As you all know, I work for my dad's company. We have drivers all over the world - in particular, though, we have 4 from the U.K. We also have a forum board where the guys talk about their cars and offer suggestions/support. Having Brits and 'Merkins can sometimes be amusing.
British Driver #1: "I couldn't put a longer screw in as I was using the longest 4-40's that would fit, the 3mm fit but it feels like a bodge."
American Driver #1: "You crazy Brits -- speak English please!!! Wot's a bodge???"
American Driver #2: "From context, I'm guessing "something terrible."
British Driver #2: "Botch? Scrapheap challenge it together."
American Driver #1: "That made no more sense than the previous..."
At which point, the following website was suggested...Here
This is a website I could waste hours on! It's got fantastic definitions. For instance: codswallop: n
, an antiquated but superb word meaning "nonsense".having kittens
, extremely nervous. For some reason.cockney: n adj
, a person from the east end of London - the true definition requires them to have been "born within the sound of the bells of Bow Church". A more modern definition might be "born within the sound of a racist beating", "born in the back of a stolen Mercedes" or perhaps "born within the range of a Glock semi-automatic". They have a distinctive accent, which other Brits are all convinced that they can mimic after a few pints.cot: n
, crib. Americans call a sort of frame camp bed a "cot". Brits don't. I'd say they just called it a "camp bed", as God intended. I'm guessing that he intended that. The Bible is fairly ambiguous about which day God chose to create camp beds.jam: n,
jelly. Sort of. What Americans call "jelly" (fruit preserve without fruity-bits in it), Brits still call "jam". What Americans call "jello", Brits call "jelly". Oh yes, and what Americans call "jam" is still "jam" in the UK. I think that's the jams pretty much covered.