The state of British English

Rick Johnson   Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:13 pm GMT
Diaper vs nappy.......doesn't really matter as they were both coined in Britain!
Damian in Edinburgh   Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:25 pm GMT
Chuck the baby out with the bathwater if you like but keep the diaper - nappy - or whatever the heck you want to call it.....canny Scottish thrift :-)
Adam   Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:14 pm GMT
"I doubt people learn English for it's efficiency "

They learn it for its efficiency and because it's a lot more useful than Dutch.
Adam   Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:16 pm GMT
"Adam, Adam, Adam; you are funny. I believe "The Eagle has landed" was said in an AMERICAN accent.... "

Yeah? And?

All I said was that Imperial measurements, not metric measurements, put man on the Moon.

Imperial is far superior, and less cumbersome.
Adam   Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:20 pm GMT
"In Adam's part of Lancashire: Fleeing "

Other lancashire words for "cold" -


Cowd ("By eck, it's cowd out here.")
Adam   Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:30 pm GMT
More British slang words -

Banger - sausage/old car

Chelp/Chelp off - to disagree vocally with someone without sufficient grounds to do so i.e. "he chelped off at me"

Daft - stupd/foolish

Evat - The common newt

Minging - ugly

Nards - testicles

Nimrod - A Northern English word for the common weasel

Pongo - Infantryman of the British army

Scrotty - dirty

Skanking - dirty

Skivvies - male or female underwear

Sod off - "Go away!"

SSDD - The common newt

To take the mickey - to mock

Todd - a red fox

To be on your todd - to be alone ("He is on his todd" - "He is alone.")

To wank - to masturbate

Whittret - Northern English word for weasel
Sander   Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:58 pm GMT
=>"I doubt people learn English for it's efficiency "

They learn it for its efficiency and because it's a lot more useful than Dutch. <=

What do you know about learning languages Adam !?
Damian in Alba   Fri Aug 19, 2005 6:26 pm GMT
**What do you know about learning languages Adam !?**

Probably zilch! about......90% at least of us....the overall British population - if you mean to the point of absolute fluency SANDER.
Sander   Fri Aug 19, 2005 6:29 pm GMT
No DAMIAN ;-) , I ment he shouldn't talk about things he does not know anything about.He's not an English teacher and he hasn't learned English.

So Adam: STFU.
Damian in Corstorphine   Fri Aug 19, 2005 6:42 pm GMT
You spelt it wrongly ADAM: "Todd" - I've only heard of that as a surname.

"Tod" - Scottish and Northern English dialct word for a fox.

Being alone.....should be spelt "Tod" as well - as in "He's on his tod" meaning "on his own - solo". It's rhyming slang....most likely Cockney....there was once a jockey called "Tod Sloan" - Tod Sloan all alone ....on his tod...all alone. He's on his tod. Probably cream crackered - knackered. I'm feeling a but cream crackered tonight so I'm staying in. Some Friday night! :-( skint.... LOL

"Tod" also meant at one time a unit of weight for wool sheared off a sheep...equiv. to 28 pounds in those archaic Imperial measurements you still cherish! It comes from the Frisian word "todde".

"Toddy" - a whisky with hot water (not too much!!!!) and with a wee bit of sugar and lemon juice added.

Guaranteed .......
.....for a cold in duh heid.
Rick Johnson   Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:43 pm GMT

Whittre? Nimrod? I've lived in Northern England all my life and never heard of those. The only Nimrod I know is the plane!
Adam   Sun Aug 21, 2005 5:54 pm GMT
"Whittre? Nimrod? I've lived in Northern England all my life and never heard of those. "

Me neither.
Adam   Sun Aug 21, 2005 5:55 pm GMT
I got my information from a website about British slang.

Those two words must only be used in some areas of Northern England but not all over.
Sander   Sun Aug 21, 2005 5:56 pm GMT

=>Me neither<=

My god! You don't even read what you copy&paste!!!
Adam   Sun Aug 21, 2005 6:14 pm GMT
Here are some more British slang words -

Ackers - money (From the Egyptian "akka")

AC/DC - Bisexual

Afty - Afternoon

Airlocked - Northern Irish word meaning "drunk"

Aks - To ask E.g."I aksed him to move his car from the driveway." [dialect]

Alkie - Scottish slang for an alcoholic

Bab - Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire word meaning "to defecate" or "faeces"

Baked bean - Cockney Rhyming slang for "queen"

Banjax - To ruin

Karzy - toilet

Kip - Sleep

Klempt - Hungry

Kraut - A German

Mackem - A person from Sunderland

Maftin - Hot and humid

Mahatma - Cockney Rhyming slang for "shandy" (Mahatma Ghandi) Shandy is a drink made from beer and lemonade

Mahusive - Immense, great, big

Marra - Friend

Moonraker - A person from Middleton in Manchester

Muso - Musician

Roister doister - A cheery and boisterous person

Rozzer - A policeman/woman

Wang - To throw

Wee - Small, little/To urinate

Whirlies - Dizziness induced by excessive intoxication

Wooden hills - Stairs ("I'm going up the wooden hills to Bedforshire" means "I'm going to bed")

Yacksy - Disgusting, vile

Yam/Yem - Home (in Cumbria and North East England)

Yam yam - A person from the Black Country area of England

Yonks - A long time

Zapper - A TV remote control unit

Zilch - Nothing, zero

Z's - Sleep/a nap