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    15 Best Britishisms

    Ben Yagoda, UDel Professor of Journalism and English, claims Britishisms in American English (like dodgy, posh, snog) are as common as Americanisms in British English. Here are a few examples from his blog; what do you think, are these expressions Americans commonly use?

    • 1. Chat up

      Chat up

      Talk to someone in a friendly, informal way; schmooze. Most often used to suggest or imply flattery, as in "butter up," and especially an attempt to flirt with or seduce the chattee

    • 2. Cheeky

      Cheeky

      Insolent or audacious in address; coolly impudent or presuming

    • 3. Daft

      Daft

      Senseless, stupid, or foolish

    • 4. Dodgy

      Dodgy

      Evasive, tricky, artful; dubious, unreliable

    • 5. Ginger

      Ginger

      Redhead

    • 6. Gobsmacked

      Gobsmacked

      Flabbergasted; speechless

    • 7. Keen

      Keen

      Eager; (with 'on') attracted to

    • 8. Laddish

      Laddish

      A young man characterized by his enjoyment of social drinking, sport, and other activities considered to be male-oriented, his engagement in casual sexual relationships, and often by attitudes or behaviour regarded as irresponsible, sexist, or boorish

    • 9. Mobile

      Mobile

      Cellular phone

    • 10. Nutter

      Nutter

      Crazy person

    • 11. Pants

      Pants

      Underpants

    • 12. Posh

      Posh

      Smart, stylish, splendid, luxurious

    • 13. Shite

      Shite

      Excrement; shit

    • 14. Snog

      Snog

      Kiss

    • 15. Wanker

      Wanker

      Asshole