On the other side of the pond, they speak a different form of English than we do over here in the US and it seems rather foreign to me. Meghan Markle the newest member of the British royalty is probably learning many of these weird and wacky words and expressions. The new Duchess of Sussex is a native American having been born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Meghan’s mother is African-American, while her father is a Caucasian of Dutch-Irish decent and she says that she is proud to be a mixed race woman. Like everyone else, to become a British citizen she will have to pass the “Life in the U.K. test”, a 45 minutes test comprised of 24 questions about British traditions and customs, according to the government’s website.
When you take this test, you might get a multiple choice question similar to this, Roast beef is a traditional food of which country? A) Wales, B) England, C) Scotland or D) Northern Ireland. I spent a week in London and the last thing that British people should brag about is their food, unless you are inclined to eat breakfast three times a day, however it is probably better than having to eat any Klingon food. The traditional full English breakfast includes bacon (traditionally back bacon), fried, poached or scrambled eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried bread or buttered toast, and sausages (also called ‘bangers’). Black pudding, baked beans and bubble and squeak (cooked cabbage fried with cooked potatoes and often meat) are also often included.
At the top of British cuisine is fish and chips, which is deep-fried, battered and dipped in malt vinegar. I have had Beef Wellington before and I guess that is British along with an abundant amount of other meat pies and Shepherds pies and they are very edible. I have never tried Yorkshire Puddings but many people say that it is the shit, meaning that it is good. They can make a good scone, but why would anyone want to eat sheep’s head soup, blood pudding or spotted dick? I have eaten haggis when I was in Scotland which actually tasted better than I thought it would, but who wants to eat something that is looking back at you? I don’t think that I would ever go around singing, “the best part of waking up is having a sheep’s head in my cup”, but this mystical soup is actually served for breakfast.
Blood pudding is a thick sausage which has a black skin and is made from pork fat and pig’s blood and it is another name for black pudding. The name alone has prevented me from trying this, as I am not too keen on eating blood. Spotted dick is a British pudding, made with suet and dried fruit (usually currants and/or raisins) and it is often served with custard, but when I hear spotted dick it makes me think about venereal disease.
Language is always changing, and new words are often added. A lot of the time, these words are slang. Slang is informal or casual language and is commonly used, particularly by teenagers and young people. It can be hard to navigate and learn British slang, but the key is exposure seeing and hearing the language and then it is always changing and there are trends that appear and disappear which is enough to make you lose your temper.
In Great Britton a group of people might be referred to as nobs, meaning that they are rich or come from a much higher social class than you do and this is just a vulgar, slang a variant spelling of the word knob, just as sleek is a variant of the word slick. A British person might say, “I couldn’t find my headphones and I think that someone may have nicked them.” Here nicked is used as a verb and it has nothing to do with a guy’s name or carving a notch in something. If a British person says that someone is a nutter, they are describing a mentally ill person, or someone who is fearless, tough and cruel and here in the US we would just call them a nut. You also might hear someone say, “I’m not really hungry now, I will probably just nosh on something and eat a real meal later.”
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