Sunday, September 1, 2013

10 more British words and their translations by me

1. Tosser.

The guy who throws the ball to the batter in cricket. Not the same as the wanker guy.

2. Bloody.

Soaked with blood.

3. Chuffed.

All scraped up. Derivative of scuffed.

4. Fancy.

Something special, as in "I hope you don't fancy a fancy dinner tonight."

5. Fortnight.

When tourists spend the night at the Alamo.

6. Sorted.

Revolting. Americans say "sordid."

7. Anti-clockwise.

Not in favor of being on time for appointments.

8. Zed,

Jed's brother. As in...

Fabienne: Whose motorcycle is this?
Butch: It's a chopper, baby.
Fabienne: Whose chopper is this?
Butch: It's Zed's.
Fabienne: Who's Zed?
Butch: Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.

9. Twigs 'n berries 'n bits 'n bobs.


10. Sod off.

A mudslide.

11. Whinge.

What you do when you slam your finger in a door.

12. Fiver.


13. Tenner.

A male opera singer.



  1. 14. Berk

    One who is always berking up the wrong tree.

  2. 15. Sanga

    Something you have for brekkie with your fried googs

  3. I hope you aren't implying my definitions are less than correct.

  4. I plan, soonly, to start writing "A New Texas Dictionary"

    Well, maybe not, I'll just look blankly at the person who just spoke to me, and wait for some sort of magical translation.

    Whatever it is they speak, it's not english.

    1. I have published part of a Texan primer before, though I don't remember where or when. Probably here and probably a long time ago. Here's just one you should know:

      "All eat up."


    2. And "a fur piece" has nothing do with a mink garment.

  5. In Texas, 'Yawl' is not a sailing vessel.

  6. In British politics, a "tosser" is not a Russian president and if you forget yourself (on Twitter), the PM will remind you in no uncertain terms that you should observe good manners and politeness at all times. Be warned. Be very warned.



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