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British Idioms: You’ll be chuffed to bits!

Posted on: July 13, 2011

God Bless the Queen! She really is the dog’s bollocks!

Ok so, maybe you wouldn’t use that particular idiom there. But you catch my drift. Us Brits have a wonderful array of little sayings that we use to often we don’t realize we are doing it. I guess that can get a little confusing, so here is my collaboration of all the best bits from British English and it’s idioms. It would be cool if you could leave a comment letting me know if any of them are used in your part of the world!

Bloody hell! That one’s mad as a hatter! Seriously! That man is completely mad!
Up the duff / Preggers Pregnant
Keep your hair on! Calm down!
Gordon Bennet! No way!
Poor Maggy popper her cloggs then? Poor Margaret died.
Those Americans could talk the hind legs off a donkey Americans talk too much.
And Bob’s your uncle! Say this at the end of instructions to say ‘et voila!’ or, ‘success!’ *
Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You have to try things
Out of the frying pan into the fire. Straight from one problem to another
Every cloud has a silver lining. To every problem there is a bright side, a good thing.
My favourite:
As queer as a nine bob note. Extraordinarily strange/weird


*Put the teabag in the cup, pour the water on, stir, add milk and Bob’s your uncle!

So there you have it!
A nice cheerful blog post, for a change.
I hope you get to use these little finds, they are great, are they not?
Thanks for reading, as always.




2 Responses to "British Idioms: You’ll be chuffed to bits!"

Do you have any Cockney slang? Used to date a guy from Essex and loved the slang. But can’t remember a lick of it. Oh and my Mom was born in England, so I guess I’m half British. Long Live the Monarchy.

I do have some Cockney rhyming slang 🙂
Apples & Pears = Stairs
Adam & Eve it = Believe it
Pony & Trap = Crap
Ruby Murray = Curry
Butcher’s Hook = Look
Trouble & Strife = The wife!
There you go 🙂
And thanks for the comment (Y)

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