When Things Don’t Go As Planned We Improvise

So, my stay in London is drawing to a close. Ugh. I know. I’m crying too.

But in this time, I have finally accepted, that although I anticipated leaving the country with a new cute little British accent.

It’s just not going to happen.

How disappointing.

But, to make up for my lack of accent, I have picked up a few things linguistically that will keep London talk near and dear to my heart. I’ve compiled a short list of some of my new favorite words and phrases that will forever be a part of my every day speech:

Fetch: No, I’m totally kidding, I have never heard anyone say that here. It’s totally an invention by Gretchen Weiners, also known as the writing of Tina Fey.

Now, on to the real list:

Ledge: It’s a shortened version of legend, which means something or someone who is really great. Used in a sentence: Wow, thanks for sharing your pizza with me last night, you’re such a ledge.

Flat: It means apartment. I just like it better and have become so accustomed to saying flat instead because people look at you weird if you do say apartment. Used in a sentence: I had 5 flatmates only a few of which I ever really saw, I’m pretty sure one of them doesn’t even exist.

Tube: The Tube is the subway or metro, and now every city that I visit, I will need to know what their tube system is like. Used in a sentence: We should take the bus, but the tube is so much faster.

Bibs and bobs: Bibs and bobs basically means stuff. It could really mean anything, I think. Hopefully I’ve been using this in the correct context. Used in a sentence: I’m going to pop to the shop to pick up a few bibs and bobs.

Dodgy: This is one of my favorite and most frequently used new words. Dodgy means sketchy or shady. Used in a sentence: I walked home from O’Neills last night, but I took the main road to avoid the dodgy side streets.

There you have it, just a few of my new favorites. Get ready to experience them first hand America.


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