Found this great post today on Lifehack.org and wanted to share! You KNOW sounding British is cool!!
The text and title in Italics are copied from the article for your information.
“30 Awesome British Slang Terms You Should Start Using Immediately
Chris outlines 30 great words or phrases, and I will just three of my favorites! Please visit the original post if your are interested in learning more!5. Gobsmacked
‘Gobsmacked’ – a truly British expression meaning to be shocked and surprised beyond belief. The expression is believed by some to come literally from ‘gob’ (a British expression for mouth), and the look of shock that comes from someone hitting it.
For example. ‘I was gobsmacked when she told me she was pregnant with triplets.’
- Gobsmacked is one of those words that seems very outdated and contrived at first to the American ear. It was fun to see it here on the list. It sure brings up the right image for the meaning!!
Another rather delightful and slightly archaic words in this list of British slang terms is ‘kerfuffle’. ‘Kerfuffle’ describes a skirmish or a fight or an argument caused by differing views.
For example, ‘I had a right kerfuffle with my girlfriend this morning over politics.’
This term immediately makes me think of the hilarious show “Little Britain”. I highly recommend that show.
You can watch the episodes for free on hulu — http://www.hulu.com/little-britain
Here is a link with some quotes from the program.
‘Mate’ – one of the commonly used terms of endearment and affection in British slang terms. Used when you are talking to a close friend, and is often easily substituted for the American ‘buddy’, ‘pal’, or ‘dude’.
For example, ‘Alright, mate?’
I love the way online friends from Great Britain and Australia call their friends “mate”. It feels very nice to be a friend like that!
Try adding one or two of the 30 phrases in the original article in your verbal or written conversation in the next week and see how it feels!
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