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The Foggiest Notion
"This is a quiz about some reasonably common British terms that sometimes leave other English speakers in the fog. They are taken from newspapers, broadcasts and contemporary books. I'll give the North American equivalent. Good luck!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
What is a "boffin" in British usage?
A muffin (somewhat like a scone or a crumpet)
A scientist, brainiac or researcher (sometimes with nerdish tendencies)
A can or a tin
Cockney rhyming slang for coffin
What does "snog" mean in British English?
A terrible snob
To kiss or to pet (as in to make out)
London's legendary fog
To beat up someone and take their money, to mug
In British English the term "pudding", besides referring to the Christmas pudding or plum pudding we've all heard about, also is used in a more general way for something else. What does it mean?
Dessert in general
Fringe benefits or perks
Proof or evidence
If you need to hire a marquee for an event in the U.K., to what are you referring?
You're renting a theatre marquee to proclaim the happy event like a wedding
You're hiring a bouncer to check tickets and invitations at the entrance to an event
You're hiring an impoverished aristocrat to valet park cars at an event
You're renting a large tent or canopied room in which to hold an event
What does the term "en-suite" mean in British English?
Room service(meals)is available
The room you're in includes its own bathroom and toilet facilities
"Then", in speech as in French
An intimate dinner for two or a "tête à tête"
If someone's getting "stroppy" in British English, what are they becoming?
They are getting very good at sports through training heavily
They are getting chubby or stocky
They are becoming difficult, obstinate, or irritable
They are getting mushy, smarmy or sentimental on you
What is a "spin doctor"?
A sports medicine specialist
A speech writer/PR person for politicians
A good dancer
A disc jockey
If you are driving in the British countryside and see a sign saying "no tipping" next to the roadside, what does it mean?
No gambling or betting allowed here
No hitchhiking allowed
No trespassing in this field
What does the British term "gormless" mean?
Single for a bachelor
Stupid, ignorant, without a clue
What does a "full stop" refer to in British English?
A roadside rest stop with full facilities
A three course dinner
A legal holiday
A period (punctuation)
What does the term "jab" mean in British English?
a part -time job
a shot (as in inoculation or vaccination)
to sleep over, a place to sleep (a pad)
If someone asks if you're "taking the mickey", what do they mean in British English?
You're pulling his or her leg, putting them on.
You're taking guff, or abuse from someone
You're giving someone a drink to knock them out and rip them off
You're going to Disneyland on a trip.
What is a "duvet" in British English?
A bolt or screw
A dove of peace
A comforter (the type on which you put a loose cloth cover)
If you're "chuffed" about something in British English, what are you?
Miffed, irritated or annoyed
Offended or disgusted
Confused or bewildered
What is an "anorak" in British English?
A mad scientist
A sort of large coat and by extension the person who wears it, perceived as boring and conventional
A kitchen shelf
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Compiled May 23 13