Wherever you go in the world, you may hear typical words or phrases that are commonly used in the country. Some can be simply regional and others can be said all over in different parts of the country you go to. During my journey in England, I heard words and phrases that that aren’t usually used in the states. Some of them I already knew before going and others I had to figure out myself or ask friends what they meant. In this blog entry, you will learn some words and phrases that you might hear in certain parts of England or all over the country. English colloquialisms I find to be most interesting, I know you will find interesting as well.
- Cheers- The word “cheers” is a word that you will hear frequently all over England. We usually know and use this word after toasting someone with a drink. There are different situations the word can be used for, but one of the common meanings is “thank you”. So if you walk into store and buy something, tell the cashier “cheers”when you leave the store or a situation where someone gives you something.
- In a bit- I usually heard people in America use the phrase “see you in a bit”, which typically has the same meaning as “see you shortly”. But when I heard people in England use it, they said it whether they were going to leave and plan to come back later or if they were not going to come back later on. Simply, “in a bit” just mean “goodbye”.
- Tea- It took me a while to understand what my flat mates were meaning when they would ask “What are you having for tea?” I was confused for a while but I finally found out the meaning. “Tea” usually refers to evening meal or dinner.
- Luv-If you go to the northern regions of England and possibly other places as well, you might hear people address you as “luv”. As a female, you may hear it from both males and female. If you are a male, you just may hear it from a female. It is not addressed in a flirty kind of way, but simply just a casual way of referring to someone.
- Fancy- This word is one of my favorites. “Fancy” simply means to like or desire something.
- Mate- If someone tells you “you’re my mate” don’t be caught off guard. They are not establishing anything romantic. When someone refers to you as “mate”, it simply means friend.
- Fit- This may be a confusing one at first. When we describe someone as fit in America, it usually means that they athletically built. If someone in England describes someone as fit, they are meaning good looking or attractive.
- Loo- If someone tells you “the loo is over there”, they are referring to the restroom.
By: Maame Bassaw
Maame is a senior History major and Education Abroad Peer Ambassador at UK. She studied abroad at University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England through the exchange program.
For more information about the program that Maame completed, follow this link to the program page.