Posted by: Jack Henry | September 1, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Daft

The other day, someone came by my desk and mentioned the word “daft” (meaning “silly,” or “foolish”) and talked about how wonderfully descriptive some British English is compared to American English. He suggested that I do a column on some of these great British phrases, so I made a note to look into it. Well, I’m here to tell you that my research kept dragging me into the darker corners of the internet and British slang. I can’t really share those things with you, but I did find some information that I sorted through so I could at least give you something.

These definitely aren’t from the highbrow collection of British terms, but I hope they entertain you. I’ve chosen a handful of the less salty items from Matador Network.

“I’ll give you a bunch of fives”
Meaning: You’re going to get a punch in the face.

“That was a right bodge job”
Meaning: That job went wrong.

“That’s pants”
Meaning: It’s not great, not very good.

“I’m knackered”
Meaning: I’m tired, exhausted.

“Don’t get shirty with me,” “Don’t get your knickers in a twist,” “You’re getting on my goat,” “Wind your neck in”
Meaning: Someone’s getting angry or aggravated with you or you’re getting annoyed or irritated with them.

“She was talking nineteen to the dozen”
Meaning: She was talking at a speedy rate.

“It’s all gone pear-shaped”
Meaning: Something has gone wrong.

“She’s as bright as a button”
Meaning: She’s clever.

He’s as mad as box of frogs,” “He’s crackers”
Meaning: He’s mad. He’s lost it.

“Spend a penny”
Meaning: To visit the bathroom.

“She’s such a curtain twitcher” or “Stop being such a nose ointment”
Meaning: She’s a nosy neighbor, stop being so nosy.

“That’s smashing,” “Super,” “Ace,” “Pucker”
Meaning: That’s “awesome.”

“Old Blighty”
Meaning: Britain.

“Having a good old chinwag”
Meaning: Having a gossip/chat.

“She’s so gobby”
Meaning: She’s very mouthy, rude.

“Careful, he’s on the chunder bus”
Meaning: He’s going to be sick, throw up.

“That’s lush”
Meaning: That’s nice, or that tastes good.

“I’m feeling really grotty”
Meaning: Feeling under the weather, not well.

Kara Church

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