The Official "Learn Some British-Speak Here" Thread

iGary

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OK, I know what a "bloak" is, and I know what "kip" and a "quid" is/are...

What is a "stupid little herbert?"

What is a "nick?"

Any others? Ask here.
 

edesignuk

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iGary said:
OK, I know what a "bloak" is, and I know what "kip" and a "quid" is/are...
It's "bloke" ;)
What is a "stupid little herbert?"
er...well, same as stupid little idiot really, just a little less harsh maybe.
What is a "nick?"
Not quite sure what you mean here, you might "nick" something from a shop if you were a thief. So it's the same as steal.

 

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that'll be "Bloke"


In "Nick" is doing time at Her Majesty's pleasure? ...you would way this up as a risk if you were out on the nick or going to nick something.

Is that what you meant.

"you're nicked sunshine!" is wot the roz would say if they caught you with a bag full.

:)
 

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edesignuk said:
It's "bloke" ;)
er...well, same as stupid little idiot really, just a little less harsh maybe.
Not quite sure what you mean here, you might "nick" something from a shop if you were a thief. So it's the same as steal.

Damn, I knew I was spelling it wrong.

Check Applespider's sig for the "nick" usage.

What is a cobbler? We eat it for dessert here.
 

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sjpetry said:
I love gooey spotted dick. :p
LOL - I used to work with a guy (actually a very famous English yachtsman) who introduced me to spotted dick and pickled onions. Pickled onions I liked (and still make at home to this day), spotted dick you can keep, along with beans for freaking breakfast.
 

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Daveway said:
What is:

Cackheaded
tart
bap
bobby
bobs your uncle
prat
Bap is bread, I believe.

I used to get a tuna mayonaise on a bap every day for lunch when I worked in Wymondham.
 

edesignuk

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Daveway said:
What is:

Cackheaded
tart
bap
bobby
bobs your uncle
prat
ok...

Cackheaded - no idea :eek:
tart - ha, I like dictionary.com's definition of this :D
tr.v. Chiefly British tart·ed, tart·ing, tarts
To dress up or make fancy in a tawdry, garish way. Often used with up.
bap - A type of roll/bread
bobby - Police
bobs your uncle - You might use it like this: "Repair permissions, and bobs your uncle, it'll be fixed"
prat - idiot, moron, etc
 

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Daveway said:
What is:

Cackheaded
tart
bap
bobby
bobs your uncle
prat
cackhanded - someone a bit clumsy
tart is a tom, or a prostitute. Or a small round cake with a pastry base and filled with jam mmmm
bap: yes it's a roll but more usual is a pair of them, on the front of a woman :p
bobby = policeman, from Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the modern police force
bob's your uncle - something that has gone right without you doing very much about it , or QED
Do you know this one - brass monkeys?
 

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edesignuk said:
www.chavscum.co.uk ;)
Oh, so just some stupid rotten punk kid? :p

edesignuk said:
bobs your uncle - You might use it like this: "Repair permissions, and bobs your uncle, it'll be fixed"
Kinda like Yadadada I presume...;)
 

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Nickygoat said:
What's wrong with beans for breakfast?
NASTY! :p

I got off a 12-hour flight to London one time and the guy who picked me up took me to whatever Wal Mart is called over there and plopped a plate of beans, cooked tomatoes and Crisco-fried eggs in front of me.

I didn't process food normally for three days. :mad:
 

Lacero

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In Australia, floppies are called stiffys. I don't know where I am going with this.
 

ham_man

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Hehe...this is starting to remind me of the British Speak dictionary in The Office DVD case...:p
 

Peterkro

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Cack,OE and OIrish for ****.Hence cackhanded,lefthanded,another example of Joe Bloggs being freaked out by anything different(see sinister etc).Cackheaded becomes obvious.
Whoops forgot censor maybe feaces will do,I use this word so seldom I don't know if thats the spelling.
 

dotdotdot

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Are there special "British Curse Words?"

Like, f*** would be translated to ______?

In the words of Jon Stewart, "Can You Spot The Difference? The Difference Is: British People Have Accents"
 

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Chav [m]; chavette [f]

ham_man said:
Oh, so just some stupid rotten punk kid? :p
The Chav is a relatively recent Bristish phenomenon which has been brewing for many years. I think everyone has their own definition, but for me a chav would possess the following enviable qualities:

1) An inability to speak properly
2) A distinctive, almost tribal dress code - typically caps, white sportswear (Burberry has been a brand most heavily associated with the chav, but I think the little sparks might have caught on and are moving away from the label)
3) A general air of disrespect for non-chavs (e.g. some punks that decided to walk across the tennis court the other day in the middle of my game)
4) A love for cars adorned with tacky accessories to impress the gals n' boys (oh yes, there are "chavettes" too), preferably playing gangsta rap
5) They're basically teenagers, but the upper and lower age limits are spreading!

Get the idea? Whether it has spread to othe countries I dunno, but I reckon everywhere has a scene like this. Personally I think it's funny, especially as they seem to be totally oblivious to their image!

And before any sarky comments come out, yes even Oxford has chavs.
 

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brap said:
They're not baps, or rolls, they're COBS GODDAMNIT!
They may well be to Kentishman or is it Man of Kent,don't know too much of where the dividing line is,but up here in the smoke baps are a slightly old fashioned slang term for breasts.By the way dictionary.com says it was a language used on IBM 701 computers,go figure.