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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 scientist, brainiac or researcher (sometimes with nerdish tendencies)
A can or a tin
A muffin (somewhat like a scone or a crumpet)
Cockney rhyming slang for coffin
What does "snog" mean in British English?
A terrible snob
To beat up someone and take their money, to mug
London's legendary fog
To kiss or to pet (as in to make out)
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?
Fringe benefits or perks
Dessert in general
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 renting a large tent or canopied room in which to hold an event
You're hiring an impoverished aristocrat to valet park cars at an event
You're hiring a bouncer to check tickets and invitations at the entrance to an event
What does the term "en-suite" mean in British English?
An intimate dinner for two or a "tête à tête"
Room service(meals)is available
The room you're in includes its own bathroom and toilet facilities
"Then", in speech as in French
If someone's getting "stroppy" in British English, what are they becoming?
They are becoming difficult, obstinate, or irritable
They are getting mushy, smarmy or sentimental on you
They are getting chubby or stocky
They are getting very good at sports through training heavily
What is a "spin doctor"?
A sports medicine specialist
A disc jockey
A good dancer
A speech writer/PR person for politicians
If you are driving in the British countryside and see a sign saying "no tipping" next to the roadside, what does it mean?
No trespassing in this field
No gambling or betting allowed here
No hitchhiking allowed
What does the British term "gormless" mean?
Stupid, ignorant, without a clue
Single for a bachelor
What does a "full stop" refer to in British English?
A period (punctuation)
A legal holiday
A roadside rest stop with full facilities
A three course dinner
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 giving someone a drink to knock them out and rip them off
You're going to Disneyland on a trip.
You're taking guff, or abuse from someone
You're pulling his or her leg, putting them on.
What is a "duvet" in British English?
A bolt or screw
A comforter (the type on which you put a loose cloth cover)
A dove of peace
If you're "chuffed" about something in British English, what are you?
Confused or bewildered
Miffed, irritated or annoyed
Offended or disgusted
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 Jun 28 12