Why do the British say our before a name?

This usage is/was common in parts of England, mainly northern England as far as I’m aware. The “our” is effectively referring to ‘our family’. In the examples given from Keeping Up Appearences, the words are usually being spoken by Rose’s mother or father, and hence “our Rose” would refer to their (joint) daughter.

Why do the British say us instead of me?

It’s just an old English way of speaking. Many people say “us” but if they are writing will use the word “me”. I was born in Sunderland and I use it some times, depends who I am talking to. “us” meaning you and me sounds like “uss”.

Why do Brits say right?

You’ve probably heard this question hundreds of times. Even Brits whom you’re meeting for the very first time often start the conversation by asking if you’re alright. … It’s just a British way of saying hello. When a Brit says, “You alright?”, the best response is always, “Yeah, great thanks.

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Do British people use first names?

No, that would be rude in the UK though not in many other European countries. To people in virtually all other European countries that would be a polite form of address. You must say either the firstname or Mr/Ms Lastname.

Why do British say bloody?

In British slang, bloody means something like “very.” That’s bloody brilliant! Things that are literally bloody have blood on them or are made of blood. … To bloody something is to cover it in blood: “I will bloody your nose if you say that again!” It comes from the Old English blodig, from blod, or “blood.”

Why do British people say maths?

It’s because in American English, “mathematics” is abbreviated “math”, and in British English, “mathematics” is abbreviated “maths”. It’s just one of those little quirks that distinguish the two dialects of the language. Since “mathematics” is plural, the British English “maths” is more strictly correct.

What British say what they really mean?

Brits take etiquette seriously.

What Brits say vs what they actually mean.

What Brits say What you think they mean What they actually mean
Quite good Very good Not very good
Very interesting Wow, they’re impressed with what I’m saying Boy, this person is boring and talking nonsense
Incidentally/by the way That’s not important That’s the main point

Why do British people say mum?

pet word for “mother,” 1823, short for mummy (see mamma). In British sociology, used from 1957 in reference to “the working class mother as an influence in the lives of her children.” Also sometimes a vulgar corruption of madam.

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What should you never say to a British person?

14 things you should never say to a British person

  • Have you met the Queen/Kate Middleton/Stephen Fry? …
  • What did you do for the royal wedding? …
  • Why is your food so bad? …
  • Why do you eat beans in a morning… on toast? …
  • Why do you love queuing? …
  • So, how’s Brexit going? …
  • Why do you drink so much tea?


What is the hardest name to pronounce?

15 of the hardest-to-pronounce names – and the right way to say…

  • Aoife. …
  • ​Caoimhe. …
  • Helena. …
  • Linnea. …
  • Niamh. ​It’s NEEV, not NEE-a-m.
  • ​Róisín. This means ‘little rose’ – ro-SHEEN.
  • ​Saoirse. ​This gorgeous name stumps many who encounter it. …
  • Siobhan. ​While this name is quite common down under, it still manages to confuse.


Is it rude to address someone by their last name?

Usually, at least in the US (but I think it’s widespread in English-speaking parts of Earth), people are addressed by first name or by honorific + last name. Use of just the last name is not generally considered polite, except that is common in the military when a superior is addressing an inferior.

What does it mean if a guy calls you by your last name?

If a guy calls you by your name all the time, your first name or your full name, maybe he is very impressed by your name or he likes you very much. He is probably trying to remember your name or he has a sense of feeling happy when calling your name.

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Does bloody mean the F word?

Originally Answered: Does ‘bloody’ mean the ‘F word’? No. The word bloody is a minor word, whereas the F word is expressing extreme total displeasure at the person or subject, in near enough the strongest rudest way they can think of. Bloody: used to emphasise what you are saying in a slightly rude way.

Is Dang a bad word?

No. “Dang” is a substitute for a bad word, “damn.” Even “damn” is not that taboo a word these days, but it was when English-speaking society was more religious. There were several euphemisms to replace “damn,” including the one you asked about.

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