As you may have heard, there aren’t many English-speaking expats prodding along here in Bella Calabria, but the ones we have are simply brill. Case in point, my Irish pal, Jen. In honour of Jenny’s 28th birthday today (ahem!) I’m going to share some of my favourite British expressions … and-oh!-how I love to use them.
Laura, Me and Jen at Thanksgiving Dinner, 2008
Rubbish – Sounds so much nicer than “crap,” or “trash.” In regards to those ruthless remarks from Monday’s post … “It is all rubbish!”
Cheers – Nope, it’s not the bar or a toasting salutation just a good ‘ole British way of expressing gratitude. Go ahead. Try it. I promise you’ll feel happier, your face will shine more brightly and you’ll sound like you really mean it. I mean … “thanks” …?- It sounds down right dismal.
Pissed – For the first three months I knew my British friend, Tony I wondered why he was so angry. I couldn’t understand why he’d get sloppy drunk, hug on us all, then proclaim madness. I kid you not-I’m a slow learner. But it is fun to say. “We didn’t get home til 3 AM. We were so pissed.”
Loo – Have you ever heard of a cuter way to tell someone you are gonna take a piss-not to be confused with British Word #3? “Hold my bag, daaarling, I’m going to the loo.” (To which I always want to add … skip to the loo … skip to the loo, my darling … But I don’t.)
Knickers, Snogging and Shagging – Just ’cause they sound so naughty!
Wanker and Sod Off – Because it is fun to tell someone off in another “language,” as in “I told that wanker to sod off.”
And my all time favourite, absolutely dedicated to my Irish mate …
Janey Mackers – I actually had to look this one up for clarification, but ain’t it a fun way of sayin’ “Holy Shit!” Jen got a good laugh out of me when I repeated the expression to her as “Jenny Mackerel.”
“That’s a fish, Cherr,” she said. “Not an expression.”
So here’s wishing all of my British friends a great day and that young Irish lass … a Happy Birthday!
I’ve learned more British words and expressions living in Europe than I ever knew back home. Have you picked up any British words-or vice versa, if you are British? If so, which ones are your favorites?