One of the things that I admire most about American’s is their directness, which is one of the reasons I consider myself more of a yank than a Brit.
Brit’s are consistently told that in polite society you have to be courteous and restrained which means that often when we say something, it’s not exactly what we really mean; and what can often come across as a complement may really be a searing insult.
See my list of 10 of the most British put-downs with their US translations…
1.Gosh! THAT’S Different!
WTF DID YOU DO?
2.That haircut/outfit/makeup is fun!
SO, YOU CLEARLY DON’T OWN A MIRROR!
3.You made this cake/soup/biscuits all by yourself?
THERE’S NO CHANCE IN HELL THAT CAKE/SOUP/COOKIES ARE MAKING IT PAST MY LIPS
4.You look so healthy.
HOLY SHIT! HOW DID YOU GET SO FAT?
5.You’re such a good-time girl.
YOU’RE A TRAMP
6.Oh, what fun!
DEAR GOD, NO!
7.What a sweet home you have?
GET ME OUT OF THIS HELL HOLE
8. Aren’t you clever?
HOW ARE YOU SO STUPID?
9. Isn’t that exciting?
10. Don’t you just look a picture?
DEAR GOD! WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO YOURSELF?