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    American&British idioms related to hapiness

    Hi,
    I am writing a thesis about idioms related to happines in American and British english. And unfortunately I can't find anywhere a comparisons between this two languages.
    It is possible that someone could write a few idioms associated with happiness which are used in America, and which are used in the UK in a different form, and vice versa??

    Sorry for any errors in spelling.

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    Re: American&British idioms related to hapiness

    Re spelling errors: it's happiness.

    AmE: happy as a clam.
    BrE: happy as a sandboy.

    AmE: happy as all get-out.
    BrE: pleased as punch.
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    Re: American&British idioms related to hapiness

    Thank you very much, it will be very helpful;)

    If anyone else would like to share their knowledge about idiom and write additional idioms??
    if it's not a problem.

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    Re: American&British idioms related to hapiness

    Am: Happy as a pig in mud. On cloud nine.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: American&British idioms related to hapiness

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Am: Happy as a pig in mud. On cloud nine.
    We use these in BrE, though happy as a pig in sh*t is a more common variation. We also use happy as Larry.

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    Re: American&British idioms related to hapiness

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We also use happy as Larry.
    Ooo interesting. Is there an equivalent to this idiom in the USA??

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    Re: American&British idioms related to hapiness

    That one leaves me a bit mystified.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: American&British idioms related to hapiness

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    That one leaves me a bit mystified.
    Me too. Another BrE expression is chuffed. To be chuffed is to be pleased and happy. If you want to please a person, you chuff him or her up.

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    Re: American&British idioms related to hapiness

    I use be chuffed, but I don't use chuff someone up. I'll see what other BrE speakers say.

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    Re: American&British idioms related to hapiness

    Happy Americans are "in hog heaven" too. We might also be "tickled pink" about something or "pleased as punch". Do the Brits use those expressions?

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