British Slang, You either love it or you’re a tosser

British Slang, You either love it or you're a tosser

Ah British slang. A type of language that has confused and continues to confuse people all over the world. Let’s see if you, the reader, can decipher this British slang sentence. Friend one: Blimey that clock over there is turning anti-clockwise, that’s a bit dodgy in it? Friend two: Don’t worry chap i got it sorted and it’s bespoke. Friend one: Well Bob’s your Uncle! The first time I heard anything remotely close to this conversation i thought “what the hell are they talking about?” After watching quite a bit of British television i finally have some idea. Alright, now to decipher this. Blimey means oh my god and anti-clockwise is the British way of saying counter- clockwise. Dodgy basically means suspicious and in it is a shortened version of is it not. Sorted means arranged and bespoke means custom made. Bob’s your uncle means there you go. So the translated version of this is… Friend one: Oh my god, that clock is turning counter clockwise, that’s kind of suspicious is it not? Friend two: Don’t worry man, i got it arranged that way and its custom made. Friend one: Oh, well there you go. I actually have a friend who was born in England and when he came to Canada he used words like dodgy, rubbish and tosser, just to name a few. I remember one lunch at school during grade 9. He said “Don’t be a tosser, that nosh is cold!” I basically stopped all movement and looked at him puzzled. He explained that tosser is the equivalent of idiot and nosh means food. My friend lost most of his British slang, but every now and then little aspects of it will arise in conversation. He still calls french fries chips and has told me that i am sometimes the dogs dinner, meaning dressed nice or fashionably.

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