Saturday, February 21, 2009

Clout: Definition 1: to hit someone with the intent of knocking some sense into them rather than causing long-term physical damage.

Use In A Sentence: "I gave him a good clout around the ear. He won't try that with the hamster again."

Definition 2: someone who wields a vast amount of influence in a particular sphere.

Use In A Sentence: "He's got a lot of clout in the field of haberdashery.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Persians: Cockney rhyming slang for drugs. Derived from Persian rugs.

Use In A Sentence: "Look at the state of him, he's all over the place. Must be on the Persians."

Friday, February 13, 2009

Shirty: angry

Use In A Sentence: "Don't get shirty with me, mate!"

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Guts For Garters: as in "I'll have your..." Military slang used to strike fear into the hearts of raw recruits by brutish parade-ground tyrant attempting to break down their individual spirits and mold them into a crack fighting machine or, then again, simply to cause them to soil themselves for his amusement.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Chinky: racist but affectionate(but still racist) term for the Chinese restaurant from which Brits purchase take-out food.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

To Have One's Card Marked: to be warned. Derived soccer where a player who commits a foul is issued a yellow or red card and has his name noted in the referee's notebook.

Use In A Sentence: "You've already had your card marked, don't come around here looking for trouble, mate!"

Monday, February 9, 2009

Tickety-boo: everything's going exceedingly well.

Use In sentence: "There's a recession, you say? I'm not sure I believe you. Everything's tickety-boo with me."

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Tatties: the quaint way the Scots have Irish have of referring to potatoes

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Down The Tubes: an expression indicating that an object or situation is no longer functioning or proceeding according to plan.

Example Of Use: "My plan to update this blog everyday has gone down the tubes."

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Business: all-purpose compliment that can be applied to any given person object, work of art or foodstuff regarded in a positive manner.

Example: "These coconut macaroons are the business."

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Oh okay, then...

On Your Tod(d): Cockney rhyming slang--of which there will be much more, the cheeky denizens of London's East End make it up on the spot and then act like you're somehow at fault if you're not following what they're saying--it means being alone.

Suggested Use: "What you doing `ere on your tod(d). Come over `ere and `ave a drink with us."

Derivation: famous British jockey James Forman `Tod' Sloane (pictured). Notoriously anti-social, these jockeys...



Hello and welcome if you just just moseyed over from the other place. It's possible you weren't aware that before I made my triumphant entry into the YA world, I had another book to my name. It's possible that I, also, was not aware of this. Knickers In A Twist, my dictionary of British slang was published in 2006. 
The publisher and myself took a stealth approach to marketing. We decided to let the public discover it for themselves. Many publishers before and since have also adopted such a tactic. But in this case, it actually worked. Knickers is now in it's fourth(4th)printing.
Why won't you stop selling, book??
So now I've come up with an even more unique idea: what if I actually lifted a finger--one finger, the others are occupied-- and attempted to direct a little attention towards this gift that keeps on giving?

If you're an Anglophile and need to know how to converse with hoodies in High Wycombe. If you're an Anglo-hater and want to insult plebs from Plaistow. If you're befuddled by the Glaswegian glottle-stop. If your enjoyment of BBC America is marred by the endless, unexplained pop-culture references that pop up on  Gavin And Stacey. If you're doing business with a Brit or dating one or attempting to win an argument with one, you need to know what they're talking about. Which is where Knickers comes in.

From now on, I'll be posting up invaluable words and phrases, many plucked from the pages of the book, some brand-new.

Don't thank me. It's all part of the service. And after all, I wouldn't want to leave you on your todd. (On your what? That's why you need to read the book!)

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