Think there’s only one “English”? Think again. Came across this word, busking, for the first time in my life, today while walking the streets of London. It struck me immediately as British English — the mere sound of it in my head was of the Queen, not a cowboy.
In any language — yours or another’s — there are tricks to learning the meaning of words you don’t know. Using context and environment are key. Here, I was near a large construction site. It was clear the authorities wanted to keep the area clear, no one hanging around.
What sort of people hang around? Homeless and beggars. Also musicians and street performers.
Check the dictionary: How close was I?