I hear, on the platform at Tunbridge Wells station, a middle aged man describe a vehicle as using "only a whisker of petrol".
"He wasn't clever, but he always did the right thing". Lord Fisher, First Sea Lord in World War I on Edward VII. Two English virtues described in one brief sentence.
Now here's a word to enjoy: Potvaliant. It is to be found in Johnson's Dictionary, and means heated with courage by strong drink.