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 British Circus & Fairground Lingo
Slanger or Slang — As a noun, the tent.
British fans of anything are (to over-generalize a little) keenly devoted to their areas of special interest, educated beyond the ken of the typical American fan, and doggedly devoted to detail.
British fairground fans are particularly fond of the steam traction engines that powered early fairground rides and carried fairs from town to town.
www.goodmagic.com /carny/c_b.htm   (3082 words)

  
 money slang history, words, expressions and money slang meanings
Before looking at the slang and definitions it is helpful and interesting to know a little of British money history, as most of the money slang pre-dates decimalisation in 1971, and some money slang dates back many hundreds of years.
Interestingly modern British 'silver' coins are still (at the time of update, 2006) copper-base and nickel coated, whereas the 'coppers' are actually now steel-base and copper coated, since to make high-copper-content low face value coins would create another opportunity for the scrap converters.
Possibly connected to the use of nickel in the minting of coins, and to the American slang use of nickel to mean a $5 dollar note, which at the late 1800's was valued not far from a pound.
www.businessballs.com /moneyslanghistory.htm   (7521 words)

  
 British English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
British English (BrE) is a term used to distinguish the form of the English language used in the British Isles from forms used elsewhere.
The widespread usage of English across the world is partly attributable to the former power of the British Empire, and this is reflected in the use of British written forms in many parts of the world.
The most common form of English used by the British ruling class is that of south-east England (the area around the capital, London, and the ancient English university towns of Oxford and Cambridge).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_English   (649 words)

  
 British Military Terms and Soldier Slang
It was not unusual for British colonial officers on loan to another regiment to be temporarily classed as a higher rank in that regiment but to paid for the lesser rank of their actual regiment.
Unmarried British women sent to India each year by their parents during the cool weather to find husbands.
British volunteer cavalry force recruited from locals for the Boer war.
www.geocities.com /faskew/Colonial/Glossary/British.htm   (1031 words)

  
 London Slang - Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
It is the nature of slang that it is either used to replace taboo phrases or to playfully enhance them, this is unavoidable when compiling a list of this sort.
I have not included an exhaustive list of 'Rhyming Slang' terms but have focused on the specific phrases that are still widely used all around the capital.
There are a number of pages on the 'net' that focus on 'Rhyming Slang' in more detail, but these largly focus on the historic terms that are only used by a very small group of people which I feel gives a rather cliched view of Londoners.
www.londonslang.com   (544 words)

  
 British Army Slang   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Please note the following may include a great deal of slang that was particular to the units I was in (in particular we had Paras and Green Jackets in disproportionate numbers among the instructors).
John Beer (rhyming slang from 'John Deere') Kip Sleep Kip mat Foam sleeping mat Lid Helmet LSW The L86A1 Light Support Weapon, a longer, heavier-barreled version of the L85A1 Individual Weapon.
Slang usage is to refuel a vehicle, "We'll head back to camp and POL".
lists.dumpshock.com /pipermail/shadowrn/Week-of-Mon-20010917/049395.html   (1168 words)

  
 British slang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
British slang covers a large area and includes regional slang which, in turn, has localised variances and unique terminologies.
Slang naturally has no fixed orthography, and is written as whatever comes readily to mind.
British slang assumes that this letter isn't emphatically pronounced, hence others cannot comprehend what is intended.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_slang   (103 words)

  
 The Legends and Traditions of the Great War: Words and Expression Popularized, 1914-1918
Prewar slang for drunkenness; during the war it referred to strong liquor.
Nickname given to the British Army raised after the start of WW1, in allusion to Fred Karno, a comedian and producer of burlesque.
Slang, a thin stew eaten by the American soldiers.
www.worldwar1.com /heritage/wordswar.htm   (2706 words)

  
 Hebrew Slang and Foreign Loan Words by Raphael Sappan
The slang of other languages, too, it should be noted at the onset, is hospitable to foreign words, even though they have been spoken vernaculars for many centuries, and their vocabularies are much richer than that of modern Hebrew.
Yet it cannot be denied that the number of foreign loan-words in the Israeli slang vocabulary is still proportionately larger than in any other language, and that particularly in the initial period of the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language, the majority of such terms and expressions were of alien provenance.
In sum: Israeli slang may be regarded as a faithful reflection of the peculiar linguistic situation of Jews in Israel.
www.adath-shalom.ca /hebrew_slang_sappan.htm   (1672 words)

