Words, Terms and Slang learned from British Television

Words, Terms and Slang learned from British Television

The United States and Great Britain are two countries

separated by a common language.

This famous quote, commonly attributed to George Bernard Shaw, highlights the differences between two countries where the language is the same (or similar!) to your language. It could also apply to Australia or Canada.

I admit to being a devotee of British dramas, mysteries, and comedies, and occasionally I come across a term that I don’t understand, and have to look it up. Favorites tv shows are Downton Abbey, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, and Agatha Christie Mysteries. Then there’s Miss Fisher Mysteries, an Australian production. Here are some of the terms/words/phrases I’ve run across. Any that you’ve heard and been perplexed by?

Jumped up (adjective) – denoting someone who considers themselves to be more important than they really are, or who has suddenly and undeservedly risen in status: “she’s not really a journalist, more a jumped-up PR woman.” Heard on more than one program, but especially on Downton Abbey, when Violet’s maid calls Dr. Clarkson a “Jumped up old sawbones.”  I love this one, and will attempt to include it in my own vocabulary.

All Sir Garnet – Said by Thomas Barrow on Downton Abbey (suspected things were not “All Sir Garnet”). This is a one-time British army slang term meaning that all is in order or everything’s OK. It’s a memorial to one of the most famous soldiers of the latter nineteenth century, Sir Garnet Wolseley, later Viscount Wolseley.

Cheeky – Playfully impertinent. “Did you just whistle at that old lady? You cheeky monkey.”  Mrs. Patmore calls a local merchant a “cheeky devil” for flirting with her.

erysipelas – Erysipelas is an infection of the upper layers of the skin (superficial). Erysipelas results in a fiery red rash with raised edges that can easily be distinguished from the skin around it. Mentioned on Downton Abbey, when Isobel Crawley mistakenly diagnoses Mr. Moseley’s rash as erysipelas, when it really is a rash caused by an allergy to rue.

King Canute (Cnut, Knud) – King of Denmark, England and Norway, together often referred to as the Anglo-Scandinavian or North Sea Empire. After his death, the deaths of his heirs within a decade, and the Norman conquest of England in 1066, his legacy was largely lost to history. The medieval historian Norman Cantor has stated that he was “the most effective king in Anglo-Saxon history”, although Cnut himself was Danish, not British or Anglo-Saxon. Cnut’s name is popularly invoked in the context of the legendary story of King Canute and the waves, but usually misrepresenting Cnut as a deluded monarch believing he had supernatural powers, when the original story in fact relates the opposite and portrays a wise king. Mentioned by the dowager Countess Violet Crawley on Downton Abbey.

Agony Aunt –  The writer of an advice column, like Dear Abby. In Downton Abbey, Violet’s butler (Septimus Spratt) writes the Agony Aunt column in Lady Edith Crawley’s ladies’ magazine.

Blue crested hoopoe – The rare bird that the bird watchers argue about in an episode of Midsomer Murders is a Blue Crested Hoopoe – which doesn’t exist. A Hoopoe does, which is a colorful bird found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive “crown” of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae.

Casu marzu – Also seen on Midsomer Murders. Literally translating into English as “rotten/putrid cheese”, is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese, notable for containing live insect larvae (maggots). Although found in the island of Sardinia, a variety of this cheese is also found in the nearby Corsica, where it goes by the name of casgiu merzu.

Parvenu – a person from usually a low social position who has recently or suddenly become wealthy, powerful, or successful but who is not accepted by other wealthy, powerful, and successful people. The word is borrowed from the French; it is the past participle of the verb parvenir (to reach, to arrive, to manage to do something).

Don’t tell the world about it – Heard more than once, but Lady Flintshire says it when her husband mentions aloud that their days of personal servants are over because of their reduced circumstances.

Blighty – a wound suffered by a soldier in World War I that was sufficiently serious to merit being shipped home to Britain: “he had copped a Blighty and was on his way home”. Mentioned by Lady Cora Grantham’s maid, speaking about Thomas Barrow’s war injury.

Mumsy – drab or dowdy; unfashionable.

h’aporth -As in “you daft h’aporth”. Half penny worth. A silly or foolish person.

Other widely used words and terms:

Toff – Upper Class Person

Punter – customer or user of services (more specifically, of businesses which “rip off” the customer). Occasionally refers to a speculator, bettor, or gambler, or a customer of a prostitute.

Bob’s Your Uncle – There you go!

