Sunday, March 20, 2011


A few new things cropped up yesterday, and they reminded me of some things I've meant to share, but haven't, so without further ado, a couple of random English facts:

1) Women and girls still wear scrunchies. I can't remember if I've reported this before or not, but it surprised me to see scrunchies being sold in regular, trendy stores. I haven't seen a scrunchie sold in a chain store in America since like... 2000.

For the boys that read this blog, this is a scrunchie ;)

Of course, I might just be less of a fashionista than I think I am- one of the blogs I went on to find a picture of a scrunchie declared that they came back in style last year. I guess with the amount of people I've seen sporting them, this could be the truth. But while I sported many a scrunchie in my adolescent days, this is one style I really hope will not make it back to America.

2) I learned a new term of endearment today: treacle. I've heard of the many strange-but-sweet words the British use to address people nicely, such as love, deary, ducky, etc., but "treacle" was one I'd never come across until I sent one of my classmates a Facebook message and her response ended with "Thanks, treacle!"

3) I also learned a new slang term via Facebook. One of my groupmates posted the monologue she'd been adapting and had asked for some feedback. "Or," she wrote. "We could just leave as is. Waseva." I could be completely wrong, but I assume this is slang for "whatever," written in a more phonetic way, sort of like "s'later" ("see you later.")

4) I've heard this term a few times: "It'll all be gravy." Basically, it means "it will all be fine/good."

5) Juice boxes. Everyone drinks them, of all ages, and in public. I don't know that this is a thing I will ever be able to do... I think I'd still feel like a little kid if I were on the tube drinking a juice box, but I've seen more adults doing it than kids!

6) The term "fittie" basically means a person who is good-looking. This is another term I've only heard used by girls, mostly because I hang out with girls, and they've used it to to talk about boys they like but they also apply it to their friend and sometimes, jokingly, themselves. This term comes from the word "fit", which doe not mean "in shape" like it does at home, but just good-looking.

And now I'm off to marathon rehearsal/performance day!


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