British English from A to Zed: A Definitive Guide to the Queen's English

British English from A to Zed: A Definitive Guide to the Queen's English

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 1620875772

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Whether you are traveling to Great Britain or just want to understand British popular culture, this unique dictionary will answer your questions. British English from A to Zed contains more than 5,500 British terms and their American equivalents, each with a short explanation of the term’s history and an example of its use. The appendixes provide valuable supplemental material with differences between British and American pronunciation, grammar, and spelling as well as terms grouped in specific areas such as currency, weight, and numbers.

This dictionary will help you unravel the meanings of:

• Berk (idiot)
• Bevvied up (drunk)
• Crisps (potato chips)
• Erk (rookie)
• To judder (to shake)
• Noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe)
• And more!

George Bernard Shaw famously said that the British and Americans were “two peoples separated by a common language.” This book bridges that gap.

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up.’ Old-fashioned building directories usually put the number of the pair first, followed by the name of the occupants. pair of tongs. See under barge-pole. Paki, n. adj. Pakistani Slang. (Rhymes with wacky.) An abbreviated form with offensive racist connotations. Paki-bashing is an unpleasant word for the unpleasant activities of roaming gangs looking for people of South-Asian descent to beat up. palaver affair; business Slang. A palaver, literally, in both countries, is a powwow, a

sizar, n. SEE COMMENT Student at Cambridge, and at Trinity College, Dublin, on part or full scholarship. Originally, a sizar had to perform certain duties for other students that are now taken care of by paid employees of the College. Servitor, now obsolete, was the approximate equivalent at some Oxford colleges. See also bursar. skew-whiff, adj., adv., Inf. crooked(ly); askew skier. See sky ball. skilly, n. SEE COMMENT Broth made of oatmeal and water, usually flavored with meat. A very

water; in low water initial; sign off initiation fee; entrance fee (The) Inland Revenue; taxman inlet; creek inn; hostelry innards; gubbins inner-spring; interior-sprung inning; innings innkeeper; landlord in raptures; over the moon insane; certified insect; creepy-crawly inside dope; gen inside dope; griff inside of loaf; crumb in spades!; with knobs on! inspect; view installment; plan; hire-purchase installment plan; tally plan installment plan; (the) never-never instant

is usually so understood; academician refers especially to that institution. The initials R.A. after a name mean that the artist is a member of the institution. accelerator, n. gas pedal accept, v.i. agree For instance, I cannot accept that you have met the conditions of the contract. A common use in Britain. See discussion under agree. access, n. visitation Term used in matrimonial law, referring to the rights of the parent without custody to visit the children of the marriage. See a

1899, to May 17, 1900, when the siege was raised. The relief of Mafeking was cause for great rejoicing and the populace of London and elsewhere celebrated the happy event with extravagance and exultation. The -ing ending was mistakenly believed by the general public to indicate a gerund, and maffick came to mean, to the many who had never heard of the place, ‘celebrate hilariously’ usually with the assistance of alcoholic stimulants. magistrate, n. approx. justice of the peace magistrate’s

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