Lord Foul wrote:While we're on the subject of words that have different meanings in the US and UK, I'd like to share the following advice for dealing with British tourists, or for when visiting the UK.
If a British person approaches you and asks to bum a fag, it doesn't mean what you think it means.
They are merely asking if you have a spare cigarette they can have.
It took a while to figure that out based on context from reading motorcycle magazines back in the 90's. It was like the writer had Tourette syndrome. "I could get a couple hundred miles before stopping but Matt had the stop every hour for gas..." Ok, seems reasonable enough. "...and a fag." Wait, what?