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The word came from the French, “torche”, and ultimately from the Latin “torquere” (to twist) because early torches were twists of rope or fibre dipped in tar and lit to burn as a portable light source. Modern torches are generally electric, powered by batteries. That is why British people call, er, torches “torches”.
Britisha small electric light operated by batteries that you hold in your hand. The American word is flashlight. Don’t shine your torch straight into my eyes! Synonyms and related words. Types of electric light.
For the most part, however, Canadian English follows the American influence, with Canadians preferring flashlight to torch and diaper to nappy, for example. Zed is perhaps the most iconic instance of Canadians preferring the British term to the American. But that was not always the case.
In British English, a sweater may also be called a pullover, jumper, or jersey. In the United States, however, “jumper” refers to a style of women’s sleeveless dress, worn over a blouse or shirt, and “jersey” refers to a knit shirt, especially if part of an athletic uniform.
In British slang, bloody means something like “very.” That’s bloody brilliant! To bloody something is to cover it in blood: “I will bloody your nose if you say that again!” It comes from the Old English blodig, from blod, or “blood.”
The British use the term – “bum bag” for the American “fanny pack” a secreted money wallet /belt worn around the waist .
The British are not back slappers or touchers and generally do not display affection in public. The British like a certain amount of personal space. Do not stand too close to another person or put your arm around someone’s shoulder. Staring is considered rude.
The name originated with the Fianna of Irish mythology – groups of legendary warrior-bands associated with Fionn mac Cumhail. Mythological tales of the Fianna became known as the Fenian Cycle.
Usage. The name Paddy is a diminutive form of the Irish name Patrick (Pádraic, Pádraig, Páraic) and, depending on context, can be used either as an affectionate or a pejorative reference to an Irishman.