Synopses & Reviews
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 donand#8217;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 Schottand#8217;s Miscellany, screenwriter Jonathan Bernsteinand#8217;s collection of Cockney rhyming slang, insults culled from British television shows of yore, and regional and and#147;high Britishand#8221; favorites provides hours of educational, enlightening, even life saving hilarity. And if it doesnand#8217;t accomplish that, at least youand#8217;ll be aware that when a British citizen describes you as a and#147;wally,and#8221; a and#147;herbert,and#8221; a and#147;spanner,and#8221; or a and#147;bampot,and#8221; heand#8217;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, Shootsand#160;and Leaves.
An entertaining and informative compendium of "Britspeak" takes a close-up look at the colorful expressions, terms, and phrases of British slang, uncovering the origins and history, correct usage, and etymology of everything from "sweet as a nut" to "wanking chariot." Original.