Tag Archives: Fraser’s Phrases

Ten British English Words That Are Surprisingly Uncommon In The U.S.

Sometimes, in order to write about something, you have to go on a little voyage of discovery. So, having decided to research some words that are so common to British English it would hard to summon them without a reference point, but ...

Ten Commonly-Misused Expressions From British English

Language is a liquid constant. Its only job is to communicate and, really, so long as it does this reasonably efficaciously, none of us have any reason to complain about the rights and wrongs of other people’s communication.

Personality Quiz: Could You Pass For British?

Some of you will have been reading Anglophenia for quite a while, absorbing huge chunks of British culture and possibly even dreaming of one day passing for a fully-fledge Limey.

The Brit List: Five British Terms for the Unemployed

Made Redundant

Let’s start with the nicest possible way to go from being in gainful employment to not being in gainful employment, when your job ceases to exist. It’s nothing you’ve done wrong, it’s merely that the company ...

The Brit List: 10 British Words That Don’t Have a U.S. Equivalent

Blag A little item of criminal slang that has found its way into common use. To blag something is to get it for free, possibly without deserving to.

The Brit List: 10 American Words or Phrases Adopted by Brits

In a forgotten corner of England’s green and (mostly) pleasant land — sure as the sun rises over the cricket pitch and the flies buzz around the damp thatch atop the old Post Office — some retired Colonel in the home ...

The British Are Invading (Again) And This Time They Want Their Language Back

Thanks largely to the influence of TV, music, cinema and now the internet, the general assumption among a certain (and rather huffy) segment of the British population is that the English language is becoming swamped with Americanisms, ...

The Brit List: 10 Stinging British Insults

I should start with a confession. When compiling this list, I assumed it would be a gadabout stone-skim along the top of the English language, each new bounce a perfectly formed (but firmly NSFW) gem.

Fraser’s Phrases: Five British Sayings to Live By

There’s more to life than the wisdom imparted within these five expressions, but not much more. Consider this a British lesson in time-worn (but still very modern) etiquette:

Fraser’s Phrases: The Greatest Hits of the Uxbridge English Dictionary (Part 2)

As the last skim across the hidden delights of the Uxbridge English Dictionary proved to be such a hit (it’s here, if you missed it), here’s another dip into the vat of eternal delights. This time we’ve focussed our ...