Bits ‘n Bobs – Various things

Her Majesty’s Pleasure – To be in prison

Knackered – phrase meaning “extremely tired,” often uttered after a long, exhausting day; also see: “zonked.”

Slap And Tickle – making out, heavy petting or [!]

Starkers – completely naked.

Tickety-Boo – phrase for when everything’s going great.

Gutted – a British slang term that is one of the saddest on the lists in terms of pure contextual emotion. To be ‘gutted’ about a situation means to be devastated and saddened. For example, ‘His girlfriend broke up with him. He’s absolutely gutted.’

Gobsmacked – a truly British expression meaning to be shocked and surprised beyond belief. The expression is believed by some to come literally from ‘gob’ (a British expression for mouth), and the look of shock that comes from someone hitting it.

Taking The Piss – Given the British tendency to mock and satirize anything and everything possible, ‘taking the piss’ is in fact one of the most popular and widely-used British slang terms. To ‘take the piss’ means to mock something, parody something, or generally be sarcastic and derisive towards something.

Dodgy – In British slang terms, ‘dodgy’ refers to something wrong, illegal, or just plain ‘off’, in one way or another.

Scrummy– One of the more delightful British slang terms in this list, ‘scrummy’ is used as a wonderfully effusive term for when something is truly delicious and mouth-wateringly good (Heard on The Great British Baking Show.)

Kerfuffle – A rather delightful and slightly archaic word is ‘kerfuffle’. ‘Kerfuffle’ describes a skirmish or a fight or an argument caused by differing views.

Tosh – A nifty little British term that means ‘rubbish’ or ‘crap’.

Wanker – Possibly the best British insult on the list, it fits a certain niche for a single-worded insult to lobbied out in a moment of frustration, anger, provocation, or, of course, as a jest amongst friends. ‘Wanker’ fits the closest fit by ‘jerk’ or ‘asshole’, but to a slightly higher value.

Brilliant – not a word exclusively in the British lexicon, but has a very British usage. Specifically, when something is exciting or wonderful, particularly when something is good news, ‘brilliant’ can mean as such.

Barmy – Crazy, insane.

Chin-wag – A chat or brief conversation.

Collywobbles – Nervousness; butterflies in the stomach.

Peckish – Slightly hungry.

Tosser – A contemptible idiot.

Twee – Overly dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint. “Her bunny-themed tea set is so utterly twee.”

Blimey – (informal) an exclamation of surprise. (Originally gor blimey, a euphemism for God blind me, but has generally lost this connotation.)

Bubble and Squeak – dish of cooked cabbage fried with cooked potatoes and other vegetables. Often made from the remains of the Sunday roast trimmings.

By-election – special election.


A New Transmission of Intellectual Froglegs Breaks Through

Comrades, the dissident messenger known as Joe Dan Gorman has surfaced again, just long enough to transmit another Tokyo Rose’ broadcast in a coded frequency only receivable by patriots with a funny bone.  This natural coded messaging ensures communists and leftists are incapable of receiving it.

The August edition comes from deep in the underground bunker of the Rebel Alliance.  Pull out those super-secret decoder rings, and enjoy the transmission before the deep state satellite interception trucks show up on your driveway…

[ Direct Rumble Link Here ] – [Website Here]


Comrade rebels, do not forget to eat this broadcast after sharing.


Caption This New Bernie Sanders Album

Caption This New Bernie Sanders Album

Stairway to Hell

Slip Sliding Away

Welcome to My Nightmare

I’m Not Your Stepping Stone…But YOU are Mine!

Like a Virgin, But Really Like a Whore

I’m a Cranky Old Yank *

Goodbye Yellow Gold Brick Road

Appetite for Destruction

Bernie and The Poor Boys

* (If you have never heard Hoagy Carmichael’s I’m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with My Honolulu Mama Singing Those Beat-O, Beat-O, Flat-on-My Seat-O, Hirohito Blues, well then…


The Darndest Thing Happened on the Way Home From Work

The Darndest Thing Happened on the Way Home From Work

Some guy driving a Chevy Silverado near Elgin, Texas, has 2021 and 2022 encapsulated.

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Treehouse wife: “How was work?”

Treehouse hubby:  “Eh, ok.  Weird drive home though. How’s kids?”

Wife: “The usual, but Jack needs help with math tonight”…

Hubby: “Ok, I’ll be in the garage for a bit”.

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You might remember this prior ad for Chevy Silverado.

