MERRIE OLDE ENGLAND

 

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Happy holidays!  My friends and I were musing on where we could go for a short jaunt out-of-town and one friend suggested London!  As the Brits say:  “Brilliant!” So we are off for five days for something a little bit different from recent travels:

  1. no backpacks
  2. no walking sticks
  3. no high altitudes
  4. no stone steps

What there are sure to be are adventures – so stay tuned.  The above photo was taken in 1986 so I am ready for updates!

Serendipitously a listing just appeared in social media about British slang – so in addition to the one used above – I am hoping to throw a few of these into my conversations:

Mate – term of endearment and affection

Knackered – as we say, “wasted.”  Officially it describes tiredness and exhaustion for any situation.  Guess what it means for the Three Travelers.

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This is actually a sneak peek at our soon-to-be private garden terrace and customized liquor cart.

Gobsmacked –  Isn’t this a candy created by Willy Wonka?

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Sorry – those are Gobstoppers .  The word Gobsmacked means utterly shocked.

Bollocks – This has multiple meanings but basically runs along the lines of expressing derision and disbelief.

Wanker –  An insult thrown at a person who has committed an affront

Kerfuffle – I often use this word  to describe a messed up situation or altercation and  was surprised to see this listed as British slang. A little additional research pulled up this etymology from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Origin of KERFUFFLE

alteration of carfuffle, from Scots car- (probably from Scottish Gaelic cearr wrong, awkward) + fuffle to become disheveled
First Known Use: 1946

I’m sure we will be discovering not only lots of new terms but also experiencing a myriad of new adventures which I promise to share with you as soon as we return.  Until then, Cheers!

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