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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.

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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

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The royal tongue reveals…

Bubble and Squeak is:

B. fried leftover potatoes and cabbage
Want to learn slang in the Queen’s English? These words are actually in the dictionary.

3 / 12

The Queen asks you…

Can I get you a Digestive?

A. a semisweet cookie

B. a breakfast cereal

C. a prune

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The royal tongue reveals…

A Digestive is:

A. a semisweet cookie

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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

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The royal tongue reveals…

Bangers and Mash are:

A. sausage and mashed potatoes

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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

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The royal tongue reveals…

A Fairy Cake is:


C. a cupcake

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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

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The royal tongue reveals…

A Toad-in-the-Hole is:


B. sausage in Yorkshire pudding

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The Queen asks you…

Could you be a love and pass me a Kipper?

A. smoked herring

B. a carbonated beverage

C. dog food

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The royal tongue reveals…

A Kipper is:

A. smoked herring

Originally Published in Reader's Digest