Top 10 Favorite British Words
From the first time I picked up books by British authors, I had always tried to imagine how the characters would speak - so properly and elegantly. I'll have you know, I and some friends of mine sometimes launch into an affected British accent when the mood hits us - much to the consternation and bafflement of the people around us. =)
Example: "Went for a 4 miler and then when I got back from work we took the kids swimming. Nice and knackered now." – blog post at SoreLimbs.co.uk, January 18, 2011
About the word: The slang knacker means "to kill or tire." Etymologists can't be sure if there's a link between the adjective knackered and the knacker that means "horse-slaughterer."
Example: "[Greece] flouted European Union rules on the limits to budget deficits; its national accounts were a moussaka of minced statistics, topped with a cheesy sauce of jiggery-pokery." – Jeff Randall, The Telegraph, May 20, 2010
About the word: Jiggery-pokery is an alteration of joukery-pawkery. Both joukery and pawkery are English regionalisms for "trickery."
5. PLONK. Definition: cheap or inferior wine
6. CHUNTER. Definition: to talk in a low inarticulate way: mutter
Example: "I shall have one pint of beer less every time I'm in the pub, and I might occasionally whinge about the rises in the cost of living outstripping my wages." – blog post on A Dull Day at Work, April 2, 2011
About the word: Whinge (short "i" and terminal "j" sound) predates the long "i" whine. The Old English ancestor of whinge meant "to moan."