Knocking off their socks with slang

Love a duck! Is this slang really still alive?

So asked Neil Hewison, former AUC Press associate director for editorial programs, when he recently shared this entertaining list of ‘100 British Slang Words and Expressions to Knock Your Socks Off’, with a group of AUC Press editors. A lively discussion about which of the entries were still in circulation and which were now old-fashioned (quite a few, it would seem) ensued, and, inevitably, the question of their likely US equivalents also came up. Jody Baboukis, former AUC Press managing editor and freelance copy editor par excellence, took up the challenge of compiling a list of US words and expressions that come close to conveying the essential salt and spirit of such classic Britishisms as ‘faff,’ ‘naff,’ ‘flog,’ and ‘filch.’ Here is her no less entertaining and enlightening list.

‘100 British Slang Words and Expressions to Knock Your Socks Off’ (smartcat)
Approximate US Equivalents

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