Monday, March 03, 2008

UK Vocab

I am getting together a few words to use when we visit the UK. While I will be obviously Australian as soon as I open my mouth, I want to feel like I will fit in a little and use the local expressions.

I have on my list already,








Are there any more kind words I should ad to my vocabulary?

And I must learn to respond when meeting someone with 'orright', before the question is asked as to how I am. One just shakes hands and says orright. It is kinda nice.


  1. Im no Brit Vocab expert but I can almost picture Andrew saying 'G'day Mate r ya a Sassanak?'



  2. Anonymous4:54 pm

    "Slapper" = slut
    "Flip Off" = Fuck Off
    "Jog On" = go away

  3. I'd go the other way mate.
    Lay on the Strine.
    They'll call you Bruce anyhow.
    They call all of us Bruce.
    Only a Scot can use Sassenach - it's all the scum sarf of The Border - they have not forgiven the brutal Highland Clearances.

    Hughsie will arrive here soon and give you wise counsel.
    Bon Voyage

  4. Nice one Keshi.

    Thanks Reuben. I certainly need to add slapper.

    I can't do strine Dys. I have plenty of Scottish heritage, so I might get away with it. I can probably do a Scots accent better than I could strine. Brian appears to be busy. So he does have a life.

  5. Actually I was fast asleep. It's a rare event these days so I tend to get carried away when the opportunity presents itself.

    Anyhow, Annie the Bruce is right, Sassanach is a Scottish expression. The rest of them are either Cockney (which is fine if you don't stray outside London) or, presumably, the inventions of Hollywood. Use any of those expressions to anyone round our end of the country and you'll be greeted with a blank expression followed by the words: "Did you say you were from South Africa?"

    Here's a few northern expressions which you can slip into the conversation:

    Barmcake: A bit like a bread roll only larger and better. Usually accompanied by bacon.

    Blackpudding: What Americans think we call blood pudding. Not as disgusting as it sounds...especially when you see what actually goes into a McDonald burger. Full of iron...rather than bull's knob and arse.

    Woolyback: A scouse term for an outsider.

    Twat: A woolyback's term for a scouser.

    Sister: A welsh farmer's term meaning 'wife'.

    "Y' greet big spawny-eyed sheep-shaggin', pedo wassack!": A term of endearment recommended for all Americans to use when greeting yokels in a country pub.

    Tiffin: Tea and crumpets. Also a euphermism for casual sex in Carry On films.

    Bollocks: The formal name used when greeting a member of the clergy.

    Parkin: A type of cake. It's quite nice actually.

    "Mindyerownbizzness yerdinglebamber": A name for customs officers at the airport. Must always be delivered loudly, especially when questioned about carrying illegal substances.

    Piss up and barney: A typical evening at the local Women's Institute.

    Cricket: An game invented by the British to make the Australians believe that their country is capable of actually achieving something.

  6. Just watch TV on Saturday nights. You should be able to pick up quite a few dialects from different regions in one sitting. Round it all out with a dose of Antiques Roadshow, Time Team and scrap heap challenge on week nights and you should be set.

  7. All noted down, along with the rescue number of our High Commission. Much obliged Brian.

    Curious as to why you did export cricket to Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong...even Mauritius. Instead you chose countries where the inhabitants had black skin.

  8. I watch far too much English tv Ben. Where do you think I picked up the aforementioned?

    Correction: I meant in previous comment 'why did you NOT export cricket...'

  9. Andrew,

    I'm curious as to why we exported cricket anywhere. England's completely crap at the game.

  10. As soon as any cricketer does well in England, the emigrate to warmer climes.

  11. There's a brit in the office where I work.

    He's like a walking, one man episode of Are you being served?.

  12. Oh god Bobby, please say you are kidding.

  13. Bobby,

    I suspect that says more about your office than it does about the average Brit. Now perhaps you'll understand why we chucked 'em all out of this country and into yours.

  14. Hi Andrew,

    You musn't go by what you see on the telly. Everything is really just as it was in the good old days of Ealing Comedy. So, if you are going to be middle class you should bring a bowler hat with you and say "thenks awfully" and "now look here, my good man". If you are going to be working class, bring a flat cap which you should raise if a middle or upper class person addresses you and learn how to say "Gor bless you, guv'nor" and "that's a right 'ow's yer farver an' no mistake."

    Have an awfully nice time.

  15. Lol RtS. Funny, my partner's sisters, both working class, set a very poor example of obseque....that word, towards their betters.