#197: British Words That Are Rude in the USA

In today’s podcast Ethan and Andrea talk about British English words that when you use in the United States (and viceversa), they can get you into trouble or get you some laughs.


  • Words that you should avoid in the USA!

Words You’ll Learn:

  • Catching some rays (US): to sunbathe
  • Sunning oneself (UK): to sunbathe
  • Put something at your disposal: make available
  • Passive-aggressive: a way of expressing negative feelings, such as anger or annoyance, indirectly instead of addressing them directly.
  • Tongue in cheek: said with the intention of being a joke.
  • Come across: (Andrea said “it might come across as politeness”) as used here, it means “it seems” or “it sounds as”
  • Getting your meaning across: communicating what you mean
  • Do you want to do the honors = do you want to do it?
  • Not much: common response to when someone greets you with “what’s up?”
  • Derogatory term: a word that is offensive to some people.
  • Say with a straight face: say something without showing any emotions.
  • Pissed (off) = angry


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  • Ive says:

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  • Ben says:

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  • Mobina says:

    it was really better if you could provide transcript but anyway that was helpful thank you guys

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  • Olivier says:

    How do you want us, poor French people not to get completely mixed up? Half your words are French (then you have twice as much) but with different meanings and not even the same depending on your side of the ocean… So a diary would be a journal? But to me, journal means newspaper. So you’re telling me that our rendez-vous romantic or not (yeah why would a rendez-vous be romantic?) will be publicized in tomorrow’s paper? God I love English and all these subtleties I learn here!