Dear Ajarn Ken, I have heard the phrase chuffed to bits a few times and I think it is a British English thing. what does it mean? Thanks for your website I really enjoy it. Toei from Thailand
Thanks for your email. Yes "chuffed to bits" is a very common phrase in English language. To be honest, I do not really know where it comes from but it is made up of two parts.
The first part "chuffed" and the second part "to bits".
The full phrase means...........to be very happy, thrilled or proud about about something.
The first part - chuffed - can be used on its own and means to be very pleased at something that has happened or something that you have done. The second part - to bits - means small parts or little pieces.
So at an educated guess, chuffed to bits, literally means to be so excited and thrilled and happy, every little part, or bit of me is really pleased!
So how do you use it? Well you could say that, "My friend finished second in the race, it was better than she thought and I am chuffed to bits for her"
Hope this answers your question! Heres a video from our youtube about Chuffed to bits