Unlike ordering water in Texas with an English accent, which is definitely not a doddle! When visiting Miami I was advised by some English chums that certain areas were a bit dodgy and should be avoided!
Dodgy - If someone or something is a bit dodgy, it is not to be trusted. Dog's bollocks - You would say that something really fantastic was the dog's bollocks. Dog's dinner - If you make a real mess of something it might be described as a real dog's dinner.
Sometimes we would get caught and some old bloke would come out and shout "oi clear off you lot". Cobblers - I have heard people say "what a load of cobblers" more than once. Derived from the cockney rhyming slang where Cobblers Awls = Balls! These are basically rhyming words like "butchers hook" which means "look".
If you are in London and you hear someone talk about a Septic they are probably talking about you - because it's short for "Septic tank" which equals "yank", which is our word for an American. Codswallop - Another one I heard a lot as a kid - usually when I was making up excuses for how the window got broken or why my dinner was found behind the sofa.
Dodgy food should be thrown away at home, or sent back in a restaurant. Comes from the fact that a dog's bollocks are so fantastic that he can't stop licking them! A bit like some joint Anglo-American approaches to Eastern Europe for example! Either way it was horrendously embarrassing, especially as half the people on the tube had heard me!
Donkey's years - Someone said to me the other day that they hadn't seen me for donkey's years. Drop a clanger - When I asked a large lady on the tube if she would like my seat since she was so obviously pregnant, she took the seat then told me she was fat, not pregnant! 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.
It will sometimes be lengthened to "cor blimey" or "cor love a duck", depending on where you are.
Bespoke - We say something is bespoke if it has been created especially for someone, in the same way that you say custom. Hence the reason Wendy's Hamburgers has never really taken off in England - who would buy "biggie fries"? For instance you might say that kids would bite your arm off for an ice cream on a sunny day. You may also hear someone shout "blast it", or even "bugger and blast"! It is added to the end of sentences a bit likeand that's it! Applies to building, DIY, programming and most other things. Technically speaking it meanstesticles but is typically used to describe something that is no good (that's bollocks) or that someone is talking rubbish (he's talking bollocks). Or you could say an event went down like a bomb and it would mean that the people really enjoyed it. Bottle - Something you have after twenty pints of lager and a curry. My father was always shouting "bugger" when he was working in the garage or garden. It might also be someone who is down and out, like a tramp.Crap - The same word in both countries - but less rude here. For example, if we get really bad service in a restaurant (oh, you noticed!I loved watching Brits being interviewed on US chat shows and embarrassing the interviewer when they said something was "total crap". ) then we might ask the waiter if it is a DIY restaurant - just to wind them up. You would go to a do if you were going to a party in the UK.It simply means counter-clockwise but must sound really strange to you chaps! Arse about face - This means you are doing something back to front. Usually in the advanced stages of drunken stupor, someone would be considered "completely arseholed". As well - You chaps say also when we would say "too" or "as well".Arse over elbow - This is another way of saying head over heels but is a little more descriptive. For instance if my friend ordered a Miller Lite, I would say "I'll have one as well".Barmy - If someone tells you that you're barmy they mean you have gone mad or crazy.