I wanted to call this post “English Sayings” but I was concerned you would think I meant saying of the English language and not of the people of England. But I knew if I called it “British Sayings” ya’ll would know what I meant straight away. So, ya….I’m glad that’s been cleared up….
I’m Canadian. In light of this, I come pre-packaged with “eh” and “aboot”. But since landing in the UK I have noticed there are a few sayings that forever attached, in my mind, to the folks of Britain.
“to be honest.” I make a lotta phone calls in a day and I speak to a lotta Brits in a day. And you know what I like about them? They are a very honest group of people, well…for the most part. When I ask them if they are familiar with the concept of group-buying, when applied to e-commerce, I am always 90% of the time answered with “I’m not, to be honest”. This is nice. I like that they feel comfortable enough with me to tell me the truth. However, I am always very concerned when people say “yes, I am” with no “to be honest” tacked on to the end.
“oh my dayssss!” Ya…I don’t really get this one either. It is usually used by the youth of today to show their excitement or amazement. It is a person favorite because it is just so stupid.
“innit”. A combo of the words isn’t and it, “innit” is best compared to the Canadian “eh”. Added to the end of a sentence for no real reason, other than to annoying the living sh*t out of me. It just makes a person sound so uneducated and the sound of it is literally like nails on a chalk board.
So TELL ME THIS. What sayings can you think of, world wide, that you have found to be country specific? That way, when I travel to them I can blend in with the locals, innit.