So...I married an American! :p

I don't think there is a week that goes by where I don't say something that makes my husband, Chris, say "Huh?" Growing up watching American TV shows and movies I was always aware of the occasional different word that Americans used compared to us British, as I think everyone is, Gas over Petrol, Sidewalk over Pavement and things like Faucet instead of Tap. But until I arrived in Kentucky and began spending most of my time here and after having recently got married I don't think I have really paid too much attention to it. I hate to admit it but I feel like I almost didn't even notice myself using the word Trash instead of Rubbish or Fries rather than Chips. However, having been in the States now for a year without going home I feel myself missing little old Britain and all things British, which in turn has made me very aware of the differing cultures. That and the fact that this past Christmas my Mother in law spent 3 hours running around a shopping mall looking for jumpsuits to get me for Christmas after Chris expressed my love for jumpers and that I would be more than happy with receiving one as a gift. It seems some things I just haven't quite adapted to saying yet, a jumper will always be a jumper and not a sweater to me! Sorry Mom! :p

It's funny that when I come to write about it I struggle to think of the sayings Chris and I often confuse each other with. It's the same when I go to answer the question of "What stuff do you say that we don't?" and believe me I get asked that a lot! :p It's a little easier being able to sit here now and think, but still the different words come to mind quicker than actual sentences, for example, these would have to be the top 5 words that make Chris laugh, honestly his face is a picture every time he hears them, so cute.

* Effing and Jeffing meaning swearing.
* Fit meaning good looking/sexy.
* Candy Floss meaning Cotton candy.
* Dummy as in Pacifier.
* Nappy as in Diaper.

But it's the sayings that more often than not catch him off guard. Here's a few I can actually think of, thanks to a voxer from my little sister just now. :p

* Don't give a monkeys = Don't care.
* To go off on one = To get mad.
* Then the penny dropped = The light bulb went off.
* On your bike = To go or you're joking.
* Pop round = To go and visit.
* Call her = Ring her.

About 5 years ago Kelly (my sister) and I bought Chris a book called "Knickers in a twist" we had told him that he must learn all our English phrases so he could keep up. Just the other day I picked it up and went through it, stopping every so often to have him guess what something meant. I came across a lot of words that my husband thought were funny but also stated that I don't say, it occurred to me that I have become a lot more American that I had first thought. Here is just a few words that came up that I remember using all the time growing up or hearing my Mum say:

* Besotted = To admire/like/love (Chris seemed to think I was calling him a nasty name when I first said this to him! :p )
* Muck around = To waste time.
* Gutted = Disappointed
* Chocka = Busy
* Mucky pup = Messy.
* Manky = Dirty
* Muggins = Kind of like a maid/ talking about yourself doing all the work.

To me it's always a slightly weird concept when Chris gets confused at a word like "Peckish" my brain can't fathom him not knowing what it means or him having never used it. It's like him not listening to The Pogues at Christmas time all over again, although that is slightly more unforgiving than "Peckish".

On many an occasion I like seeing his face when he doesn't understand me, like when I use the word "Shattered" and he looks at me like I'm mad, it's fun to teach him new words and I love it even more when he try's to say them with his American accent. :)

Proud to be British! :)

There you have it, my English to American dictionary! :) If you know anymore unique phrases or funny words please feel free to share them in the comments below, I know that I'm forgetting a fair few! :)

Have a lovely day and stay warm!

Love Lulu xx


  1. I had to laugh reading this...

    I happen to be American, but I've grown up watching British television to an extent that a number of words, phrases, even pronunciations (Example: the standard American pronunciation of "cerebral", as opposed to the British one, is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me) have entered my vocabulary.

    Once, I got an utterly blank look from my then girlfriend when absently remarking that I was gonna go head back to my flat (rather than apartment). :)

  2. Aww haha, gosh I've not said Flat in so long, I miss that! :p What British shows do you like? I really do miss British TV!
    American words often sneak in for me, although I am determined to always say yoghurt and tomato the British way! :p xx