Here at Life Of Men, we have a fun time deciphering each other’s words and meanings both in emails and on phone calls.
With an American, a Brit and a Irish bloke on the team, you can understand how things can get confusing real quick.
This article takes a look at some of the funniest American words we’ve come across that mean something totally different in the UK.
We’ve even added a nice little image representation followed by a sentence to show how one would use such a word…just to avoid any confusion!
US – Should we invite a few hookers to your bachelor party?
UK – Brian, You’re playing hooker today.
US – Pass the chips, the movie is about to start.
UK – I’ll have fish and chips please love.
US – We really need to give that old shag a clean.
UK – Hey love, fancy a shag?
US – I’m off to play Football, have you seen my helmet?
UK – I’m off to play Football, don’t forget the magic sponge.
US – Look at the lovely colors on that bird.
UK – Check out that bird in the water.
US – Oh yeah, I definitely wear the pants in the relationship.
UK – Don’t get caught with your pants down.
US – OMG! There’s a jumper on the roof, somebody call 911.
UK – Darling, have you seen my golf jumper?
US – Now, we need to tighten up these braces just a touch more to straighten out those teeth.
UK – If I didn’t have these braces on my pants would be around my ankles!
US – That sneaky mother f**king, co%k Su%ker. Man I’m pissed!
UK – Right lads, time to go home. You’re all pissed.
US – Pay your rent or else you’ll end up like a bum on the street.
UK – Check out the bum on that hottie..
US – Listen to the coach at all times during the game.
UK – The coach will pick you up after the game.
US – Be careful in that neighborhood. It’s a know gang banger area.
UK – Do you want mash potato with your bangers?
US – You don’t want to go swimming in that bog, there’s gators in there.
UK – “Dan…Where are you?” ….. “I’m on the Bog“
US – I’m going to hire a trainer to lose this holiday weight.
UK – Darling, have you seen my other trainer?
US – Dammit, I made a mistake. Can I use your rubber?
UK – “Wait, Wait, Stop. Do you have a rubber?”
US – Hey girls, are we wearing a fancy dress tonight?
UK – You should come along to my fancy dress party.
US – So I stood there in just my shorts, hoping my mom wouldn’t suspect anything.
UK – Another short please barman, and make it a double.
US – What’s on the tube tonight?
UK – Man, I hate the tube. It’s always packed.
US – Shall we both wear flannel today?
UK – Love, I’m taking a shower. Have you seen my flannel?
US – It’s smart dress only. I think I’ll wear a vest.
UK – It’s warm out. I should have wore my vest.
Have any funny words you’ve heard lost in translation? Let us know in the comments.