We’re simply chuffed to bits at how popular our British Slang themed t-shirt has done so far. Many folks understand what the different phrases mean but we’ve gotten a few questions from some that don’t know them all. So, here is a handy list for everyone curious as to what they all mean.
All of these words and phrases are defined in Anglotopia’s Dictionary of British English, which has over 1,000 words and phrases.
CHUFFED TO BITS – To be thrilled by something.
KNACKERED – Tired
CHEERS! – Thank you.
BRILLIANT! – Something wonderful or outstanding (an American would say Awesome!).
TICKETY BOO – Going smoothly, doing all right.
JOLLY GOOD – An expression used to describe happiness and joy
CHEERIO – Goodbye
RIGHTO – Yes or saying someone is right.
TALLY HO! – A military term often used to mean charge! Also used in hunting.
CREAM CRACKERED – To be very tired.
LOVELY JUBBLY – Excellent. As popularised by ‘Only Fools And Horses’
GOBSMACKED – When someone is left speechless after witnessing or being told something incredible.
BOB’S YOUR UNCLE – It’s a catch phrase dating back to 1887, when, in a blatant case of favoritism, British Prime Minister Robert Cecil (a.k.a. Lord Salisbury) decided to appoint his nephew Arthur Balfour to the prestigious and sensitive post of Chief Secretary for Ireland. So “Bob’s your uncle” is another way of saying “your success is guaranteed.”
SHIP SHAPE AND BRISTOL FASHION – Everything is in order. Sorted.
GIVE YOU A BELL – Give you a call.
LOST THE PLOT – Gone mad – ceased to act rationally.
A BIT OF A KERFUFFLE – A spot of bother/trouble.
KNICKERS IN A TWIST – To get unnecessarily upset over a trivial matter.
THE BEE’S KNEES – Something that is excellent and of high quality.
KNOW YOUR ONIONS – To be knowledgable on a particular subject.
OFF TO BEDFORDSHIRE – To go to bed.
There’s still time left to get our British Slang Bus Blind t-shirt – an Anglotees Exclusive. Available in men’s, women’s, long sleeve, hoodie, v-neck and tote bag. It will make a great Christmas gift for the Anglophile in your life. Order here now before it’s too late.