Things Brits say and what they actually mean

1. „I might join you later“
Meaning: I am not leaving the house today unless it’s on fire!

2. „Excuse me, sorry, is anyone sitting here?“
Meaning: You got 3 seconds to move your bag before I end you.

3. „Not to worry“
Meaning: I will never forget this.

4. Saying sorry as a way of introducing yourself.

5. „Bit wet out there“
Meaning: You’re going to need a snorkel because it’s absolutely pissing it down.

6. Ending an email with „Thanks“ as a warning that you’re perilously close to losing your temper.

7. „Right then, I suppose I really should start thinking about possibly making a move“ – Meaning: Bye

8. „If you say so“
Meaning: I’m afraid that what you’re saying is the height of idiocy

9. „With all due respect“
Meaning: You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about

10. Saying „You’re welcome“ as quietly as possible to people that don’t say thank you but using it as a form of punishing them.

11. „I beg your pardon“
Meaning: 1. I didn’t hear you 2. I apologise 3. What you’re saying is making me absolutely livid
12. „It could be worse“
Meaning: I couldn’t possibly be any worse

13: „Each to their own“
Meaning: you’re wrong, but never mind

14. „Pop around anytime“
Meaning: Please stay away from my house

15. „It’s fine“
Meaning: It really could not possibly get any worse, but no doubt it will do

16. „Perfect“
Meaning: Well, that’s that ruined then

17. „A bit of a pickle“
Meaning: A catastrophically bad situation with potentially fatal consequences

18. „Not too bad, actually“
Meaning: I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been

19. „Honestly, it doesn’t matter“
Meaning: Nothing has ever mattered more than this

20. „You’ve caught the sun“
Meaning: You look like you’ve been swimming in a volcano

21. „That’s certainly one way of looking at it“
Meaning: That’s certainly the wrong way of looking at it

22. „I’m just popping out for lunch, does anyone want anything?“
Meaning: I’m getting my own lunch now, please remain silent

23. „No, no, honestly, my fault“
Meaning: It was exceedingly your fault and we both know it

24. „No yeah that’s very interesting“
Meaning: You are boring me to death

25. „Just whenever you get a minute“
Meaning: Now!

26. „No harm done“
Meaning: You have caused complete and utter chaos

27. „I’m sure it’ll be fine“
Meaning: I fully expect the situation to deteriorate rapidly

28. „Sorry, I think you might have dropped something“
Meaning: You have definitely dropped that specific item


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