Fancy a Snog, Love? British vs American Sex Slangby Lilit Marcus on April 30, 2012
HowAboutWe contributor Lilit Marcus is spending some time in London. While there, she’s reporting on some of the differences that come along with dating on the other side of the pond.
Although people in both countries speak English, Americans and Brits often find each other difficult to understand. When my friend Sarah was studying abroad in the UK, a guy once asked her if she fancied a snog, and she thought he was offering her a cigarette instead of suggesting they make out. So here’s a handy cheat sheet for American vs British sex and hookup terms — feel free to print this out and keep it in your pocket the next time you meet a cute exchange student or go on vacation (or, shall we say, holiday).
Make out: Snog
Have a crush on: Fancy
Penis: Knob or Willy
Attractive/Hot: Fit or Tidy
Really hot: Well fit
Take your clothes off: Get your kit off
Call you: Give you a ring/ring you up
To hook up: To pull
Hoping to hook up: On the pull
Flirt with someone: Chat you up
Bachelor party: Stag Do
Bachelorette party: Hen’s Night/Hen Party
Any terms we missed? Any British terms you wish Americans used? Tell us in the comments.