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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: POSH ENGLISH: Old-fashioned British English Expressions

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hi everyone in this lesson we're going

to look at posh words and post

expressions from the good old days when

when Britain ruled the world well 1/4 of

the world and there was a British Empire

and all this language comes from those

times it's old-fashioned now people

don't use it but if you like old

literature if you like films that are

set in older times and you like the idea

of the posh proper British character

then this is the language that is

associated with those times so let's

start with salutations this is a fancy

way of saying ways of saying hello or

saying goodbye if a posh person if

you're meeting a prosper and they don't

say how are you they say how do you do

and the answer is not I'm fine

the answer is how do you do how do you

do how do you do next when you're saying

goodbye you say

toodle-pip toodle-pip toodles or you say

cheerio cheerio cheerio now I've got to

go cheerio comes from when we're having

a drink and we say cheers Cheers

people used to say back in the past

cheerio but then it became then it came

to mean just goodbye

so cheerio now let's look at posh words

to do with people now in the cockney

East End in the old cockney East End

which don't really exist anymore

they say fella what a nice fella means a

nice man but the posh way of saying

fella is fellow who is a jolly good

fellow means a good man a fellow old

chap what's that old chap

hey old chap what do you got there chap

means man come means more young man but

it could it could extend up to middle

age that kind of thing old chum whoo hey

your male charm haven't seen you since

Oxford how you doing old chum old friend

my dear my dear you look absolutely

exquisite in your pearls you say my dear

if it's a term of endearment to show

that you're close you're close to

someone perhaps perhaps it could be your

wife it could be could be your sister

even my dear but you at home of a dress

that you used to women that you're close

to but men used to women not women used

to each other and darling darling would

be the the term of endearment the

husband would used to his wife darling

my darling I can't live without you my

darling we must marry tomorrow

my darling okay so in case you didn't

know poss people do swear here are the

swear words from the old times oh bugger

I've dropped my pen I'm not going to say

what it means so moving on from that

crumbs plums Oh clumsy can't believe

this I've I haven't got crumbs all over

my face I'm just slightly embarrassed

crumbs I can't believe what's happened

and Fiddlesticks is I think it's when

people don't want to say the word that

begins with F they say Oh fiddlesticks

instead so it's all swearing oh bugger

is actually a swear word whereas these

ones are more a little bit more polite

language moving on from from those good

old British Empire days and still still

now which is true actually the posture

somebody is the more enthusiastic about

life they are maybe there's a reason for

that I don't know but a way of saying

this is that they use emphatic

adjectives when your and Phatak about

something it means you feel it strongly

so the language is more extra you could

say when they describe things so a post

person went instead of saying well they

could say excellent you could say

something is excellent but they might

say what a spiffing idea absolutely

spiffing spiffing means excellent


oh my word that Gatto is stupendous

means very big huge then perhaps you

start eating it and you say oh what a

ghastly Gatto ghastly oh absolutely

ghastly I don't like this at all

it means taste very bad frightful

frightful when you say when something is

scary to you or when you don't like it

so you could say what a frightful young

man go away you're not having my purse

what a frightful young man now we've got

glorious perhaps it's a where what a

glorious day to play some tennis

beautiful day marvellous and splendid

mean the same kind of thing so good like

this you could say it's a marvelous day

for playing croquet absolutely marvelous

if you don't know what croquet is it's

an old-fashioned game with that you play

with a stick and some balls and when you

play that game it's splendid it's a

splendid game to play

so let's look now at exclamations this

these are all phrases that don't mean

that much in terms of the language it's

the context that you use them in so

let's say let's use an example of Jeeves

Jeeves is very it's a it's a name that a

posh Butler might have might have and

the butler is someone who works

for a royal or a very upper class family

and irons their newspapers and things

like that so you could say upon my word

Jeeves is on the bridge if you were

really surprised to see the Butler

Jeeves on the bridge to know what he's

doing there I can't believe it upon my

word Jesus on the bridge

he should be ironing my newspapers right

now or you could say well I never

Jeeves is on the bridge that's when

you're surprised he's there well I never

divas on the bridge he told me he'd have

all my newspapers ironed for me by now

I'm waiting for him well I never I can't

believe this

or perhaps Jeeves is not having a good

time in his job he's a bit stressed and

he's he's gonna jump off the bridge

who's been ironing too many newspapers

you would say god forbid Jesus on the

bridge he might jump god forbid you

don't want it to happen god forbid

something terrible might happen here or

we could say perhaps oh what fun Jeeves

is on the bridge with the croquet let's

go if I say oh what fun is something

exciting and unexpected so you wouldn't

expect Jeeves to be playing croquet on

the bridge but now you see it let's say

let's all go and play with Jeeps let's

go play croquet and you could say chin

chin chin chin is when you when you

before you drink tintin tintin everyone

let's let's drink some Pimm's

moving on here we've got golly and gosh

they mean almost the same thing it's a

show surprise golly you've got a bit fat

haven't you well that would be a bit

rude if you said that to someone but you

never know most people can be quite

direct gosh what a fat little child he

is surprised and here here is something

that they say in the British Parliament


all debating when they can be bothered

to show up there because there's not a

lot of things they need to debate these

days but when they agree with something

in the parliament all those big fat old

men shout out here here or here him

that's what they like to say they're in

the parliament they like to sit as loud

as they can here are here and that means

that they show their support and they

and they agree so now we finish the

lesson you can go and do the quiz I'll

see you again soon

cheerio toodle PIP bye

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