One Thousand Thanks: 599 – 609. British Words

A tea and coffee shop in the covered market

A tea and coffee shop in the covered market

One of my favorite parts about traveling is observing how people are similar in many ways but also unique. The British have many words and phrases that are new to me and absolutely delightful.

Choosing only a few to share with you was difficult. There are so many! If you have any words from your own language that you want to share, please do so in a comment. I love learning new things.

599. Pigeon Holes – These are mail boxes. I have not gotten anything in mine yet.

Beautiful boats on the Thames

Beautiful boats on the Thames

600. Pudding – Any type of dessert can be labeled as a pudding.

601. Que – A fancy word for line, people stand in these quite often.

602. Good Morning – We were told as a class several times that this meant “Be quiet and listen up!”

603. Coach – How much more elegant than a bus!

604. All right? – This pretty much means, “Okay” or, “If you are all ready.”

605. Dodgy – This means something or someone is untrustworthy.

606. Fancy – One can use this to mean that they want something or desire it.

This is where I usually study.

This is where I usually study.

607. Quite – This is often used alone to mean “certainly” or “I agree.”

608. Zed – That is how Z is pronounced.

609. Right Put this in front of any word to mean very.

Links to previous posts:

544 – 554

555 – 565

566 – 576

577 – 587

588 – 598

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13 thoughts on “One Thousand Thanks: 599 – 609. British Words

  1. Anonymous says:

    Can you message me on fb with your contact address? I will send you something for your pigeon hole. This is Carolyn.

  2. MEM says:

    Jolly good!

  3. Cal says:

    Queue… Ah yes, Brits love standing in queues! It’s practically a national sport! My favourite English expressions were, ‘Oh, bless!’ said when a small child did something particularly adorable, or someone was very sweet, and the use of ‘well’ as a replacement for ‘extremely’. You’re probably hanging around people in Oxford who are much too middle class to say things like ‘he’s well fit’ or ‘it was well good’, but trust me, it’s an excellent, all-purpose word. It can also be used in conjuction with ‘proper’ as in, if something is truly excellent, you can say it’s ‘proper well good’!

    Another piece of brit-speak I’ve learned recently but didn’t come across while I lived there is the use of the term ‘messy’ to describe being drunk or high. As in, ‘let’s get messy’! However, I’ve also heard Americans use the expression, so possibly it’s just that it’s not an Australian usage (an Aussie equivalent would be ‘wasted’ as in ‘let’s get wasted’) or that I’m not really in with a party crowd.

  4. OnTheWay... says:

    Love seeing what’s everyday to me through your eyes, British sayings are something I teach when we get new international volunteers. Tricky as it’s pretty regional too, have you had the roll, batch, cob, bap (bread) debate yet?

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