While England is an English speaking country, there are many varying degrees of slang. Just how trendy words from your parents' generation are different than those of your youth, English residents have their own set of vocabulary. This became increasingly clear while watching the British romantic comedy Love, Rosie , starring The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin and The Blind Side's Lily Collins.
The film centers around two childhood friends, who, through a series of unexpected life twists and growing up, weave in and out of one another's lives. I sat down with the two stars to talk about the film, and in turn, the unique vocabulary of British citizens.
Sam Claflin, the eerily good-looking British Hunger Games star, said he found most differences from American to English slang in describing food. "We have so many ways to describe foods," he said. "Like we'll say, 'That is fantastic! It was phenomenal, brilliant, delicious, yummy...' Whereas Americans are like, ' Eh, It's great, it's good." The British are very, very descriptive."
So how do the British translate these American words? Let's find out, in this (very abridged) English slang dictionary, according to Love, Rosie stars.
BRITISH SLANG DICTIONARY
American Word: Bathroom
Lily's Translation: Loo
Sam's Translation: Bog
Claflin adds: "I still struggle with the American word 'Bathroom'. Why do you call it a bathroom if the room is just, quite literally, a toilet? Why do you call that a bathroom without a bath in it? When you're in a restaurant and people ask for the bathroom, I hope there's not a bath. I hope people aren't bathing after their meal in the lavatory."
American Word: Fun
Lily's Translation: Great Crack
She adds: "I was so shocked the first time I heard it. But apparently 'great crack!' means to have a good time."
American Word: Trunk (of a car)
Lily's Translation: Boot
American Word: F*ck
Lily's Translation: Bollox
She says: "Even the F-word is more endearing, you don't exactly know if it's a swear word, it just sounds cute. They're more fun."
American Word: Take out (food)
Lily's Translation: Take away
American Word: Idiot
Sam's Translation: Wanker
American word: Food
Sam's Translation: Grub, Fodder
He adds: "I found out 'fodder' means the F-word in Portuguese. My little brother's girlfriend is Portuguese, and I was like 'Guys should we go and get some fodder?' And she was like 'What? should we go and get some fuck?'"
American word: Attractive person
Sam's definition: Peach, Fit
He says: "You'd say, 'That's peeeeeach man!'"
American Word: Good
Sam's Definition: Mint
American Word: Really Good
Sam's Definition: wicked
American Word: Trashcan
Sam's Definition: Bin
American Word: Jelly
Sam's Definition: Jam
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