Watch the Atlanta Hawks attempt to guess the meaning of odd English slang words (Video)

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It’s been said that America and Great Britain are separated by a common language, and if you want proof of this, do take the time to mention wearing a fanny pack the next time you’re around someone from England. Actually, don’t; but do understand that the English have hundreds of charming idioms and phrases that typically leave most Americans cross-eyed while trying to determine the meaning.

The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will suit up at London’s O2 Arena this January for a regular season game, and in advance of that showdown (and in attempt to publicize the pairing) the Hawks have decided to give some of their players a little tutorial on some less-common English words that just aren’t heard here.

Via Trey Kerby at’s Starters blog, here’s the first one:

They didn’t stop there:

As Colm Heaney at the Irish Mirror points out, this video series does seem a little patronizing, because dressing the Hawks up in centuries-old outfits is about the same as putting an Englishman in a colonial-era getup, but no harm was intended.

And, as the NBA’s resident stateside Anglophile, one should cut the Hawks some slack. Outside of “knackered,” I’ve never heard of any of these words – the Hawks’ PR staff had to dig pretty deep on this one.

Also, seriously, don’t say “fanny” over there, guys. It means something else.

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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