IF YOU'VE EVER RUNG UP A MATE OR WATCHED THE TELLY, YOU KNOW THE
QUEEN'S ENGLISH IS QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT FROM OUR LOCAL DIALECT HERE IN THE STATES.
SO WE'VE PUT TOGETHER THE FOLLOWING LIST OF TRANSLATIONS TO HELP YOU ALONG DURING
YOUR STAY AT THE WHIP.
Crisps, n. Potato chips here in America. The perfect accompaniment to one of our thick,
Chips, n. Americans call these fries. You'll call ours delicious.
Bangers and Mash, n. This dish of roasted pork sausage served over mashed potatoes
is as traditionally London as Big Ben himself. Ours are topped with onion sage gravy.
Welsh Rarebit, n. This warm blend of English cheddar and Stilton cheeses is swirled
with Smithwick's Irish Ale and served with crostini for dipping. The recipe is from 18th century
Great Britain; the plate you get will be quite a bit fresher. We promise. (And we'll mind
our manners if you ask whether a person from Wales can actually catch a rabbit.)
Bubble and Squeak, n. It's not a children's cartoon, but a skillet-browned
potato cake filled with a tender saute of leeks and cabbage. One that just so happens
to bubble and squeak while it cooks. It's simple, really.
Scotch Egg, n. A hard-cooked egg wrapped in seasoned ground pork,
lightly breaded and fried. A definite pub favourite, the Scotch Egg was
actually invented by an Englishman. Naturally.
Thirsty? you've come to the right place. Grab a seat and toss back a pint of our
select porters, stouts, ciders or ales. Ladies, you may sip if you wish. Before you do, take a
moment to learn what makes each unique.
Porter vs Stout Porter is a dark-coloured style of beer brewed with dark malts,
named in the 18th century for its popularity with the porters of London. An extra
strong porter is called a "Stout Porter," or "Stout" for short. Aye
Cider, n. A crisp beverage made from fermented juice of apples. One sip and you'll
feel like you're in England. Two, and you'll want to fight the Irish.
Beer, n. If there's a pint of beer in your hand, then it's either an ale or a lager.
And the differences between them are as wide as the distance between
the top and the bottom of the barrel.
Ale, n. The most common type of beer, which is brewed from malted barley and
top fermenting brewers' yeast, has a sweet, full-bodied taste. Ales are common in
the United Kingdom, Ireland and Belgium. You'll want a pint, not a mug.
(Hint: Mug means gullible!)
Lager, n. Less common and less sweet, lagers are brewed from bottom
fermenting brewers' yeast and malted barley. A longer brewing time to create the lager
doesn't mean you'll have to wait any longer for us to top you off.
A TRANSLATION GUIDE FOR THE UNINITIATED
Everyone knows a lift is an elevator, the post is the mail, and knackered means tired, right?
Well, here are a few additional Briticisms you may hear from time to time around the
Whip or across the pond.
Appointments, n. The uniform one wears to hunt. Which might require
an appointment with one's tailor.
The Bee's Knees, n. Wonderful, fantastic. Though rather insignificant in size, an actual
bee's knee is apparently quite a showstopper.
Cheerio, intj. Goodbye (Tread lightly on this one. Without a British accent you're merely
discussing a brand of tasty, whole grain breakfast cereal).
Cheers, n. A toast with friends, goodbye or thank you.
All three are best performed by hoisting a pint of ale.
Colors, n. The distinctive colors that distinguish one uniform from another.
What's black and white and red all over? A staff of hunters drawing
a fox from covert, of course.
Covert, n. Pronounced "cover", this is a rough, brushy patch or thicket
where a fox may be found.
Gone to ground, phrase. Can either mean "The fox went into a hole"
or "He's had one too many."
Horses for courses, phrase. To each his own. For example: You like ale, but your best
mate likes stout. That's horses for courses. (Of course, you have better taste,
but we'll just keep that between us).
Nosh, n. Food. "Let's all have a nosh, shall we?" Means the same
as "grub," but sounds far more genteel.
Ta, intj. Thanks.
Ta Ta, n. So long. Not "thanks thanks." Odd language, isn't it?
Horse Racing, n. The sport of kings and nobility, no surprise there. But here in the states,
it's the second most widely attended spectator sport after baseball.
Steeplechases, n. Horse races run over a 3.2 to 6.4 km course that include obstacles such as
brush fences, stone walls, timber rails and water. Got their name from the tradition of racing
from the church steeple of one town to that of another.
Point-to-Point races, n. Originally run straight across country, navigating from place to place,
these races are now conducted on oval tracks with built in fences, often on farmland.
Horses often get silly names like "Waitress" and "Another Ale Pleas" and
"A Basket of Chips"(wink wink, nudge nudge).
Every Wednesday during the horse racing season, grab a pint and a plate of your favorite nosh,
and watch weekly race broadcasts here at The Whip.
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