England: Day 4

I don't have much to share today, except that work went well. Tomorrow we have an opportunity to travel to Warwick castle, so I hope to have more photos to show you of the English countryside.

Until then, I'll leave you with a few tips on how to speak "British". Most of these are excerpts from this website and this website. Here are a few of my favorites (their descriptions, not mine):

All right? - This is used a lot around London and the south to mean, "Hello, how are you"?
Biscuit- cookie
Bloody - One of the most useful swear words in English. Mostly used as an exclamation of surprise i.e. "bloody hell" or "bloody nora". Something may be "bloody marvellous" or "bloody awful". It is also used to emphasise almost anything, "you're bloody mad", "not bloody likely" and can also be used in the middle of other words to emphasise them. E.g. "Abso-bloody-lutely"! Americans should avoid saying "bloody" as they sound silly.
Car Park - Parking lot
Caravan - RV
Cheeky - "Eee you cheeky monkey". Cheeky means you are flippant, have too much lip or are a bit of a smart arse! Generally you are considered to be a bit cheeky if you have an answer for everything and always have the last word.
Cheers - This word is obviously used when drinking with friends. However, it also has other colloquial meanings. For example when saying goodbye you could say "cheers", or "cheers then". It also means thank you. Americans could use it in English pubs, but should avoid the other situations as it sounds wrong with an American accent. Sorry!
Dodgy - If someone or something is a bit dodgy, it is not to be trusted. Dodgy food should be thrown away at home, or sent back in a restaurant. Dodgy people are best avoided. You never know what they are up to.
Flutter - It means to have a bet, usually a small one by someone who is not a serious gambler.
Lift - Elevator
Lorry - Truck
Moterway - Freeway. You also hear Carriage Way.
Quid - A pound in money is called a quid. It is the equivalent to the buck or clam in America. A five pound note is called a fiver and a ten pound note is called a tenner.
Shrapnel - Coins or change
Two finger salute - When you see a Brit stick up two fingers at you in a V shape, he may be ordering two of something (if his palms are toward you). The other way around and it's an insult along the lines of your one finger salute.

This list would have been helpful to read before we came. We've had quite an education since we've arrived. I would always say hello to the receptionist at the press when I walked by, and she would always answer "all right". Now after reading this list I realize she was actually asking "How are you?" but I didn't answer back. I just smiled stupidly because I didn't know what she was saying. Oops.