Andrew Gill Show: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
1:18 vaguely in a way that is uncertain or unclear
1:45 ironic when words are used the opposite of their meaning in order to be funny
1:55 English reserve ... kick in British tendency to be quiet will come out
2:45 “perform” demonstrate (by speaking)
3:02 do a double take look at something surprising/unusual for a second time after looking at it a moment earlier
3:05 chaps guys, fellows (informal: people, usually males)
4:03 doubled up in laughter laughed so hard they were bent over at the waist
4:36 United Kingdom, U.K., England, Britain, Great Britain, Britannia England, Wales, Scotland = Great Britain
Great Britain + N. Ireland = United Kingdom
4:50 topical appropriate or current to the topic under discussion
4:55 England, Wales, Scotland = Great Britain
  Great Britain + N. Ireland = United Kingdom
5:58 dispensation accommodation, allowance, special treatment
7:01 wind the clock back go back in time
8:04 dawned on me occurred to me, suddenly realized
8:44 mongrel mixing informal (or slightly negative) way of saying that Americans come from a rich (or complicated) mix of races and ethnicities
9:47 don’t knock don’t criticize
10:05 put up against compare (favorably) with
11:26 fly the Union Jack to display the British flag
12:08 Stars & Stripes another name for the American flag
12:35 akin to similar to, related to
13:18 Name That Americanism a quiz to match British expressions with American ones
13:50 1. the letter “zed” American English = the letter “zee” (Z)
14:02 2. trainers American English = tennis shoes, sneakers
14:17 3. ticket tout American English = scalper
14:28 4. solicitor American English = attorney, lawyer
14:48 5. biscuit American English = cookie
14:55 6. agony aunt American English = advice columnist
15:25 7. braces American English = suspenders
15:37 8. candy floss American English = cotton candy
15:43 tip of my tongue ready to speak the word but can’t remember it
5:48 9. the loo American English = bathroom, restroom
16:02 euphemistic polite, diplomatic, trying not to offend
16:19 10. Joe Bloggs American English = Joe Blow
17:46 right it to make it right, to fix it

Alan Headbloom

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.