“The quantity of consonants in the English language is constant. If omitted in one place, they turn up in another. When a Bostonian ‘pahks’ his ‘cah,’ the lost ‘r’s migrate southwest, causing a Texan to ‘warsh’ his car and invest in ‘erl wells.’” ~ Author Unknown
This week all is well – The midweek word prompt DEFINITIONS, written by my partner GC on our site Weekly Prompts is bang on time, and by that, I mean written in advance and scheduled! Normal service has been resumed – Alleluia!!!
Gerry made a reference to my back-up prompt PLONKER from last week, the one I had in the wings that I eventually used here. He went on to discuss another British word that’s sometimes used in North America SNOG/SNOGGING!
Continuing the lighthearted romp through definitions – In the UK the teenage expression snog means to kiss passionately, but nothing sexual. ‘They had a snog at the back of the bike shed’ Gerry also compared the American term Making Out to Snogging, but I’m unsure of that one, I’ve heard the phrase and again it brings to mind teenagers, but it’s not one that is used at my side of the pond, so I looked it up. I read two definitions and neither appear to define as simply kissing.
Another fun favourite word of mine is Bonkers, and let’s not make a Gaffe and confuse with the word with Bonking.
Bonkers – If I said you were bonkers I would be saying that you were a little crazy – stark raving bonkers!
Bonk – If I had received a bonk to the head, I would have been hit on the head.
Bonking – The Urban dictionary gives two definitions, the first definition I’ve not heard of, but the second is used here in the UK, and as the dictionary states, is a more acceptable term than the alternative, and would be my preferred word should the unlikely need arise for me to use the phrase ‘They were bonking in the back of his car!’
Chuffed – Feeling pleased or happy about something. A favourite that I use a lot.
Banger – A slang term for sausage. Banger also means Old Car, he drives an old banger.
Trousers – You wear these over your legs. In the UK, pants are what you wear under your trousers (your knickers or underwear!).
Trollied – He’s trollied – a person has had too much to drink, he is drunk.
Narked – I feel really narked about that – Feeling cross and annoyed about something.
Fluke – It’s a fluke, something that happened by chance.
Butty – A word originating from the Northern Lancashire area (though it is spreading 😂), it means sandwich.
Butt – This is a container for collecting rainwater, a water butt. It is not someone’s rear end!
Bum – ‘Does my bum look big in this’ We also use the word bottom and the not so polite Arse, we do not say Ass because that would be a donkey!
Ass – It could also be said that a person was making an ass of himself – acting like an idiot!
Mug – A cup for your drink, it can also refer to someone who is taken for granted and being made a fool of.
Quid – In British English, a quid is slang for a pound sterling £1.00 our currency. It is also known as dosh, bread and cash.
Did you know that before being exported to America, many of our British programs/films are partially re-made so that North American audiences can understand British English? The favour is not reciprocated so when exports from the other side of the pond land here we are expected to put up with what we hear, words, phrases, accents and all!
BRIT – And while we are on the subject of words – why is it so difficult to complete this word and put the ish on the end of it. I am English first and BRITISH second and I refuse to become the shortened BRIT!
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word Prompt Definitions from Weekly Prompts and Gaffe from Fandango.
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