Britishism: Gutted

Britishism: GuttedOne of my favorite Britishisms is the term “gutted.” Basically, “I’m absolutely gutted” is just a really overdramatic way to say “I’m disappointed.” But it’s so much more graphic.

I always imagine entrails spilling out, or maybe an entire lack of a gut. And though the term seems quite dire, it’s usually used when a Brit is distraught that he won’t be able to make it to the pub that night or that he has to leave dinner a bit early. I haven’t yet heard it used for anything serious.

It also seems to be begging for a response like, “Don’t get your intestines in a bunch.”

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