By TJ Lewis
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is set in England, and there are a few words and phrases that might sound new to you. Here’s a sampling of some you might hear in the play:
A-levels – A public exam taken in England and Wales by students between the ages of 17
Airfix Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 model – A toy plane that’s modeled after a British WWII fighter plane
Battenberg – A light, spongy cake covered in jam and marzipan, and when cut in cross sections, reveals a pronounced two-by-two checkered pattern alternately colored yellow and pink. You might recognize it if you’re a fan of The Great British Bake-Off.
Bentalls – British department store chain
Biscuits – A cookie, or a small flat cake that is normally sweet
Bollocks – Another word for nonsense
Bugger – A silly or annoying person
Double bluff – Clever way to deceive someone by telling them the truth when they think
Further Maths – A-level further mathematics is a separate A-level exam that is normally taken in addition to taking an A-level mathematics course, which is meant to broaden the mathematical skills developed when studying A-level mathematics
Iced lolly – Another word for popsicle
Marzipan – A soft yellow or white food that’s made from almonds, sugar, and eggs. It’s used for decorating cakes and making sweets.
Muppet – Derogatory term used to describe someone, an insult (i.e. stupid)
Orangeade – Another word for orange soda
The Tube – Otherwise known as the London Underground, the rail running beneath the
city of London
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs in FST’s Gompertz Theatre through March 29. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.