The 12 British Phrases That Have Taken Over My Brain

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Last Updated on: 21st September 2021, 11:20 pm

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Ale & Pie…would that be a beer and a pot pie, sir?

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Oh, the fun that is spotting the differences between British and American English!

It’s my last night in London, and after an awesome eight days it seems that quite a few British English phrases have crept into my vocabulary.  So embarrassing! Try as hard as I can, these keep popping out of my mouth:

Pop In – when I want so say stop in, drop in, drop by, or a quick trip

Get It Sorted – when I mean figure it out

Meant To – no, in America it’s supposed to, should, or will

A Starter and A Main – Ugh, I mean an entree and appetizer

Queue – in line

University – as in when “I was in university,” when I mean in college which I did at a university

Flat – Nope, I meant I rented an AirBnB apartment

Mobile – So British, or so American Nineties.  I mean cell phone

Petrol Station – For when I need to pop into the gas station, err I mean go to the gas station

Can I Get the Bill? Check please! 

Whilst – No it’s while

Car Park – no silly, I should have said meet you in the parking lot

In addition to picking up these phrases that I immediately need to drop next week in Philly, I ran into some confusion when I thought I rented an apartment on the fourth floor (meaning 3 flights of stairs) but forgetting that in the UK the ground floor is not the first floor.  Yay for lugging a suitcase to what in the US is a fifth-floor walk up!

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Also much fun was had by all when I was trying to explain the ingredients of a cheese steak.  My friend looked at me as just shook her head and said, cheese whiz would mean something different here.

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