopping cart. ", "Sam did a botch job on these shelves -- they're wonky! Something that is "bog-standard" is completely ordinary with no frills, embellishments, or add-ons. ), the ones who take the cake are Salamandastron's hares (who are, to a buck, Royal Air Force WWII-era pilots), ending every other phrase with "wot wot? We Brits love to sip, slurp and gulp down tea while occasionally dunking a digestive in there too. Meaning: Did you just fart? Derived from "mint condition," which refers to something pre-owned that retains its pristine condition, although something that's just "mint" doesn't have to be pre-owned. It's common courtesy to offer a labourer or builder working on your house a builder's tea while they're working -- especially if they're working out in the cold. This intensifier can be added to practically any sentence in order to demonstrate incredulity or anger. "Don't put down a leaking mug on top of the newspaper, you wally!". 49. “Well that’s thrown a spanner in the works” ", "Sod's law" is often used to explain bad luck or freakish acts of misfortune. Meaning: I’m not coordinated. 25. Each term is partnered with a description and example. Meaning: Same as ‘Murphy’s Law’ — what’s going to happen, will happen. "He handles a screwdriver very cack-handedly. He pulled a blinder there.". “Nice baps,” “Look at those bristols,” “Look at those rose buds” "Quid" is British slang for "pounds," eg, "five quid" means £5. Meaning: To visit the bathroom. "Well, this has all gone a bit pear-shaped.". Historically, "gallant" described someone brave or valiant, so "gallivanting" is a carefree and confident act. Italian women stereotypes. ", If someone has done something highly irritating or surprising in an exasperating fashion, you might say that they've "taken the biscuit.". Ice-core δ18O records have been used to imply that during the LIA, West Antarctica was warm whereas East Antarctica was cold. A "pea-souper" is a thick fog, often with a yellow or black tinge, caused by air pollution. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars. Lost the plot – Gone crazy or completely stupid. If you're "winding someone up," you're making them tense or irritated in the same way you wind up a Jack-in-the-box before it pops. Paddy was a derogatory term for anyone Irish. This following list of Australian words and phrases contains some slang … Some entries also feature surprising facts about the phrase's origins, with a few quintessentially British idioms not actually coming from British roots at all. After "The Full Monty" film was released in 1997, there was some international confusion over the phrase in which it was taken as a euphemism for stripping. ", Benders often last over 24 hours, and so you might say that someone is on "a weekend bender," or a "three-day bender. This road is chocka! To party. 19. “Oh, he’s a Bobby,” “They call him PC plod” A slap and a kick for being so quick!". While Americans are more likely to say "seven thirty" or "five fifty," Brits will more often than not refer to times in "minutes past" the hour. ", "We should've taken the other route. "Taking the biscuit" is the equivalent of taking the nonexistent medal for foolishness or incredulity. ", Examples include "trollied," "smashed," and "gazeboed. See ya (see you later) Take care (look after yourself) Catch ya later (see you later/until next time) Have a good one (be safe/good luck) Take it easy (look after yourself) Ta ta. Meaning: Someone’s getting angry or aggravated with you or you’re getting annoyed or irritated with them. 18. Unrelatedly, "Clangers" was also a children's TV show from the 1970s about pink mouse-like creatures that lived on the moon. 12. Someone that's a little bit geeky, with strong interests or expertise in a niche area, might be referred to as an "anorak." To "flog" means to sell something -- usually quickly and cheaply. He popped his clogs, didn't he...", Something that is nonsense, rubbish, or simply untrue might be described as "poppycock. Some of the most endearingly antiquated and incomprehensible phrases in the English language emanate from Britain’s upper class. He's a bloody curtain twitcher, but he still won't sign for our packages.". “That’s rubbish!”. “He’s as mad as box of frogs,” “He’s crackers” Stereotypical Quotes - BrainyQuote With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. "Cack" is old-fashioned slang for faeces. 37. This word is at the forefront of Mexican slang. 1. ", • How much the best paid workers in 20 professions earn• Seven outdated men’s style ‘rules’ that you can now ignore• 16 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever. However, when the noun “trolly” is turned into the adjective “trollied,” it is used to describe someone as being drunk. If someone's "caught the lurgy," they're suffering from cold or flu-like symptoms. To "faff" is to waste time doing very little. ", A "par" breaches social and common courtesy, eg, a disrespectful comment could be seen as a "par. Meaning of British slang words Astronomy, to me, is the extraordinary study of the planets, moons, comets, and other celestial objects in the solar system. Nowadays, it's mostly a way for kids to pull pranks on their friends. Schoolkids might call "bagsy" on items from their friends' pack lunches, like an apple or a cereal bar, that the friend isn't going to eat. Stereotypes are as common as there are phrases in the English Language. So, if you're "ready for the knacker's yard," you're exhausted beyond relief. Although this sounds like an analogy about the chemistry of baking, or putting too many eggs in a cake batter, "egg" actually comes from the Anglo Saxon "eggian," meaning to "excite." 11. Barmy – Stupid or crazy. “That’s mint, that is” 43. When it comes to language, Americans have it pretty easy. But it’s worth noting that 19 per cent of Irish people don’t drink. Derived from the Newcastle sociolect, "mortal" was made widely known across the country in 2011 by reality TV show "Geordie Shore.". “You look smart” Known as “numbles”, which by the 15th-century had become … “I’ll give you a bunch of fives” ", "What's happened here? ", "Hey, there's loads of room on that bench. “She’s a picnic short of a sandwich,” “She’s a slice short of a loaf” Follow Business Insider UK on Twitter. So let's dispel all the myths that people have made up about Britain and British people. Whether you think this list is the "bee's knees" or if it's enough to make you want to "pop your clogs," scroll on to discover 88 very British phrases -- in alphabetical order -- that will confuse anybody who didn't grow up in the UK. 1. They know it is ignorance and stereotypes that cause people to suppose that a piece of material covering the hair strips a woman of the ability to speak English, pursue a career, work a remote control. Top notch. Meaning: It’s not great, not very good. Are you going on the pull?". "I wangled some first-class seats by being nice to the cabin crew!". Bob's your uncle -- you're driving!". The meaning of this slang has been debated at length. “Sweet Fanny Adams” Not to be confused with literally being disembowelled, someone that says they're "gutted" is devastated or extremely upset. Someone that lacks common sense might be described as "a few sandwiches short of a picnic." 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