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It's looking a bit black over Bill's mother's

English United Kingdom

Idiom USED Frequently BY Older Generations

When dark clouds appear on the horizon, signalling that it's about to rain. The "Bill" in question is usually said to be William Shakespeare, but sometimes Kaiser Wilhelm.

"It's looking a bit black over Bill's mother's... I bet it'll rain."





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round the Wrekin

English Midlands, United Kingdom

Expression USED Frequently BY older Midlanders

Slang for going the long way around, based on "the Wrekin", a large hill in east Shropshire, England.

"Sorry I'm late. I got on the wrong bus and it took me round the Wrekin!"





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squire

English United Kingdom

Name USED In the past BY Friends

(n.) Form of address between close (male) friends.

"How you doing, squire?"





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ahem

English Various countries

Sound USED Very frequently BY Everyone

The English sound for coughing that someone makes to show various feelings, such as doubt, disapproval, embarrassment, or to attract attention.

"Ahem, I'm still here."


Confirmed by 13 people




bottle o’ ginger

English | Scottish/Glaswegian Scotland

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

A bottle of fizzy drink.

"I’m gonna go down the shop to buy a bottle o’ ginger."





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Where to?*

* Where?

English Devon, England

Standard Phrase USED Frequently BY Most People

A phrase in which the ‘to’ refers to a specific place. Asking “where someone is to” is like asking where someone is.

“Where’s he to?”


Confirmed by 8 people




dreckly

English | Devon and Cornwall Devon and Cornwall , England

Word USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

(adv.) In the near future.

"I’ll see you dreckly."


Confirmed by 3 people




cakey tea

English Devon and Cornwall, England

Standard Phrase USED In the past BY Older Generations

(n.) Having a cup of tea with baked goods, usually after lunch. Similar to afternoon tea.

"Come around and we’ll have cakey tea."


Confirmed by 3 people




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fat scrap

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Young People

(n.) 1) When used as a noun, it refers to a big fight or scuffle. 2) As a verb, it refers to having a fight, or the action of a fight taking place. It usually refers to a physical altercation.

1) "We had a fat scrap." 2) "I’ll scrap him later."


Confirmed by 4 people




aunty / uncle

English | Singlish Singapore

Name USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(n.) Anyone is called “aunty” or “uncle” as long as they are older than you. It is a heartfelt and homey way of addressing elders, and an alternative to “madam” or “sir”

“Aunty, can you help me with the plates?“


Confirmed by 6 people




That’s crazy/wild

English United States

Expression USED Very frequently BY Millenials

1) Expressing disbelief or excitement 2) An exaggerated response to something mundane/boring. Often used to validate whatever the other person is saying.

“I went back to my hometown for the holidays and ran into my high school crush. Can you believe he’s married now?” “Really? That’s wild”


Confirmed by 3 people




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cwtch

English Wales

Word USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

(n.) A close, Welsh hug.

“Come here and give me a cwtch before you go.”


Confirmed by 3 people




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bum fuck Egypt

English | Southern English South, United States

Expression USED On Occasion BY Young People

In the middle of nowhere.

“Man, this place is really in BFE.”


Confirmed by 7 people




butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

English The South, United States

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Older Generations

"I can't believe it!" or "oh my goodness!"

"They're getting a new manager to lead bingo at the senior center!" "Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit!"


Confirmed by 11 people




it’s not not that

English United States

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some People

When someone asks you to confirm something, but you don’t want to specifically confirm or deny it. Usually used when someone asks you why you are mad, and the reason mentioned is one of the reasons, though maybe not the only one.

“Why are you mad? Is this because I took your donut?” “It’s not not because you took my donut.”


Confirmed by 9 people