Americans and Brits speak the same language—or do they? Test your knowledge of the Queen’s English with this month’s quiz, which features a bevy of British words. No need to hop across the pond for the answers; just turn to page 126.
1. fiddly adj.
('fih-duh-lee) a set to lively music. b needing close attention. c insignificant.
2. knackered adj.
('na-kerd) a clever. b exhausted. c cluttered.
3. brolly n.
('brah-lee) a umbrella. b young man. c streetcar.
4. pitch n.
(pich) a northern county. b playing field. c stiff collar.
5. ta interj.
(tah) a oh dear. b to your health. c thanks.
6. posh adj.
(pahsh) a squishy. b fancy. c disdainful.
7. cack-handed adj.
('kak-han-ded) a guilty. b clumsy. c made-to-order.
8. aubergine n.
('oh-ber-zheen) a plum. b zucchini. c eggplant.
9. argy-bargy n.
(ar-jee-'bar-jee) a pint of beer. b argument. c royal carriage.
10. chuffed adj.
(chuft) a polished. b discarded. c delighted.
11. dog’s breakfast n.
(dahgz 'brek-fuhst) a confusing mess. b savory pie. c morning walk.
12. clanger n.
('klang-er) a church bell. b copycat. c blunder.
13. nick v.
(nik) a shove. b rush. c steal.
14. chin-wag n.
('chin-wag) a close shave. b friendly chat. c goatee.
15. poppet n.
('pah-pet) a little one. b bauble. c tea biscuit.