Top 10 Brit Sayings which confuse Americans : LUSENET : Junkyard Wars : One Thread

10. What a monster balzer 9. You're havin a laugh 8. About me own house

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-- Max (, April 07, 2001


7. time to have a fag

-- elizabeth (, April 07, 2001.

#6)In America.. The phrase "Knock you up in the morning" could lead to a sexual herasment suit.

-- Craig Wardle - Team Captain ( The Conjuring Canucks ) (, April 07, 2001.

To add to Elizabeth's, to ask for a smoke in England:

Can I bum a fag.

-- Rick (, April 07, 2001.

Anything in Scottish or rather any Celtic accent.

-- Lou Paynter (, April 09, 2001.

Buggar. It also means a type of person, ie: lucky, jammy, annoying, etc..

-- Lou Paynter (, April 09, 2001.

Yeah, well, I always thought "Bangers & Mash" were a couple of English biker types, whilst "Bubbles & Squeak" were their girl friends. I have since been informed that this may not be the case. Anyone on the right side of the pond care to translate?

-- Chip Haynes (, April 09, 2001.

I wish too SunnyJim. 'Bubble & Squeak' is mashed potatoe mixed with cooked veg then fried and served. Bangers & Mash is simply sausages with mashed potatoe. Baked beans and fried onion compliments both dishes rather well. All this of food is making me feel hungary, or what the other Londoners' say 'Hank Marvin'. So, can any of you Stateside guess what Hot Pot is, or even Shepherds Pie? Answers to ...

-- Lou Paynter (, April 09, 2001.

And now spot the spelling mistakes.... Potatoe was actually ment to be potatoes because one potato would not make enough mash. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

-- Lou Paynter (, April 09, 2001.

Lou- My wife enjoys the Sheperd's Pie our favorite restaurant, so I know what that is, but "Hot Pot"? I'm guessing that's what we would call a pot pie. And another thing: "SunnyJim"? I've heard that in both "Black Ader Goes Forth" and "Jumanji". Please enlighten me on the origin and meaning!

-- Chip Haynes (, April 09, 2001.

Chip - the origin and meaning of SunnyJim I'm not 100% certain on, but basically it is another word for a person ie mate. Another word that confuses the Americans is 'Lush'. This is used in such sentances as 'that beer was lush'. It means really nice. Can't think of any others at the moment, I'm abit busy eating loads of M&M cookies.

-- Lou Paynter (, April 10, 2001.

Thank you, SunnyJim!

-- Chip Haynes (, April 10, 2001.

Even if you're playing baseball, never suggest to a brit that you'd like to go 'shag some flies' (practice catching fly balls) in the outfield...

-- Brian Flynn (, April 10, 2001.

Ok, "shag some flies" is an American phrase designed to confuse the English. But then, so was "ok" before everyone on three planets starting using it. You want to sping their heads around? Tell 'em their sister is pretty ugly.

-- Chip Haynes (, April 10, 2001.

Sping? SPING?? Geez, Where'd I learn to type? (Hint: Trick question- I didn't.) Ah well- leave it. It'll confuse them even more!

-- Chip Haynes (, April 10, 2001.

I think you confused yourself. Aawwww, group hug?

-- Lou Paynter (, April 11, 2001.

Is it true that the word "bloody", in England, is/was used as an obscenity?

-- Julie Summersell (, April 12, 2001.

I just read somewhere (I think it was the suvivorsucks web site, of all things) that "bloody" is a phoenetic contraction of "By our Lady", and "blimey" a contraction of "blind my eyes". Not sure if it'e true, but at least it's clean! Lou? What's the word on this one?

-- Chip Haynes (, April 12, 2001.

Not too sure about 'bloody', I do know we use it alot though (Bloody this, bloody that, bloody heck, bloody hell), probably travelled it's way through the years from Ye Olde times. 'Blimey', I'm pretty sure, derived from the Blarney Castle in Ireland (of all places) and not the UK. I'm sure there will be a website that will go into detail alog with a lovely ye olde (gets around that ye olde stuff) Irish folk tale. The Blarney Castle, now there's a place. People come from miles around (as well as different countries) to lean over backwards to kiss (yes, kiss) the outside of the castle. I've been there myself (a few years ago) and I remember one lady saying (seriously, I might add), whilst walking down an ancient stone stairwell, "you know, I think they ought to build a lift". Oh dear!

-- Lou Paynter (, April 12, 2001.

And if I don't have an Uncle named Bob, will things go all pear shaped for me?

-- Chip Haynes (, April 12, 2001.

haha. was fun reading this page. from uk:

"bobs your uncle" means "and there you have it! finished!" "voila!".

"on ya bike/get ouuut of it!" is another british expression, originated long ago from wales. it means "no way!!".

"sunny jim". yes it means "friend/mate". i dont know where it originated, but its possibly from eastend london cockney. similar to "me old china" "china plate - mate".

"piss off" means "fuck off"

"oi oi" means "wahheyy" to get the ladies attention. "oi!" means "hey". an informal attention grabber :)

"totty" means "girls/women"

"christ oh mighty" means jesus christ. that was obvious. :| "sodding hell" means "fucking/bloody hell". "sod" is a word usually said from the angry mother to her young naughty child. figure it out.

im sure you know all these already, but i was bored so starte writing.

-- xx (, October 17, 2003.

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