Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion
I am Canadian born and bred, but since I love all forms of English I thought it might be interesting and entertaining to add a little British flavor to English With Elizabeth. Britons have such a colorful and unrestrained manner of expressing themselves, it is well worth anyone's time to tune in and have a read!
If anyone has a favorite British phrase that they have fun using, please send it along to my website and I'll promptly add it to the list. Be sure to leave your name if you want recognition rights!
STARK RAVING MAD
Usually uttered with a great loss of temper and patience.
"I say children, if you don't pipe down and quit your fussing I shall go stark raving mad!!"
Most often used to express disbelief.
"That story is the biggest load of rubbish I have ever heard!"
Again, more rubbish.
"I shall not stand here a second longer and permit you to fill my head with such ridiculous poppycock!"
Lovely, fresh, delightful and pretty!
"My goodness what a spanking new sweater you are sporting today Jocelyn".
Elegant and fancy.
"My goodness, I never expected to be dining in such a posh restaurant!"
Going wonderfully well.
"By Jove but the Garden Party is getting underway swimmingly!"
IN THE OFFING
Imminent; likely to happen soon.
"I say, Barb's trip to the Dentist for a check-up is certainly in the offing".
HIGH AND DRY
Stranded; without help or hope of recovery.
""The poor lads and their Nanny were left high and dry on the side of the street, while the rain splashed mournfully all round".
Surprised or startled by a certain turn of events.
"I don't think I was ever so taken aback in all my years on earth!"