Fraser’s Phrases

10 Old English Insults That Should be Band Names

Musicians, particularly those of a hipster disposition, we have an invaluable service to offer as you gather together into your various groups and ensembles. Rather than pinching the stage names of other performers and making your own, …

1960s Mod Slang We Should Use Today

In 1983, the venerable British pop magazine Smash Hits (sadly no longer with us) published a feature called “The Things People Said,” in which Tom Hibbert pulled together a lexicon of youth slang, across the rocking …

WATCH: Dolly Parton Says “Ay Up, Me Duck”

It’s always a glorious moment when arcane and super-local British slang rolls out of the immaculate lips of American stars. Especially when those lips are also contorted into trying to do the accent and it swiftly becomes any …

25 Irish Sayings to Live By

This week, the rivers of major cities all over the world will run green, the bars will be filled with people wearing fake beards, green top hats and sunglasses fashioned into the shape of twin four-leaved clovers, and there will be much …

What Does 'Taking the Mickey' Mean?

Before Twitter and hashtag games, before The Onion, before satirical stand-ups and waggish revues, Brits commonly expressed all emotions through the filter of mockery. No matter what the occasion, from a night in the pub to a wedding, …