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Top British Slang Terms for an England Cruise

November 26, 2013 - 5:18pm
During a Europe tour that traverses England, seniors will come across varied dialects and unfamiliar colloquialisms.

Of all of the diverse cultures that one may experience on a Europe tour, England's is perhaps the easiest to adapt to. Americans are already accustomed to many of the mother country's traditions, foods and customs, and the national language of both locales is English. However, seniors may find that, from London through Southampton, they come across different dialects and lingo. To prepare for a trip to England - and save yourself from some embarrassing moments - become familiar with the common slang terms.

Greetings and Other Niceties
When meeting new people during a senior travel tour, visitors will notice that the British say hello, goodbye and other similar phrases differently. These are among the most common niceties:

  • Best of British: Good luck (it's short for "best of British luck")
  • Cheerio: Goodbye (residents of northern regions may pronounce it "tara")
  • Cheers: Goodbye or thank you, as well as a common word used when toasting in a pub
  • Excuse me: An apology for belching in public - not for other minor social violations as is common in America
  • Hiya: Hello
  • Mate: Friend or pal
  • Pardon me: An apology for passing gas in public - different than the its American usage for general social mishaps
  • Smashing: Excellent or terrific

Common Exclamations
There are many British terms that are not commonly used in the United States. Senior travel club members may benefit from knowing these words and phrases:

  • Blast or blimey: Words uttered when one is surprised
  • Blow me: What people says when they are so surprised they could be knocked over by a light wind
  • Chivvy along: Hurry up
  • Cracking: Term meaning the best or, when directed at a woman, beautiful
  • Potty: Crazy
  • Quite: When used on its own, a term meaning absolutely
  • Scrummy: Delicious or scrumptious
  • Sod: One says "sod it" when something has gone wrong, while "sod off" means get lost
  • Taking the biscuit: Being the best of something (similar to "the cream of the crop")

Other Helpful Terms
Along with basic greetings and exclamations, seniors on affordable travel tours may hear these everyday colloquialisms during their stay:

  • Dear: Expensive
  • Fancy: To desire something (typically a food or a person)
  • Fortnight: The span of two weeks (it's short for "fourteen nights")
  • Gutted: To be terribly upset
  • Jolly: Very - for instance, "jolly good" means "very good"
  • Knock up: To wake someone up, not impregnate a person as the term is used in America
  • Nosh: Food or a meal
  • Rubbish: Garbage or trash
  • Taking the piss: To tease someone
  • Waffle: To ramble on or talk too much without saying anything important
  • Zed: The last letter of the alphabet, equivalent to "zee" in American English

While this is just a small selection of the slang terms one might hear on the tour, an understanding the language differences can help visitors better communicate and make the most of their England cruise.