10 Things That British People Say That Americans Don't

10 Things That The Brits Said To Me While I Visited London That You Don’t Hear In America

It's not everyday that you hear these in America...

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Over Spring Break I visited the land of tea and posh accents. It was everything you could imagine it to be and I ate my weight in shortbread and scones. One of my favorite things about London however, was the funny phrases I heard from the locals, my tour guide, and others. Those phrases mixed with the adorable accents made it even better.

Here are the 10 phrases that some of the Brits said to me and that I overheard while my time across the pond.

1. "Fly monkeys, fly!"

Monkey

This was said to my group by our tour guide. She would always say this as she sent us to do something on our own. Whether it was taking the Tube by ourselves, or breaking for lunch for an hour, this is one of the sayings she would use. It was bittersweet to hear her say it at the airport as she dropped us off.

2. "You're looking at me like I'm one sandwich short of a picnic."

The Office

Another tour guide said this to us a few times as he discussed the history of London.

3. "Come here my little puddings."

Victorious

Our tour guide would say this to us when she wanted us to gather around and listen.

4. "Gather around my little dumplings."

Gather Around

Another saying by a different tour guide when he was about to tell us something.

5. "You saucy bunch of colonials."

Shrug

This was said to us as we discussed the history of England and how the Americans broke away from Britain. The Brits are a little bit bitter about it even now.

6. "Come here my little potato dumplings."

What

Another saying from the tour guide when she was gathering us around.

7. "Okay my Pop-Tarts..."

Pop-Tart

Another term of endearment.

8. "Tut..."

Tut

This is the sound that the Brits make when you do something that annoys them. Things such as walking on the wrong side of the road, stopping on a bridge to take a photo, taking too long to get on the tube, etc. Sometimes tourists see how many tsk's they can get from the locals.

9. "We don't talk about the B-word."

Don't Say It

The B-Word is Brexit if you didn't know. It's pretty divided with different opinions over there and it's best to just not mention it.

10. "It's the London way!"

Raise a Glass

This was said by another tour guide that we passed. He was explaining to the group that if people are rude to you, that it's fine, it's just how London works.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey."

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Whether you're driving home for the summer, taking a cross-country road trip with your friends, or driving out-of-state for an internship, the time you spend crammed inside a car can be the death of you as the hours seem to drag on and on. From someone who drove through six states alone in an entire day -over a thousand miles- here are a few things you can do to make the time go faster.

1. Start driving early.

The earlier you start driving, the better. Driving in an unfamiliar place as the day begins to transition from day to night can be a little unsettling; you could get lost by taking the wrong exit or turn, or God forbid you're having car issues and left somewhere dangerous, or you need a bathroom break and are forced to pull up to a gas station that's straight out of a scary movie. When you're driving and the day starts getting darker, you become more exhausted than before.

2. Listen to audiobooks.

A concept: the book you never got to read during the semester because you were too busy with your other classes but it's read by your favorite author in audio format to kill at least a good four hours (or more depending on the book) during your road trip.

3. Listen to podcasts.

There is a podcast for everyone and everything, I promise. When you find the one podcast that speaks to you, it is a never-ending rabbit hole from there and you'll end up wishing your road trip was longer.

4. Get some snacks.

Stopping anywhere other than a fast food joint can delay your trip and the fast foods available to us aren't always the best options. Be sure to pack your favorite snacks or even your favorite easy homemade meal. If you're going to stop for a break, make the time well-spent by eating something you actually enjoy and you'll feel good to drive for another few hours.

5. Create a hit music playlist.

No road trip would be complete without a playlist compiled of your favorite jams to get you by. Take the time to explore new genres or nostalgic classics.

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