  
 BBC - h2g2 - Polari - British gay slang
Polari is a British gay slang that has its roots in the eighteenth century underworld but reached its heyday in the 1950s and 60s.
It is an eclectic mixture of slangs, dialects and languages common in London at the time, containing aspects of Cockney Rhyming Slang, Romany, Yiddish, Latin, criminal language, Backslang, Italian, circus speak, canal speak, theatre language and some original words and phrases.
The 'West End Queens' spoke a version of the language which contained a lot of theatre speak and they regarded both themselves and their slang as much more upmarket than the East End version which was heavily influenced by canal language and criminal slang.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/ww2/A2291465   (462 words)

  
 Slang dictionary - probably the most popular English slang resource on the WWW.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Slang dictionary - probably the most popular English slang resource on the WWW.
This slang dictionary presents a huge, bewildering collection of online English slang and informal expressions used in Britain.
This online slang dictionary is free but strictly copyrighted - please ask before copying.
www.peevish.co.uk /slang/frames.htm   (67 words)

  
 BBC America - Dictionary
Perhaps the most infamous of all the British slang, Cockney Rhyming Slang is a richly complicated, in-the-know type of language.
It is said that slang was originally developed by the thieves of London, so that they could communicate without the bobbies understanding what they were saying.
In Cockney Rhyming Slang, a word is represented by a phrase that ends in a rhyme.
www.bbcamerica.com /britain/dictionary.jsp   (197 words)

  
 The English-to-American Dictionary
This is certainly rhyming slang, but I've had two options proposed.
I'm told it was derived from cockney rhyming slang, where "bottle" = arse.
A butty is a colloquial name for something served in a chippie inside a roll or a folded-over piece of bread.
english2american.com /dictionary/b.html   (4091 words)

  
 British Slang, Rhyming slang, Colloquialisms in the UK
Reveals the complex tapestry of regional dialect, colloquialisms and slang which have rendered the UK such a linguistically fascinating place.
Each entry records the date when a slang word appeared, whether it is still in use, and in what countries it is used.
One of the most comprehensive surveys of Rhyming Slang, from the language of the 19th Century Cockneys, to their transported Australian cousins.
www.englishjobmaze.com /bookstore/b-sl-t-uk.htm   (468 words)

  
 Online Dictionary, Language Guide, Foreign Language and Etymology - AllWords.com
Aussie Slang is a fun searchable dictionary of Australian Slang words and Aussie phrases with an insight into the culture and customs behind the language.
This is the place to find the meaning of all the British slang that you hear on PBS and BBC America.
The slang survival guide has lashings of words and piles of sound advice on the use and meaning of a common phrase.
www.allwords.com /Slang_National_Slang.php   (303 words)

  
 Cor Blimey, that British Slang! Britishisms from a Yankee Perspective   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The British term "pants" connotes (indeed, in most cases, it positively DE-notes) what we Americans refer to variously as underwear, briefs, shorts, or (somewhat more childishly, perhaps) as underpants and undies.
This is the last interruption, by the way, and then we plow through (or should I say "plough through") the remaining four problematic Britishisms.
Second of all, I remind him that this is a class on slang in general, not on modern-day usage.
www.quass.com /britishisms101-classone.html   (1664 words)

  
 Questions & Answers: Bob's your uncle
Actually, Balfour did rather well in the job, confounding his critics and earning the bitter nickname Bloody Balfour from the Irish, which must have quietened the accusations of undue favouritism more than a little (he also rose to be Prime Minister from 1902–5).
A rather more probable, but less exciting, theory has it that it derives from the slang phrase all is bob, meaning that everything is safe, pleasant or satisfactory.
There have been several other slang expressions containing bob, some associated with thievery or gambling, and from the eighteenth century on it was also a common generic name for somebody you didn’t know.
www.worldwidewords.org /qa/qa-bob1.htm   (471 words)

  
 The Young Ones FAQ part 2 - British slang and isms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The British equivalent of the middle-finger salute, though not as rude.
A 'C' grade was considered a pass, and you needed 5 passes to be allowed to the next stage of British education -- A-Levels, which are essentially entrance exams for University.
British students generally take 3 A-levels, and the grades you get will determine which university you get to.
www.michael.phatcatz.net /awtv/Comedy/YoungOnes/faq2/slang.html   (599 words)

