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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