Thursday, March 08, 2007

Britishisms I'm Now Comfortable Using

Arse. Not to refer to one's rump, but rather the usage "can't be arsed with," which means roughly, "I don't want to mess around with."

Common usage: "I can't be arsed with an office job. I like working at home."

Brilliant. Neither super smart nor bright and sparkly, this usage means, roughly, "excellent," like the guys in those Guinness ads.

Lovely. Roughly the same as "brilliant," above.

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Anonymous pseudonymous in nc said...

Once you're comfortable with the sarcastic 'oh, lovely', meaning 'I really couldn't give a toss', you'll have arrived.

4:24 PM  

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