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President Trump Triggers Woke Sports Crowd Doing Tomahawk Chop With Melania at World Series – Leftist World Melting Down

President Trump Triggers Woke Sports Crowd Doing Tomahawk Chop With Melania at World Series – Leftist World Melting Down

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend Game 4 of the World Series tonight in Atlanta, Georgia, between the Braves and Houston Astros.  President Trump was joined by Herschel Walker and other dignitaries in a private suite at the ballpark to watch the game.

Our president and first lady joined in supporting the home team doing the Tomahawk chop and the woke crowd is going bananas across all social media.  Everyone looks like they are having a great time and the political left cannot stand it.  Too funny.  The woke crowd are having spontaneous ‘splodey heads.  WATCH:

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(New York Post) – Former President Donald Trump did the tomahawk chop with Braves fans at the World Series Saturday night, months after calling for a baseball boycott amid MLB’s politically-motivated move to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta.

Trump and wife Melania watched Game 4 between Atlanta and Houston from a private suite.

The Republican was expected to be joined by political allies, including former University of Georgia Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, who Trump encouraged to move back to the state and run for US Senate on the GOP line. (read more)

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Sunday Transmission From The Rebel Alliance

Deep in the bunkers of the rebellious underground network, one man works earnestly to code the transmission message into a language that befuddles the moonbats.  The state has been attempting to take down the antenna for many years.  However, the coded-message continues to transmit and receptors in the patriotic funny-bone instinctively tune in.

Fortunately for us, the totalitarians do not have funny-bone mechanisms allowing them to enjoy life without creating suffering upon others. Without exposing too many technical secrets, it is this empirical truth that explains why the regime cannot decode the message.

Put down the sand for a minute, grab your favorite beverage and follow the link below to view the most recent message from the Rebel Alliance network.

Live your best life. Love those who deserve it. Appreciate the fight, and now get back to work.


…Whenever the possibility presents, throw sand into the machinery.


Ridicule is an Important Weapon, Keep Throwing Sand in the Machine

Ridicule is an important weapon.  The left is overreacting to sunlight because they know the machinations behind their ideological endeavors are based on fraud.  In this brilliant piece of agitprop, the White House situation room looks at the landscape:


The narrative engineers are losing ground.  Yes, they control the communication networks, but those networks are increasingly irrelevant.  The Rebel Alliance is well formed, capable and nimble to the task at hand.  Keep throwing sand in the machinery…. Their desperation is growing.

Keep living your best life and never let them wear you down.


Intellectual Froglegs – White Hats Organizing, Patriots Mobilizing, Boycotts Working, and Other Good Stuff

Cousin Joe Dan Gorman has produced another video message to the Rebel Alliance. “Freedom -vs- Liberty!”

‘We The People’ are all dissidents right now…. and smiling.


A solid reminder from Joe Dan…. Keep up the boycotts, do not relent.

We assemble upon a great digital battlefield in the fight for our republic. It is critical to reflect upon the values that form the foundation of our national assembly…. Remember, “isolation starts with a rebellion against God“, we must be conscious about the need to stay connected; first to God, then to eachother.

It might, heck, -check that- it does seem overwhelming at times.  But that is the nature of this collectivist strategy.  That is the purpose of this leftist bombardment.  We must hold strong and push back against lies and manipulations.  If you look closely at their attack, it is weak and much of it is psychological bait.  Do not fall into the trap of despair.

When we share the message “live your best life”, it is not without purpose.  Every moment that we allow the onslaught to deter us from living our dreams, is a moment those who oppose our nation view as us taking a knee.  Do not allow this effort to succeed.

It ‘seems’ chaotic and mad because it has been created to appear that way. There are more of us than them; they just control the systems that allow us to connect, share messages and recognize the scale of our assembly.

Each of us has a different connection to our community. Each of us has a different level of internal strength… such is the nature of living. However, the distance between people is manifestly not a good outcome when combined with the lack of food for the soul.

Ultimately it is the currency of human connection that is the true value in our lives.

We have each felt how our positive influence upon the lives of others nourishes our own sense of purpose and fulfillment… Do not lose that. Do not think you can compensate for that through other arbitrary measures; you cannot.

Our liberty is inherent.

Our freedom is inherent.

The removal of both requires consent.

We can choose not to disconnect.

We can choose purpose.

We can choose our own humanity.

Our nation needs more people like you, right now. Don’t wait… engage life, get optimistic however you need to do it. Then let that part of you shine right now… This is how we fight. Hold up that flag; give the starter smile… rally to the standard you create and spread fellowship again.

….God knows we need it.




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