29 Things British People Say And What They Actually Mean
1. Sorry, I think you dropped something.
Translation: Hey, you dropped something. Definitely dropped something.
2. I’m sure it’ll be fine.
Translation: This situation is going to turn to sh*t very soon.
3. Whenever you get a minute.
Translation: Right now please.
4. No harm done.
Translation: You have literally ruined everything.
5. No, yeah that’s so interesting!
Translation: This is boring as sh*t.
6. No, it was my fault.
Translation: It was definitely your fault.
7. I might get some cash out.
Translation: You’re definitely getting cash out of the bank.
8. I’m popping out for lunch. Anyone want anything?
Translation: I’m leaving. Please don’t ask for anything.
9. Pop by any time.
Translation: Please never come over.
10. To each their own.
Translation: You’re so wrong it hurts.
11. It could be worse.
Translation: It couldn’t possibly be worse.
12. Beg pardon.
Translation: You’re making me mad, I didn’t hear you, I apologize.
13. You’re welcome.
Translation: When said at a normal volume, you’re simply welcome. When said in a whisper, it’s a form of passive aggressive jabbing.
14. With all due respect.
Translation: You must be stupid.
15. If you say so.
Translation: Stop doing whatever idiocy you’re up to.
16. I have 5p if that helps.
Translation: I definitely can’t help.
17. Well that’s one way of looking at it.
Translation: The wrong way, you dunce.
18. You’ve caught the sun.
Translation: You’re sunburned as all hell.
19. It doesn’t matter.
Translation: It definitely matters so much.
20. Not bad actually.
Translation: I’m as good as I’ve ever been.
Translation: You ruined it.
22. A bit of a pickle.
Translation: We’re screwed.
23. It’s fine.
Translation: Nothing is fine dammit.
24. Right then. Well, time to think about making a move.
Translation: I’m leaving as fast as I can.
25. It’s a bit wet out there.
Translation: You’re going to need a snorkel.
27. Excuse me, is anyone sitting here?
Translation: Move your stuff.
28. Not to worry.
Translation: You need to worry.
29. I might join you later.
Translation: I’m not leaving the house today.
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