I present you with…
Front bottoms and fanny cracks
For most people, English is thought to be a universal language as it is spoken in most Countries around the World. The only problem with that theory is that there are so many variations of English that it’s no longer a single language.
If you’re scratching your head, thinking I’ve lost the plot then let me put it to you this way:
In England, where I live, the general public use words and phrases which people in other English speaking parts of the world, such as South Africa, where I’m from and America would never have heard of.
So whilst I grew up in South Africa and have been living in England for the past six years, both English speaking Countries, there are still words and phrases I have never heard before… and some I still don’t understand.
Here are some interesting ones:
• If you speak to an British person about their pants, you’ would be talking to them about their underwear which they also call knickers
• To Scive off school in England would be referred to as bunking in South Africa
• Trailer trash in America are referred to as Pikey’s in England
• When someone, normally a child is having a tantrum, in England they are said to be having a paddy
• Lekker is commonly used in South Africa when something is nice, pleasant or good
• Americans taking about their fanny would be talking about their bottom in England
• Cigarette is an interesting one – Fag in England, Skyf in South Africa and Durry in Australia
• Chavs in England are better known as Dutchman in South Africa
• South Africans often enjoy a Braai with friends and family… which both the Brits and Americans call a Barbeque
There are too many to mention so I’ll leave my list at that but you might find this link of some interest… it has more variations of slang words than I ever knew existed which shows just how diverse the English language is: