Everyone knows “cheers,” “brilliant,” and “lovely.” I always sound like the biggest poseur when I attempt to use any of those casually in coversation.
But here are some other faves:
- rubbish – Not just the trash you throw out, but people, ideas and demands are rubbish too. It’s all just rubbish.
- loads – Ooooh I love this! British people use it ALL the time the way Amerikanskies use “tons” or “a lot.” As in: I heard in America there are loads of nail salons.
- bits – I love this too! Used the way Amerikanskies use “pieces” or “body parts.” Like, Orange Juice with Bits (pulp), or Join a gym to get rid of your jiggly bits.
- called – No one is “named” something, they are “called” something. My husband, called Bryan. I have a friend called Gwyneth Paltrow.
- one off – Used in so many situations, I don’t even know… I think it means “one of a kind,” so you can have a one-off tailored suit, or a one-off event. Maybe some real Anglophiles will correct me.