Brits and Americans dress the same, eat at the same chain restaurants, pass music back and forth across the Atlantic, and our national leaders are practically conjoined twins. But the second the Brits open their mouths, all bets are off. So don’t dream of visiting the UK, dating a Brit, or truly understanding what Jude Law is saying without this handy, hilarious, and informative guide to Britspeak. With the cheekiness of Austin Powers and the tidbit quotient of Schott’s Miscellany , screenwriter Jonathan Bernstein’s collection of Cockney rhyming slang, insults culled from British television shows of yore, and regional and “high British” favorites provides hours of educational, enlightening, even life saving hilarity. And if it doesn’t accomplish that, at least you’ll be aware that when a British citizen describes you as a “wally,” a “herbert,” a “spanner,” or a “bampot,” he’s not showering you with compliments. Knickers in a Twist is as indispensable as a London city guide, as spot-on funny as an episode of The Office , and as edifying as Born to Kvetch and Eats, Shoots and Leaves.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As an American who reads a great deal of Brit. Lit., I was often frustrated by my inability to figure out what some British slang expressions meant, especially when the context was not helpful. Since purchasing this book I have been able to decipher some of the most puzzling expressions. The index in back makes it user friendly. Best of all, the author's great sense of humor makes learning fun. I have already recommended it to colleagues and fellow Brit. Lit. lovers.
Again, a gift for my husband. He loves British slang and keeps this near when we watch Brit Coms on TV. He also uses it to find new phrases to try out on me. Maybe we need slang dictionaries for every language . . . there might be more understanding in the world! :-)