Tag Archives: Fraser’s Phrases

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 ...

Fraser’s Phrases Gets Its Knickers In A Twist

By rights, we should have started Fraser’s Phrases with this, because no single turn of phrase better illustrates what a mutual appreciation society the American and British versions of the English language are.

Fraser’s Phrases: Men Are From Mars, Blokes Are From Prison

Bloke has got to be one of the most well-known of British slang words, not least because it tends to find its way into the mouths of anyone who wants to have a crack at a English (meaning cockney) accent. Bloke (often wrongly pronounced ...