Brassed Off

Word Fun: Issue No. 3

This one comes from Bill Bryson’s The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way.  Below is a list of British terms that Bryson, writing in 1990, challenges his mostly American audience to identify. 

Do this list and then look out for my next post on the subject – a little vignette entailing some choice British terms in action.

cot

cotton (for sewing)

courgette

to skive

candy floss

full stop (punctuation)

inverted commas

berk

joiner

knackered

number plate

Old Bill

scarper

to chivvy

subway

pantechnicon

flyover

leading article

fruit machine

smalls

coach

spiv

to grizzle

to hump

 

Here are a few of my own contributions:

settee

chav and chavy

mangetout

grime

humped zebra crossing

trolley

 broad beans

sport

pissed

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1 Comment

  1. ted said,

    August 25, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Also so-so labor film…

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115744/


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