And I thought I spoke English

February 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm 3 comments

Nifty words I’ve learned:

Ta:  It’s sort of a brief version of Cheers, which is Hello, Goodbye, Thanks and anything else you want it to be.  You would say Ta if someone opened a door for you or let you pass on the escalator.

tramp:  a bum, like the people hanging out by the bus station.  Isn’t that cute?

rocket:  lettuce, when served with a main dish

coriander leaves:  this is what the Brits call cilantro

tom-AH-to:  do not say to-MAY-to; people will comment.

bubble and squeak:  when you take the leftover vegetables from dinner and fry them up in a pan at breakfast.  I couldn’t remember this one for awhile and was saying “giggle and squirt” which The H found amusing.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Angela  |  February 25, 2008 at 1:34 am


    English Words. English dialect, I love it all and am fascinated. Keep it coming!!!!!


  • 2. Kyle (The B)  |  March 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Have you learned any cockney rhyming slang? What sorts of comments do people make when you say tomato?

  • 3. saratoday  |  March 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    The most memorable encounter was with a spikey-haired asian kid with a distinct English accent. I asked for 2 pounds of tomatoes and he cracked up and said, “TomAYtoes?!”
    I said, “uh, yeah, tomAHtoes.”
    Him: tomAYtoes.
    Me: toMAHtoes.
    Him: “tomAYtoes. I can tell you’re American. Say football.”
    Me: Football.
    Him: No, say it how you say it. Soccuh.
    Me: Sock-UR.
    Him: Sock-UR. ha ha ha ha ha.

    Then he handed me the toMAHtoes and I went on my way..


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