Having a chuckle (loudly) in 2009 as an American in Britain
Posted on January 1, 2009 by peacefulyorkshire
Let’s start off the New Year laughing together (ummm…if you are an American, the louder the better in my books)
A British couple have compiled this site when they moved to America (they even moved to a street called Tossa lane — really!) Have a look: http://www.effingpot.com/
And if you still don’t believe me….here is an excerpt, written by the website’s author, Dr. Effingpot.
“Cheeky – “Eee you cheeky monkey” was what my mother said to me all the time when I was a kid. Cheeky means you are flippant, have too much lip or are a bit of a smart arse! Generally you are considered to be a bit cheeky if you have an answer for everything and always have the last word. My licence plate on my MX5 (Miata in American) was CHEEKY, which most Texans thought was something to do with bottoms – wrong!!
Bang – Nothing to do with your hair – this is a rather unattractive way of describing having sex. Always gets a smile from Brits in American hair dressers when they are asked about their bangs.
Duck – In and around Leeds you will find older people might call you “duck” in the same way that they might call you “love” or “dear” in other places. Usually pronounced more like “dook”, which rhymes with “book”.
Pants – Don’t make a comment about an Englishman’s pants – they are his underwear! Same for ladies too, though knickers would be more common. We were in a pub in England one day when two attractive American girls walked in wearing quite short skirts and one loudly said to the other that she was cold and that she should have worn pants! Needless to say she instantly had the attention of every Englishman in the place, who thought there was nothing under her skirt!
Hooter – Your hooter is your nose. The clue is in the noise you make when you blow it! Some people even have one that looks like a hooter, just for effect I think. It’s also the horn on a car. Just imagine how shocked Brits must be when they go to the bar you have called Hooters and they find that the waitresses all have normal noses – disappointing!”