30 British Phrases That Always Confuse Americans
Although Americans and Brits both speak english, there are tons of confusing British phrases, words, and slang that have unique meanings. Here are the ones you should know.
“A right bodge job”
This is one those British phrases that refers to something someone has done poorly. Make sure you memorize these phrases before going abroad!
This British slang phrase means getting drunk. In the U.S., “getting pissed” on the road is much more acceptable than it is in the U.K. This is why Europeans drive manual instead of automatic.
“I’ll give you a bell”
This means you will call someone on the phone later. It has nothing to do with an actual bell!
“Horses for courses”
This phrase essentially means different people like or are made for different things.
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This British saying is equal to calling “shotgun” or securing something for oneself.
“Having a chinwag”
Having a chat or a talk is the same as “having a chinwag”—which makes sense since our mouths move when we speak!
Brits use this phrase when something is nonsense. Here are the origins of commonly used phrases.