anorak: normal. I'm not sure what the difference between a parka and an anorak is, but anorak is the more usual word. It also may have connotations of dullness and being interested in dull hobbies such as trainspotting or bird-watching. An anorak is also a person who spends far too much time studying these or knowing too much about an obscure subject.
camp bed: normal. I don't know another term for it. Canvas slung on a steel frame, as used as a bed base in a camp.
cheval mirror: don't know; not an everyday term (in my social class).
concertina screen: hardly an everyday term, but visually obvious. Where would you see one these days?
family were: is the normal usage: 'family was' would suggest an organized assembly, as if they were all awaiting the same thing, whereas 'family were' is neutral, and they might all just happen to be there separately.
chuck out: not usual without an object, but comprehensible and acceptable. Would normally be e.g. 'when the pubs chuck us/people out'. 'Chuck out' is a normal slang term for 'throw out', whether chucking out old shoes or chucking customers out of a pub after closing time.
the noo: conscious use of Scottish, not standard but fully comprehensible and wouldn't sound too unusual.
techily: usually spelt 'tetchily', I'd have thought. Is tetchy not international? Mildly testy, irritable.
Cheval mirrors are standalone mirrors in a frame, that can be tilted easily. Here's a link to an American site which shows what they look like, so it doesn't appear to be a British term only.
A concertina screen is one that folds up and has pleats like an accordian. They were common at the end of the 19th century, but aren't often seen nowadays apart from as antiques.
Chucking out time is the slang term used by drinkers for the time when the pubs close and imbibers are 'chucked out' (metaphorically thrown) onto the street, and they have to go home. Until recently the licensing laws meant that most pubs closed at 11.00 PM but recent changes mean that pubs can choose their closing time.
I think we've discussed before how British and US usage differs concerning plural noun/verb agreement Although 'correct' English (and US English) would say something like The team is playing very well in the UK we would quite likely say The team are playing very well.This message has been edited. Last edited by: arnie,
Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
I learned Anorak in German, but hadn't realized it was a British term also. (Both anorak and parka are loanwords from Greenland Eskimo and Nenets via Russian respectively.) I had never read techily, and I misanalyzed it, at first, a tech-ily (with tech being an abbreviation for technical). For camp bed, I would say army cot or just plain cot.
You remind me of the US government official who, upon learning that France opposed the US/UK invasion of Iraq, began an investigation into the French ambasador's private life, and into that of his friends, one of whom shared his given name. It was a case of Yves's-dropping.