Some Words Have Different Meaning in the UK Compared to the US
There are many words that have different meanings in the US when compared to the UK. The word “pissed” means very different things in the two countries.
In the US, the word “pissed” means very angry. It is often used with the word “off”. “Pissed off” means that you are/were very upset for some reason (whether rightfully or not). When someone does something to make you very angry, then that something “pissed me off.”
(o) I was very pissed off when I lost the deciding game of the tennis match.
(o) Man, she really pissed me off when she started dating that other guy.
In the UK, however, the word “pissed” means an adjective.
(o) After drinking 10 bottles of beer in 90 minutes, Mr Jones was pissed.
(o) I was so pissed, I couldn’t see straight.
This is not acceptable language to use in any formal setting. It is a light swear word. Although not vulgar, there isn’t a professional or educational situation when using this word would be appropriate. Nevertheless, this is commonly used word in both the US and the UK, even though the meanings are very different.