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Glosso’s advent: Baubles of Britishisms – Dec 19


Day 19
Spend a penny.

“Brad Pitt gave a local war hero the red carpet treatment when he invited him to a screening of his latest film. Peter Comfort from Ripple, Dover, had helped the world-famous actor get into character for the blockbuster, called Fury. … Pitt turned to the 91-year-old for advice when filming in Hertfordshire. Mr Comfort said: “They wanted a lot of information to make it accurate and fired a lot of questions at me. Luckily there weren’t any questions I didn’t know the answer to. They wanted to know where we slept, where we spent a penny, the living conditions and what it was like in action, so I told them.” — Dover Express, 23 Oct 2014

To pee. A reference to coin-operated pay toilets, which used to charge that sum before decimalization.

Going to see my aunt
Going to see a man about a dog
Take a slash