Emergency Glossary

Some London-slang terms to use in the Coronapocalypse:

Daily Mirror β€” toilet paper,
Fool’s water β€” hand sanitiser,

Tomorrow’s toilet paper β€” pasta,
Hermit vacation β€” self-isolation,

Western wrestling β€” panic-buying,
British bulldozer β€” shopping trolley,

Going fourteen β€” quarantine,
Ugliness plaster β€” face mask.

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15 thoughts on “Emergency Glossary

      1. Haha, ok thanks so much! I actually kept some back just in case, once I’ve thought of some more I’ll post them lol.

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  1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I find this very useful! I’m studying at a British academy and I am having some issues understand that …English you speak LOL. I just learned you called the subway “tube”… why???

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      1. Because it’s literally a tube and we have to use different words to help keep the foreigners out :PπŸ˜‰

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      2. No worries πŸ™‚. “I learned you called the…” actually works too. I didn’t actually notice an issue there. But ‘call’ is more correct I think. Your version is pretty common too! You are doing very well! And that’s awesome you are learning the British version instead of American!! πŸ’™πŸ‘

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      3. Actually, you were totally correct with your corrections. The perfect tense of ‘call’ as you used it is definitely best!

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      4. Lol πŸ˜† I’m really sorry! You’re teaching ME 🀣

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    1. πŸ€£πŸ˜‚. Yes, it’s apparently the hardest language in the world for a reason!

      “I just learned you called the subway Β« tube »… why???”

      Because it’s called the tube? LOL πŸ˜†

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      1. Really? I read Spanish was the hardest. I think I’m still sleepy. 4am here. Dude, I’m studying to get certified by Oxford Uni! 😁 (well, now I’ll be doing it at the online campus because we must remain inside our houses for two weeks, “yay”) What’s the deal over there? (and I REFUSE to call the subway “tube” LOL)

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      2. To be honest I made that up about English πŸ˜†. Sorry was feeling weird!

        Wow, that must be a high level of English you’re going for! So you were originally going to travel to the UK for it??

        Well, over here there haven’t been many measures from the government yet. But they’ve just been criticised by two groups of scientists (200 each) who wrote open letters about the response. The UK has been less strict than other European countries so far, saying that they think people will get tired of isolation and start leaving the house at the peak of the spread, if it is begun too early. It seems risky to try its own strategy!

        Anyway, I’m not personally stressed about it for myself yet. Most people are taking it seriously and being careful I think, but everything is pretty much normal at the moment.

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