As some of you know, I've been living in the UK for the last 2.5 Months.
In the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, he talks about how traveling itself will do you good because you'll be reminded that the world is indeed bigger than you remembered.
This has definitely happened in the UK.
As the first english speaking country I've visited outside of the United States, these...quirks have been extremely fun to figure out and a lot of fun to make fun of 🙂
Minted - Rich i.e.
"She lives in Chelsea? She has got to be minted!"
Mint - Cool
"Honestly I don't need to travel much, there are so many Mint things in the UK!"
Mustard - Really Good
"That Garage is Mustard"
Nice One - What it sounds like, but they use it in random spots that don't make sense.
Me: "That was a fun day!"
Them: "Yeah nice one!"
"You can hire bikes here"
This one took some getting used to.
Tree Surgeon: Arborist (?)
"I work in Tree Surgery"
This is a legitimate profession. Don't laugh.
Sorted: Taken care of/Done
"See it, say it, sorted" (This is the motto on the tube about reporting suspicious activity)
"How was the journey down" (Used for a 10 minute walk, 30 minute bus ride, or 7 hour flight...they are all the same)
"What do you reckon?"
I know this one is common...but it still makes me chuckle when I hear it. Not sure why, but I think because it is so quintessentially British.
“Half [Insert Time of Day Here]”
"We're going to meet at half eight" (This means eight thirty)
The first time I heard this one I thought "How that is a really unnecessary way to say 4 o'clock
Bezza - Best Friend
"Going down to visit your bezza?"
We (The Royal Plural) - No translation
“We went with Jon” (even though it was just the person talking and Jon)
This is also common in Spanish - "Fuimos con Jeny" for example.
Apparently this comes from something called the "royal plural" - The queen will say we instead of me and us instead of I.
"Let's talk whilst we walk"
Another quintessential english word that sounds stuffy to Americans
Bit: a little bit/kind of/grainy/part
"It's a bit much"
"What was your favorite bit?"
"This bit here"
"It's a bit...bitty" (This one made me laugh SO hard)
"its proper hot today mate"
Not that big of a deal...but takes some getting used to
WeekEnd: Weekend (Capital Letter for Emphasis)
"This WeekEnd" (They say it like two words, but one word at the same time)
Zed: The letter Z
"X, Y, Zed" (This one seems completely unnecessary to me hahaha)
"A guy called Bob used to sleep here"
This one really threw me off at first. "Called Bob? Why wouldn't you just tell me his name? I don't even know the guy..."
To be fair: But
"To be fair, he already had a business at that point"
"To be fair. [insert something here that didn't need that preface]" You alright?: Hello
walks into a room
You must make sure to reply "You alright?" back.
after helping you with something
“Is there a toilet around here?”
Toilet definitely seems too explicit a word to me
London: Anything within about 50 miles of Central London
"Yeah I live in London, about an hour outside of central"
I have a hard time feeling like the city is this big.
"This place is so posh!"
I like this one.
"This area became really gentrified about 20 years ago"
I think the real meaning of this is that rich people take over, but I haven't heard anyone use it that way.
"I Studied Maths at University"
This one still makes me smile every single time hahaha 😂
"Such a great film"
Not a huge deal, but yeah
Wild Swimming: Swimming anywhere but a pool
"Wild Swimming in Tintagel"
Hilarious. First time I heard this I thought it meant skinny dipping.
Meant to: Supposed to
"We were meant to go to dinner at 6"
Can't Be Bothered: I don't feel like it
"I was going to drop that off, but I can't be bothered."
Other bonus items that aren't words but are different and take some getting used to:
Driving on the left side of the road (obvious) - I haven't driven at all, but I always tend to go to what is the passenger door in America before I realize I'm on the wrong side of the car
You have to turn the outlets on (no one talks about this) - Every outlet has a little switch which you have to turn on. If you forget, you may realize your phone has not been charging for the last 8 hours.
Chicken Restaurants - EVERYWHERE. All they sell is chicken. "Chicken Garden" "Mike's Chicken Place" "The Chicken Shack". Nothing but chicken. Beats me as to why.