Brian Kingshott: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
0:33 wrote the book is an expert (in this area)
0:39 criminal justice the government system for keeping social control, stopping and reducing crime, and imposing penalties and rehabilitation on people convicted of crimes
0:44 bi-coastal on two coast lines
1:02 came into the world with a bang entered the world with much show and attention
1:22 air raid warning alert that bomber planes will be attacking
1:32 birth canal channel through which a baby is born out from its mother
1:41 decimated killed or destroyed a large number of
2:14 Special Air Service (SAS) special forces unit of British Army founded in 1941 undertaking reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action, and human intelligence gathering
2:22 behind enemy lines across the divide where the enemy forces are in control
2:26 fuel dumps stockpiles of gasoline for military vehicles
2:46 Desert Rats 7th Armoured Division (United Kingdom)
3:00 mine clearance process of removing land mines to make an area safe
3:13 triaged separated out the worst medical cases
3:31 Merchant Navy fleet of ships supplying the British war effort
3:42 Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships that deliver worldwide logistical and operational support for the British Royal Navy
4:10 rivalry competition between two known opponents
4:29 ostensibly supposedly, for the seeming purpose of
4:48 Enigma Machine electro-mechanical machine used to encode and decode secret messages
5:04 encrypted written in a secret code
5:25 Bletchley Park
5:43 Alan Turing the pioneering British mathematician/scientist highly influential in developing the model of a general purpose computer and cracking the WW2 German military codes
6:13 Intelligence Service government agency that collects, analyzes, and uses information to support law enforcement, national security, the military, and foreign policy
6:37 decrypted translated from code to regular language
6:47 London postmark the official London post office stamp on an envelope
7:27 surreal strange, bizarre, unusual, unreal
7:46 draw your uniform get your uniform (from the supply department)
8:28 contemporaries people of the same age
9:12 autobiography story about a person’s life written by that person
9:21 burglary at his writing lodge theft from the private building used for writing
9:39 Keats, Kingshott, Kipling... Brian Kingshott’s name was alphabetically included between two very famous British authors
10:05 human trafficking selling people’s labor or bodies for money (without their consent)
10:18 ethics branch of philosophy that seeks to define right and wrong behavior
10:22 Renaissance Man man who has very diverse interests and knowledge
11:12 bias against prejudice against
11:39 picking up nuances able to distinguish small details
12:02 cadre group of people with special training
12:08 taken hostage being captured against one’s will by people who demand money or special political/military payment in exchange for the person’s safe return
12:29 get a bee in my bonnet get very excited about something
12:50 counter-terrorism methods of fighting against terrorism
12:52 30-odd years more than 30 years
13:00 a dozen years on a dozen years later

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Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.