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Divided by the same language?

Great letter from American Ferret reader, Brad:

‘Dear Ferret, I love the site, but as a Yank, have been occasionally confused by the odd Britishism: recent examples including “boffin” “naff” and “taking the mickey.” You might recommend that your similarly bollixed readers reference, which showed me that the preceding mean “intelligent person,” “terrible,” and “to tease.”

Now, your site no longer leaves me at sixes and sevens, it’s actually a doddle, which is brill because it’s fab. I can see now I were a right pudding before, a complete spanner, a wet weekend, but having sussed it out I feel like the diamond geezer! Yours,

Thanks Brad and good on yer mucker!

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