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Brits and Americans dress the same, eat at the same chain restaurants, pass music back and forth across the Atlantic, and our national leaders are practically conjoined twins. But the second the Brits open their mouths, all bets are off. So don’t dream of visiting the UK, dating a Brit, or truly understanding what Jude Law is saying without this handy, hilarious, and inforBrits and Americans dress the same, eat at the same chain restaurants, pass music back and forth across the Atlantic, and our national leaders are practically conjoined twins. But the second the Brits open their mouths, all bets are off. So don’t dream of visiting the UK, dating a Brit, or truly understanding what Jude Law is saying without this handy, hilarious, and informative guide to Britspeak. With the cheekiness of Austin Powers and the tidbit quotient of Schott’s Miscellany, screenwriter Jonathan Bernstein’s collection of Cockney rhyming slang, insults culled from British television shows of yore, and regional and “high British” favorites provides hours of educational, enlightening, even life saving hilarity. And if it doesn’t accomplish that, at least you’ll be aware that when a British citizen describes you as a “wally,” a “herbert,” a “spanner,” or a “bampot,” he’s not showering you with compliments. Knickers in a Twist is as indispensable as a London city guide, as spot-on funny as an episode of The Office, and as edifying as Born to Kvetch and Eats, Shoots and Leaves....

Title : Knickers in a Twist: A Dictionary of British Slang
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ISBN : 9781841958347
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Knickers in a Twist: A Dictionary of British Slang Reviews

  • Patricia
    2018-12-02 22:11

    I found it's very important for me to know the difference between a minger, a biffer, and a slag. I like to be accurate in my insults.

  • Whitney
    2018-12-05 21:12

    There's nothing rubbish about this British dictionary. It's right as ninepence! If you're in the mood to muck around, or if you need to find the right dicky bird, here's your source. Or it's something you can take a gander at if you get the collywobbles or the screaming abdabs and need some time to yourself. Have a deco at these toilet words!--lav, bog, khazi, loo, gypsy's kiss, cottage . . . But obviously these are not polite. Only a pillock or a plonker would string them all together like that.Bully for you if any of this makes sense; I'm going like the clappers for my own amusement--talking out of my arse--not sure when I'm going to give over. Maybe half a mo. Doubtless I've made a total bollocks of it.

  • Joy
    2018-12-15 23:32

    Some favorites so far - Bobs your uncle, Blot one's copybook, Shipshape and Bristol fashionThis is a really fun little book full of British slang. I consider myself to be quite the Anglophile so this book is right up my alley!More favorites -Bloody Nora, Close your eyes and think of England, Slog your guts out,Silly buggers, Sod's law, Bubble and squeak, Trainspotter, Twit, Toffee nosed, Upper-class twit, and Silly season.If you don't know what some of those mean, you'll just have to get the book! I highly recommend it for you Anglophiles out there...;-)

  • Mfly
    2018-11-20 19:21

    Fun...and I feel I understand Ricky Gervais better now.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-12 17:27

    I was chuffed to bits to receive this book as a gift.

  • Helen
    2018-11-21 23:24

    I bought this primarily for writing purposes (along with other books), trying to capture some more of the British culture. The more I watch and read the more I wonder if the shared language causes more confusion than it helps. This book did provide a couple of discrete gems, but more then anything helped me think of a tempo, a rhythm, and maybe see a few patterns in the phrases and idioms.I would also say though that I wasn't sure if some of the further explanations were serious or not. Some seemed like obvious plays on the word just presented while others I was simply confused. As someone who is looking to discover new phrases would have liked to see perhaps the translation first, before the word? To help with look-up.Big huge caveat... I have no idea how accurate or not this material is. I am still researching and learning.

  • JB Beakers
    2018-12-09 22:24

    Funny! It would be to an American, though. I love how it is organized into parts...as in insults, food, body language, etc. I was most impressed that it contains a small section on Polari, which I ran across on GOOGLE shortly before I received the book. Glad I own it.

  • Raven
    2018-12-09 17:08

    After reading this I might be able to get through the first 10 pages of a Clockwork Orange and have some sort of an idea what the hell is going on.Favorite Quote:“Chance would be a fine thing”Perfect distillation of British pessimism and the enthusiasm at crushing the dreams of others”.

  • Robert Kiehn
    2018-11-20 23:08

    Great little book on British, Scottish, Irish and general phrases and slang from the UK!

  • Emily
    2018-12-01 23:13

    Very very funny and clever.

  • mundiemom5
    2018-11-24 21:30

    This is a funny and essential reading for the aspiring author who wants to create British characters and the author isn't British.

  • Kristen
    2018-11-27 18:30

    My brother gave this to me for my birthday. Now I can speak to British people! I wish I had known about the chapter on Scottish slang before I went to Scotland.

  • Matthew Kozak
    2018-12-13 01:08

    An enlightening and educational read ... even for a soddy div as meself. Ta :)

  • Heidi
    2018-11-30 19:19

    It was a bit vulgar for my taste. I was hoping for fun little quips to add to my vocab, but only found a handful of worth while phrases.