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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?

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  • 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

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