6 thoughts on “Very British-y “Brilliant” in a Samsung Ad

  1. Very true- the Brits say ‘brilliant’ all the time- although more often than not it is shortened to ‘bril.’ Big words? Who needs ’em? 😉

      1. Lol. Well Steve, am guessing we run in different circles (and that’s ok) I hear ‘brill’ on the ‘daily’…or every day. I do agree, ‘amazing’ is quite over used both here in the UK and in the US.

  2. I recall first hearing ‘brilliant’ as a reference to exceptional intelligence in the 1970s.
    In 1986, London band ‘Furniture’ released Brilliant Mind.
    Are Brillo pads (soap-filled steel wool pot scourers) a thing in the US?

  3. Yes, they are indeed Nick – I have some Brillo pads in the cupboard under my sink in San Diego. I don’t think of Brilliant as a Britishism per se, more the word being used more heavily in the UK than the US, much like “Awesome” but the other way around.

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