After the fun of the "P" edition of They Talk Funny Here, I thought I'd put together a new list of words/expressions we don't use in America. For no particular reason, I recently started noticing "G" words.
So here you have it, Five "G" words that might sound weird to an American over here:
1. give over - In the states, we might say "get out of town!" or "no way!" Here, one way to respond if you hear something incredulous is to say (best in a very exaggerated tone), "Give over!"
2. gutted - An oft-used expression by yours truly. It means disappointed, or even upset. As in, "I heard back about the job I interviewed for...I didn't get it. I'm gutted."
3. gor-blimey - I was surprised to see this spelled out to be honest. To my American ears, it sounds almost like they say CWAW-blimey (sounding things out is not my strong-suit obviously). It's kind of like, "wow!" because it shows surprise or possibility that you're impressed by something. Example: "Those boots are on sale for...400 pounds? Gor-blimey that's ridiculously expensive!"
4. grotty - This can be used to describe something gross, shabby or crappy. The most common ways I've heard it used are: "The size of the flat is okay but the kitchen is so grotty, it'd take days to get it clean" or to describe when you're feeling unwell, "I think I'll head home early, I'm feeling pretty grotty."
5. git - Amazing how many words there are here to describe less than awesome men. Git is one of them. It's often used with "old" but not always. "I was going to park there but this git had parked his car over the lines!"
Here are a few other "g" words you might here over here:
geezer - old guy (derogatory)
guvnor - boss, someone in charge
gobshite - someone who talks a lot of crap. (gob = mouth, shite = crap).
gormless - idiot
graft - work hard
What do you think? Are there any other "g" words you'd add to the list?