Kaz is feeling very chuffed today. What does this word mean? Find out more by listening to this programme.
The script for this programme
Kaz: (Very happy) Hello, I'm Kaz.
Yang Li: And I'm Yang Li. Hey Kaz, you're looking very happy today, what's up - what's happened?
Kaz: Well Li, you know that singing competition I went in for?
Yang Li: Oh yes, the singing competition, what about it?
Kaz: Ah (with pride) I came first.
Yang Li: You did? Congratulations! You came first in the singing competition! Wow! No wonder you're so happy.
Kaz: I certainly am Li. I'm feeling really chuffed.
Yang Li: Feeling really chuffed?
Kaz: Yes, I'm feeling really chuffed - I'm feeling really pleased with myself.
Yang Li: 'Chuffed' - so 'feeling chuffed', means feeling pleased with yourself?
Kaz: That's right.
Yang Li: So, for example, when I passed my driving test - many years ago - I felt chuffed with myself.
Kaz: I'm sure you did Li - I'm sure you were really chuffed with yourself.
Yang Li: OK. So, 'to feel' or 'to be' chuffed about something means to be pleased with life - to be pleased with achieving something. 'Chuffed' - I like the sound of it. Let's listen to some more examples:
- I say Alice. I'm feeling rather chuffed with my exam results. I got a distinction!
- Congratulations! You've been promoted. You must be feeling well chuffed!
- She's lost four kilos, she must be very chuffed.
Yang Li: Kaz, in those examples, I noticed that you can say 'rather chuffed' and 'well chuffed' what's the difference?
Kaz: Well spotted Li. I'd say that 'rather chuffed' is quite formal and perhaps even a little old fashioned.
Yang Li: And 'well chuffed'?
Kaz: 'Well chuffed' is much more informal and more colloquial.
Yang Li: Which one would you prefer then?
Kaz: I think I prefer 'rather chuffed'.
Yang Li: Well, I think we can be rather chuffed with ourselves today.
Kaz: How so Li?
Yang Li: We've successfully completed another programme.