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Top 5 Pieces Of British Slang

With the royal newlyweds gearing up for a US visit next month—come on, who doesn’t secretly think they’re going to catch the eye of Wills and convince him that it should have been you?—I thought it appropriate to present a little lesson in British slang. As well as being my home country, England is one of my top vacation destinations. Here are my top five favorite pieces of slang to take with you on your next trip across the pond.

All right? – Fairly interchangeable with “how’s it going?” The correct response is just to say “all right?” back again to the person who asked you in the first place. Seems a little self-defeating, sure, but go with it.

Bird/Bloke – A “bird” is a woman and a “bloke” is a man. For maximum authenticity, use these with “fit,” which means attractive. (“Wow, did you see that fit bloke over there?”)

When Can I Find Cheap Flights to London

Hi Bob,

Great question! I’m glad you asked and I’m sure many of our readers can benefit from the answer.

Here’s the deal: Travel before mid-June to the U.K. and you’re traveling during the shoulder season. Travel between mid-June and Labor day and you’ll find yourself in peak season. Shoulder season (personally, my favorite time to travel to Europe and pretty much every other destination) means cheap flights and fewer crowds. Hotels in London are also quite a bit less expensive. Once you get to peak season, all bets are off.

Can a Gnome Attend a Royal Wedding? Of Course He Can!

Last week, I had the splendid job of jetting over to London for the Royal Wedding. Why? Well, I figured Kate  Middleton needed a “something blue.”

Ha! Get it? Because I wear a blue coat? Tell me I’m not the funniest gnome you’ve ever met.

I flew over on Virgin Atlantic, which is always a pleasure, and stayed in the rather smashing Kensington Hotel. Now, I stay in a lot of splendid hotels, as you can imagine, but this one really took the (wedding) cake.

Win a Trip to London for the Royal Wedding

Hullo there! It’s the Travelocity Roaming Gnome here, and I’ve got to tell you, I’m just chuffed about the impending nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton—or as I like to call them, old Wills and his bird. Won’t they make a splendid couple?

As you can imagine, I was William’s first choice for best man, but I had to turn him down because I didn’t want Harry to be hurt. “Not to worry, old chum,” I said. “I’ll just make sure I’m guest of honor instead. I’ll even wear my very best pointy red hat. Oh wait, I’m always wearing my very best pointy red hat.”