2/27/09

Brit' Word of the Day

Today's BWOTD is an all time fave of mine:

"We went over there, but the state of their house was pretty manky"

'Manky' = gross or disgusting

This comes from the french word manquer which means to fail, so has been changed somewhat by translation. Manky is a descriptive word that is common in the UK when talking about things or people.

For instance, I now officially have 'manky' hair, as I had to cancel my hairdresser appointment today due to not feeling too well the past 24 hours. And it will continue to be manky for another 10 days now - OH DEEP JOY!!

20 comments:

Sarah said...

I use this word all the time. Infact prob to much lol. I always say ewww thats mank!. Hey thanks for the top for the notebook case. I will order him one as a supprise cus girl your right about the fingerprints.. Looks manky lol

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I wrote about your birth country today, and I thought of you. I loved your post about the blue skies the other day. I just didn't have time to comment at the time I think, but I've thought about it since. We do need rain.~~Dee

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Well you learn something new every day. I've never heard manky before. And now I will go forth and use it with authority.

By the way, thanks for visiting my site the other day when I was featured on SITS!

Rob Inukshuk said...

Sorry you're not feeling too hot. Feel better already.

I know what you mean, that house was minging. She's a right minger that one!

Peggy said...

I was just thinking that I wish someone from over the pond would post some of their slang words.
Manky was what my kids called their fav blanket.
Thank you for doing this!

Henry said...

I live with an ex-Brit, she's teaching me all sorts of swanky words. And I thought I already had a grasp of the Queen's English.

Polish Punk Chick said...

I thought the English hated the French...? Cuz of the war thing? And the blatant fact that the French just think they're the best thing since sliced bread. Anyways, its acceptable to use a word with French roots and still remain patriotic to the Queen?

Happy weekend!

Sassy Britches said...

Manky! Is that a cross between mangy and lanky? How fun.

Get well soon!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hope you feel better, Sarah.. Did you pick up something from one of those sweet little kids?????

I'm sure your hair doesn't look 'manky'... You may think it does--but I'll bet it is JUST DANDY.

Hugs,
Betsy

Kay said...

I like the sound of that word.
:-)

karen said...

sorry to hear about the manky hair day! :)hope it and the health improve soon!

Lissa K said...

now that I know what manky means, I am going to be using it...love having new words to use!
Have a great day!
a SITSA,
Lissa

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Haven't heard that word in a while... Like collywobbles, might start using that one.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Remember Deep Joy in the Thundermold? Good old Stanley Unwin.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love it! Thanks.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I'll have to try to work that into my Southern vocab!

Winifred said...

Yes I use that a lot.

However children use "mingin" or R"minger" just like Rob. It's Scots.

crunchiemummy said...

LOL Haven't heard that word in ages! Thanks for the memories! We say "minging" these days!

Karen said...

Oh, that trailer next to mine is so manky. ha!

Wendy said...

Ah, this is a perfect descriptive word for my house on all occasions (because it is full of little and big men - which definitely makes it "manky" - and because it is also a right mess, "manky"). If it had less men would it be less manky, or am I the key ingredient here?