As into travel and culture that I am, I am surprised to realize that I know almost nothing about the other English-speaking cultures like the UK, Australia and New Zealand. I love language and the linguistics, and it's been fun and fascinating to learn "new" words that use the same English language. These are my three most notable for different reasons:
"Pants" is apparently underwear in the UK. I sound inappropriately intimate when talking about someone's "pants" when I really intend to focus on their "trousers." #1 spot because it comes up in conversations more often than not and so I actually say "trousers" now.
"Rude Boy." Now I know what Rihanna's song is talking about. Apparently this is a slang name for gangster bad boys in the UK. #2 because it was like a revelation for me. Yes, I focus on the important things in life.
"Bird." I was the most thrown off by this one, actually! It's slang for a female, of all things! As in, "Who's that bird?" I asked if it was meant in a derogatory manner and my British friends gave a negative on that. #3 because I had never, ever heard of this term before and it made me laugh. I'm a bird?!