Hello! Today we are talking about posh words in films and their modern English equivalents.
If you've seen my other video on how to speak with a posh accent (link in the description) then you will understand that some ways of speaking are a bit...old-fashioned, right?
So, how do you find out how people used to speak many years ago,and the kinds of words, phrases and accents they had? Through films of course. And how do you find out what kind of language people are using today?
By subscribing to my channel so that you can get a better British accent.
Now, after watching hours of old films, I have come up with a selection of words and phrases that were cool to use then, but not really today.
Most of these phrases come from the film ‘The Dambusters’, which is a classic British film World War 2 film about bombing dams with bouncing bombs. There is a link to the film from Amazon UK in the description below.
Here is the link to the film Brief Encounter mentioned in the video:
Here is the link yo Kind Hearts and Coronets Trailer mentioned in the video:
Here is the link to the trailer of The English Game - available on Netflix:
Now,a note about these words and phrases - some of them are still used today, but it is the combination of accent, intonation and meaning that makes them unusual or old-fashioned today. We can use a Conservative RP accent from my friend Wilfred to represent the old-fashioned phrases, and my regular accent for the modern equivalents.
So chock’s away (that means something can start).
Splendid is a positive reaction and in modern British means excellent, great, or very good.
Extraordinarily good of you means extremely or very good of you.
Marvellous means extremely good or great.
It's a devil The noise of those bombs is a devil
: when something is irritating or annoying
and if you want say:
Yes it is rather , then yes it is quite irritating.
Spiffing is informal old-fashioned British English for very good Could be used with something like, ‘that’s spiffing, dear boy’ (Wilfred) (boy actually meaning man).
Frightfully means very, You often used to hear, ‘that’s frightfully good of you’.(Wilfred)
Come come now, means either that you were telling someone not to be worried, or that you can't believe what the other person is saying. It’s like saying ‘don’t be silly’.
And, a jolly good fellow or chap is a very good man or guy.
One last phrase - can you think of any blockbuster films? You know, films with big budgets and special effects? Why not write a blockbuster film title in the comments below?
Now, a blockbuster was a type of bomb used in WW2 that was so powerful that it could blow up a whole neighbourhood block. (Bomb explosion)
So that’s it for today, I hope you had a frightfully good time.
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