Let’s begin with my favorite photo of Queenie, whose accent inspires us all. Via rebloggy.
Reading up on the election results this week, I looked around the lunchroom where I perched and realized there wasn’t a single American around to celebrate and/or lament any of the issues with me. Not one!
That’s the fun of Hong Kong. There are a zillion expats, yes, but many of them are from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, India, and Canada. Many of them do not give two shakes about whether Republicans just took back the Senate, one way or the other, and it’s kind of refreshing. You know what else is refreshing? Their accents. And also, their lingo, which I am putting to good use every day.
That’s total crap. Also, the word the toddler in our house uses for the trash can. Such a cosmopolitan child.
As in “good grief”– but who has time for the good part?
Good on ya.
Good for you! Well done! General praise and affirmation!
That’s good luck.
Anything that happens, ever. I think the British empire is a little confused about what luck actually is.
Garter belts. Yes, my poor husband sent his female colleague an email asking if we could borrow some racy lingerie for my Halloween costume. Except we were NOT looking for racy lingerie, we were looking for what the Brits call “braces.”
Plait your hair.
This is the Downtown Abbey way to say braid. Does it make me want to look like Elsa? Of course it does.
Again, who has time to say the whole thing? I can’t be bothered with those three extra syllables. I also feel this pronunciation makes higher education sound a lot easier than it’s supposed to be when you’re in the thick of it. Like, oh hey, I totes just studied at Cambridge and ran a marathon in the same afternoon. I’m casual and cool about everything, including uni.
I’ve heard all of these before (except the suspenders one, that was new), but it’s fun to hear these in daily life and try to keep a straight face. Because I am always ALWAYS tempted to stop the conversation and point out how quaint and cute people sound. You British colonialists, you’re so darn CUTE.
I want to build a little catalog of fun phrases from English speakers around the world. Any favorites to add? I’m all ears, blokes.