Throughout the Olympic eventing competition, multiple British or British-based riders used the expression “chuffed” or “chuffed to bits” to describe their performance. Which got us to thinking: Say what?
A few examples:
“I’m chuffed to bits for him (her horse, High Kingdom).” Zara Phillips in People magazine
“He’s such a talented horse, I’m chuffed to bits.” Nicola Wilson in a British Olympic Association press release
“I’m chuffed with him, but there’s two more days of competition.” Mark Todd in the Chronicle of the Horse
“Compared to WEG, I was chuffed to bits!” Mary King in Horse & Hound
So, we looked it up on Dictionary.com:
chuffed: adj \chuftd\ delighted; pleased; satisfied.
Careful, though. “Chuffed” carries a far different meaning than the word “chuff” (used to describe someone who is rude and insensitive, or as a synonym for the buttocks) or “chuffing” (a euphemism for another four-letter slang word that begins with the letter “f”).
“I’m chuffed with my dressage test” is not the same as “I’m so glad to be done with my chuffing dressage test” or “That dressage judge was a chuff.”
Well, hope you’ve enjoyed today’s edition of “Talk Like a Brit.” Cheerio! (That’s British for, “Farewell!”)
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