I’ll Have What the Queen’s Having: A British Slang Quiz

We may share a language, but that doesn’t mean we understand British lingo: Here’s a smattering of British delicacies and their American-English definitions.

Adapted by Perri O. Blumberg from an article in Reader's Digest Asia | January 2010
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    The Queen asks you...

    Would you care for a plate of Bubble and Squeak?

    A. mashed potatoes and gravy

    B. fried leftover potatoes and cabbage

    C. chewing gum

    The royal tongue reveals...

    Bubble and Squeak is:

    B. fried leftover potatoes and cabbage

    The Queen asks you...

    Can I get you a Digestive?

    A. a semisweet cookie

    B. a breakfast cereal

    C. a prune

    The royal tongue reveals...

    A Digestive is:

    A. a semisweet cookie

    The Queen asks you...

    Sit down, dear, and I'll fix you some Bangers and Mash.

    A. sausage and mashed potatoes

    B. burger and fries

    C. a British Invasion band popular during the mid-60s

    The royal tongue reveals...

    Bangers and Mash are:

    A. sausage and mashed potatoes

    The Queen asks you...

    You've been so good today. Would you like a Fairy Cake?

    A. angel food cake

    B. a cake traditionally eaten on a girl's 5th birthday

    C. a cupcake

    The royal tongue reveals...

    A Fairy Cake is:

    C. a cupcake

    The Queen asks you...

    Who'd like some more Toad-in-the-Hole?

    A. an egg fried into a hole in toast

    B. sausage in Yorkshire pudding

    C. hide-and-seek

    The royal tongue reveals...

    A Toad-in-the-Hole is:

    B. sausage in Yorkshire pudding

    The Queen asks you...

    Could you be a love and pass me a Kipper?

    A. smoked herring

    B. a carbonated beverage

    C. dog food

    The royal tongue reveals...

    A Kipper is:

    A. smoked herring

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