  
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All the ads are done in British Airways blue and topped by the line “Go With Those Who Know,” first introduced in a British Airways leisure TV campaign in September 2004.
British Airways is one of the world’s largest international passenger airlines with a fleet of 373 aircraft carrying more than 40 million passengers a year to some 216 destinations (including 22 in North America) in 94 countries.
Maurice and brother Charles began Saatchi & Saatchi in 1974 and it soon became one of the largest agencies in the world.  In late 1994, the brothers Saatchi split from the agency that bears their name and founded M&C Saatchi a few months later.
prnewswire.com /mnr/britishairways/21794/docs/ad-marketing_release.doc   (975 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Lonely Planet British Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Phrasebooks): Books: Elizabeth Bartsch-Parker,Roibeard ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Lonely Planet's "British Phrasebook" is a great introduction to the British way of life and speaking for foreigners.
The section on British English is, again traditionally, an introduction to the language through British culture, institutions, traditions and way of life.
It is an interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes witty, often highly informative yet brief description of British culture (music, sports, food, drink, housing, etc.) and institutions (political, educational, etc.), as well as of ways of travelling, spending your free time and free money.
www.amazon.com /Lonely-Planet-British-Phrasebook-Phrasebooks/dp/0864424841   (1738 words)

  
 Common Language, Separate Voices (John Bull and Uncle Sam)
British classics continue to be widely read, and until the 1970s dominated the literary curriculum.
The story line and illustrations are the same in both, but some of the words of the British original have been altered for an American audience.
Most of the Library's British literary maps are American-produced, showing the high status that has traditionally been given to British literature in the American educational system.
www.loc.gov /exhibits/british/brit-6.html   (2230 words)

  
 EHSP - Contemporary slang
These slang expressions are regularly used in contemporary English, specially in Britain.
Most slang words are either very short-lived, or else regional (dialect).
London slang from the 1980's would for instance be totally incomprehensible to a New Yorker in the 1990's!
website.lineone.net /~eshp/slang.htm   (505 words)

  
 Short answers 2 - grammar - central - British Council - LearnEnglish   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
refers to slang which is used instead of a word or phrase and which rhymes with it.
In Cockney rhyming slang, you say 'apples and pears' to mean 'stairs'.
In short, Cockney (rhyming slang) is just one type of slang.
www.britishcouncil.org /ca/learnenglish-central-grammar-short-answers-2.htm   (289 words)

  
 Discussion: Anyone want to post a dictionary of British slang words?
This is really taking off, im from the US so im not to familiar with British slang sept for rubbish which is trash, and bin which is trash can.
Oh I love Britishisms, and I'd be thrilled to hear of a British slang website or any other ideas.
I just mean that in JKR's writing and other British media, it seems like the word "little" isn't include, giving it a very British sound to me. Like, instead of "just a little bit longer" saying "just a bit longer".
www.hpana.com /forums/topic_view.cfm?tid=60212   (1612 words)

  
 Amazon.com: NTC's Super-Mini British Slang Dictionary: Books: Richard A. Spears,Ewart James   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
British English A to ZEd (The Facts on File Writer's Library) by Norman W. Schur
For example, a British tank top is a vest and a British sweater is a jumper.
This book was true old time British slang and phrases that you rarely hear spoken at all in London.
www.amazon.com /NTCs-Super-Mini-British-Slang-Dictionary/dp/0844201111   (1006 words)

  
 Cockney Rhyming Slang, London slang, British slang, rhyming slang, ryming slang, cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk, cockney ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Cockney Rhyming Slang, London slang, British slang, rhyming slang, ryming slang, cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk, cockney dictionary
Incorporating brand new Cockney rhyming slang from London, England and rhyming slang from all over the UK Top 10 latest London slang...
Much of the latest slang in the dictionary is contributed by our good friends, the readers.
www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk   (108 words)

  
 Dictionary of English slang and colloquialisms of the UK
Dictionary of English slang and colloquialisms of the UK English slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom
If you are unable to immediately find the term you are looking for, try the slang search.
Reproduction of the dictionary, text and graphics, in whole or part form, is expressly forbidden without prior permission from Ted Duckworth.
www.peevish.co.uk /slang   (265 words)

  
 England; English Slang and the Dialects of England from the AussieSlang.com Slang & Dialects Directory.
England; English Slang and the Dialects of England from the AussieSlang.com Slang and Dialects Directory.
A dictionary of English slang and British colloquialisms (informal speech) currently used in the UK, including over 3000 expressions.
Slang Phrases and words from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
www.aussieslang.com /directory/england.asp?page=1   (265 words)

  
 british   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Currently is focuses on the slang in the north west of England, but this is soon to be expanded.
An interesting page of British specific slang.This page is dedicated to the uniqueness of the British way of speaking.
The Institute of Cornish Studies is funded jointly by the University of Exeter and by Cornwall County Council to provide a focal point for the University's activities in Cornwall.
www.iuo.it /cilaweb/sitocila/lingue/inglese/indirizzario/varietiesofenglish/britishenglish/home.htm   (328 words)

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