Small Streams


The Sound of England
May 2, 2015, 3:11 am
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Great 1960s video of a Cornish fishing village. 



British Expressions
May 1, 2015, 4:28 am
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Definitions under development. Please leave suggested words in comments or send to mstroup at gmail.com.

airs and graces

Alight – official, used in tfl

Anti-clockwise

Arse – common. Ass

Aubergine – food

Bacon – Back bacon

Bang on

Bang to rights

Banger, food, sausage

Banter – chat, used more extensively than in the states

Bap – food. sandwich. 

Beadle – clerical term, like vicar, verger, warden, etc. Not necessary to learn unless you get into Anglican Church governance or are a reader of murder mysteries. 

Beetroot – Food. Beet. 

Bespoke – custom, tailor made.  

Bin – more polite than trash

Bit of a – diminutive used for purposes of meter

Bits and Bobs – odds and ends

Bloke

Bloody – common, profanity 

Bloomer – Food. loaf of bread

Bobby – Common. Policeman or woman

Boffin – egghead 

Book – reserve a ticket

Bollocks – Priests, testicles

Boot 

Boot Sale

Brew – tea, not beer

Brilliant

Builder’s – Short for a builder’s tea, teabag, milk, and two sugars

Butchers – Rhyming slang.  to look/butcher’s hook. “The Apple watch is out. Let’s go to Regent Street store and have a butcher’s

Butties- bacon and butter sandwich (cf. sarnies, toasters, and roasties)

Car Park – garage

Chav – vulgar. White trash

Cheek(y) – common term. to have a lot of nerve. As in Mike Meyers’ “cheeky monkey.”

Chippy

Chips

Chuffed – wodehousian

Coach – Bus

Copse – Not a spinney 

Courgette 

Crack – conversation 

Cracking

Crisps

Cuppa – common, cup of tea

Daft – crazy

Do – party

Donkey’s – a long time. “I haven’t seen you in a donkey’s” might be vulgar

Diversion – official. Detour. “This bus is on Diversion.” You’r about to get off two stops away from where you thought it would. 

Earth – electrical. Ground. 

Fag – Common. Cigarette. 

Fancy. (V.)

Fanny – Vagina

Flat – common term. Apartment. 

Flyover – official. Elevated Highway. Descriptive. 

For shite – vulgarity, not good for anything

Fringe – using the American expression gets the English all a Twitter because why would you use a word that means sexual congress for something else(cf. bang on, bang to rights, banger)
Fuck all – Vulgar. Nothing. He didn’t do ~.

Full English – one egg, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, mushroom, toast 

Full stop

Fully cooked

Gherkin 

Green man

Gutted

Haitch – ‘aitch

Have a go – try it, sometimes “it” means “sex”

Hen Party – also Hen do

Hob – stovetop

Holiday

Home Counties – South east England

Hoover

How’s your father

Innit

Inverted commas 

Jab – injection. Get your flu ~. 

Jacket potato

Joggers – sweat suit

Jolly – Useful adverb for emphasis

Jumper

Kitchen Roll

Knees up

Knackered- Tired. Rhyming slang: creamed and crackered. 

Knickers 

Lad

Legend

Lie-in – sleep in

Lift

Loo Roll

Lorry

Mains – electricity 

Mains – Food. Main course

Mangé tout 

Massive

Mash – Food. Mashed potatoes. 

Mate

Maths

Meal deal

Mental

Mind

Mod cons 

Mods

Naff 

Nicked 

No Worries

Nosy Parker

Odds and sods – usually less useful than bits and bobs 

Page three – Archaic. Of or relating to female frontal nudity. 

Pants

Pissed 

Plaster

Pleb

Pollard

Posh – port outbound starboard home 

Pram

Punter

Proper

Punnet

Queue

Quite – not really

Random

Reckon – used equally by mountaineers in the U.S. And by RP announcers on BBC 4. 

Return – round trip ticket

Roastie

Rollie

RP – Received Pronunciation. The way people talk on the BBC. Accent in the Home Counties. 

Sarnie

Seeing to

Shag

Skint

Spanner

Spinney – Not a spinney (see also copse)

Stag do

Standards

Starters 

Surgery

Subway

Sorry

Sorted 

Spanner

Spiv – invented as if there weren’t enough words to put down people. 

States, the – the U.S.  

Streaky bacon – bacon

Stitched up

Stuck in

Ta – Irish. Ta ta. Occasionally overheard in London outside of Kilburn. 

Take the piss

Taps

Telly

Tied House

Tills

Toastie 

Tommy – it’s Tommy this and Tommy that. Most of us can’t remember why. 

Torch

Tot 

Track suit – sweat suit

Trainers

Top upTrousers 

Tosser – no good. Connotations of drinking. A toss pot. 

Trousers
Twat – Vulgar. Vagina. Used as a put down. Pronounced with flat “a”. 

Tube 

Uni

Valve – Electrical. Tube. 

Waster

Way out

Well – like jolly, used for emphasis. He was ~ up for it. Can even be used in tandem with jolly. “He jolly-well better be.”

Whinge 

Zebra Crossing

Zed