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“Chuffed” Spiked in Merriam-Webster Online Searches Yesterday, Here’s Why and What it Means

Peter Sokolowski seemed pretty chuffed about it.

"Chuffed" didn't make my list of 10 Piece of British Slang I'd Like to See Adopted in America, but a lot of readers suggested it after the fact. That's why when lexicographer Peter Sokolowski pointed out that it was spiking in searches on Merriam-Webster's site it caught my attention. Why'd it spike, and what's it mean?

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10 Pieces of British Slang I’d Like to See Stay in the U.K.

Earlier this week, I confessed to watching much too much British television. So much so that I lobbied for 10 pieces of British slang to be adopted here in America, but just because I like some of it doesn't mean I like it all. Some British slang is confusing, distasteful, or forever marred for me by weirdly personal reasons. There were a few I liked that didn't make that list, but instead of adding more I think my time is better served by sharing 10 British slang terms I'd like to see stay on the other side of the Atlantic.

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10 Pieces of British Slang I’d Like to See Adopted in America

I watch a lot of British television. My wife just watched all of Downton Abbey in about a day, and I love Doctor Who so much that we named our daughter Amelia. We're two cultures separated by a common language, but the more British television I watch, the more envious I've become of some of their slang terms, and I'd like to see some of them adopted into American English so I can use them without sounding like a jerk who's just been watching too much BBC.

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