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:
- no backpacks
- no walking sticks
- no high altitudes
- 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.
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?
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!