Some of these phrases just wouldn't translate into other languages… Others are us Brits being self-effacing and/or passive-aggressive… Either way, we bet you've heard yourself utter these very very British sayings... You know you're British if you've ever said...

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1. ‘It’ll all come out in the wash!’

British sayings: pants on a washing line

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2. ‘As the actress said to the bishop’

British sayings: funny bishop

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3. ‘Keep your hair on!’

British sayings: Boris Johnson

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4. ‘Shall I be mother?’

British sayings" woman pouring tea

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5. ‘Glad we got here when we did…’

British sayings: crowded pub bar

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6. ‘I’ll go to the foot of our stairs!’

British sayings: man fallen down stairs

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7. ‘Anywhere here is fine…’ (When the taxi pulls up right outside your house)

British sayings: woman in taxi

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8. ‘Not to worry…’ (ie: I will never EVER forget this)

British sayings: angry woman shouting at man

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9. ‘Mustn’t grumble’ (ie: Everything in my life is pure sh*te)

British sayings: man with gun to head

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10. ‘I’m not being funny but…’ (ie: I hate you/you’re wrong)

British sayings: Clown

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11. ‘Ooh, you’ve caught the sun!’

British sayings: lobster

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12. ‘Nowt so queer as folk!’ (In fake Yorkshire accent)

British sayings: Very Northern man

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13. ‘Nothing a good night’s sleep won’t fix’

British sayings: woman asleep

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14. ‘Oh hello, I didn’t see you there’ (ie: I’ve just managed to ignore you for the entire train journey)

British sayings: commuters ignoring each other

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Can you think of any other British phrases? Let us know…

  • ACC

    It’s English speakers in the colonies too. I was raised in Cape Town and I can identify with most of these phrases – I was educated in English and read English books, as well as American ones. I never picked up Americanisms…