While only around 70 million people enjoy the privilege of being native British these days, thanks to the old empire, Hollywood, and the BBC, people all over the world not only understand the English language, but they also know and understand a variety of British idioms, phrases, and accents.
It's all very helpful for a Brit when they're traveling, as it means they have to make considerably less effort than the average to be understood while abroad.
However, even people who don't have a British passport - whether a blue or a burgundy one - can master the art of speaking as though they are British. Part of it is about the accent, but much of it is about what they choose to say and the various phrases they throw into their speech. With plenty of movie villains and period pieces to educate us, just about anyone can sound at least partly British.
From "lovely jubbly" to describe something reassuring and excellent, to calling a crazy person "a few sandwiches short of a picnic" to referring to everything collapsing into crisis as "going a bit pear-shaped," you can fit right in even without mastering the entirety of the Queen's English. So click through and let's see whether you know how to talk proper!
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