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3 phrases Brits use more than the rest of the English-speaking world: Part I

As an American, moving to England seemed like an easy step: they speak English, they watch Friends and The Simpsons, and they’re basically our motherland. Yet while those things are fundamentally true, it doesn’t stop the lingo from constantly confusing a newcomer.

Below is the first of the three most common phrases you’ll hear after spending any length of time with the British (plus what it means in each situation).


At first, I was constantly thinking, “Why is everyone apologizing all the time?” Then I realized that ‘sorry’ is the polite way to indicate several other common phrases:

Public safety announcement: this is by no means a comprehensive list. You’re best off using “sorry” anytime you’re in doubt, trying to be polite, or interacting with other (British) humans.

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