Brit-Isms Tuesday, Feb 23 2010 

Since we were there for 3 months, my American friends and I compiled a list of terms we heard often from our British mates.  Here are some of the highlights.

Courtney Suggested These:

Cheers = Thank You
It’s 1/2 twelve = 12:30
Alighting = getting off a train, bus, etc.
brew = tea
Gone off = spoiled
5 pound fifty is common way to say a price, bonus that there is no sales tax
That’s well good!
For f—‘s sake
He’s proper mental! = a complete insult since it is worse than calling someone crazy
porridge = oatmeal
Fit = cute

Lauren Offered These:

-insults: knobbhead, wanker, twat
-well nice: “that sunset was well pretty”
-fancy: “do you fancy him?”
-proper: “that was a proper mountain we hiked today!”
-can’t be bothered: do not have the energy to undertake the task
-i’m not bothered: “we can go at 7 or 8:00, I’m not bothered”
-can’t be asked: see can’t be bothered
– he was a state: really drunk
-ace, class, brilliant, mint: to say something is good
-to kiss: to pull (“did you pull last night?”), get off with, snog
-sex: shag

My Favourites:

“Are you alright?” is frequently used as a greeting instead of the American “what’s up?”

Kelsey is a name that is never heard in England, despite BBC replaying Frasier

The girls are much girlier, they dress up for class and wear the shortest skirts and highest platform heels at night.  They also are not often seen at football matches, but do participate in sports like netball (basketball played in tennis skirts).

The lads are often jokesters but more gentlemanly on the dance floor.  They do not grab you to start grinding as soon as you walk in the club as is often the case in the US.

You end texts or emails with Xs as a term of endearment.  Often used for flirting, the more Xs you see the more the person likes you.

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London Calling Friday, Jan 29 2010 

London truly is one of the most expensive cities in the world (one way on the tube costs about 6 American dollars!) but it really is a special place.  Chock full of high end stores on Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus, luxury restaurants, and the Strand’s entertaining theaters you really can spend a pound or two in the Capital.  However, there are many free or inexpensive treats to be had.  We were able to attend a decadent high tea (complete with scones, sandwiches with the crusts cut off, and petite fours) and visit the ancient Tower of London with two-for-one coupons because we took the train in.  Free museums included the Victoria and Albert with its eclectic collection of prehistoric Eastern art up to post-modern fashion designs and the British Museum with the Rosetta Stone and European paintings.  Of course, no trip to London is complete without visiting Big Ben (actually the name of the bell, not the tower) and Westminster Abbey, an ornate royal spot filled with the memorials to past monarchs and the location of all coronations, if you cannot make it to the palaces.  The weather may not always be agreeable, but you can just pop in a shop for some new wellies and plan to visit the parks another day.  Life in London is never dull, the lights glow as you return from the pub and if you are on the Thames you may even see the London Eye lit up!

Hello world! Monday, Nov 16 2009 

This is my first blog and I apologize for its crudeness.  I am an American student studying abroad in Europe for the first time.  More specifically, I am from Binghamton University in the Northeast on exchange to Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.  I will devote this blog to describing my sometimes comical experiences while I am studying abroad.  Along with displaying a vast array of photos from my travels, this blog will include my opinions on cultural differences and blurbs on the trips I make across Europe.  I hope that you enjoy it and feel free to leave comments!

A bientot,

Kelsey

PS:  If there are any mistakes or corrections that need to be made, feel free to let me know.