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  • 55 Most Common Slang Words Used by Modern British English Speakers

    Slang words, used by British English speakers, are a group of words, which can be funny, can be rude and others are (well) different.  British slang words are not the same as American English slang words.  Slang is an informal language used by many people especially the young.  Here is a list of the most common slang words used by British English speakers:

     

    Slang word                                 Meaning

     

    Not to my liking                         I do not like something

     

    Ta                                                    Thank you

     

    Blighty                                           Britain

     

    Fancy                                             To want to do something ; To be attracted to a person

     

    Blinding (success)                    A (great) success

     

    Bloke                                              Another word for a man

     

    Bird                                                 Another word for a woman

     

    Lost the plot                                Something or someone has gone crazy. Misunderstood what has happened

     

    Gutted                                            Devastated or very disappointed

     

    Dodgy                                            Suspicious or faulty

     

    DIY                                                  Do it yourself (for home improvements)

     

    Fag                                                  A cigarette

     

    Rubbish                                         Rubbish can be used to describe garbage; something not good or worthless

     

     

    Shambles                                      A mess/a situation, which has gone wrong

     

    Diddle                                            To rip someone off eg of take money from someone

     

    Cheers                                           Used when drinking with friend; or to say thank you or good bye

     

    Daft                                                 Someone or something is stupid

     

    Swotting                                       To study extremely hard for exams

     

    Knackered                                   Feeling extremely tired

     

    Whinge                                          Someone moans about a situation

     

    Cheesed off                                  Someone is annoyed about a situation

     

    Loaded                                          If a person is loaded, it means the person is very rich

     

    Luvvly-jubbly                             Lovely/pretty

     

    Posh                                                This refers to someone who is upper class

     

    Quid                                                £1 in pounds sterling (English currency)

     

    Taking the piss                           Making fun of something or someone

     

    Up for it                                         A person is happy to join what is happening so he or she would say “I am up for it” say joining the party

     

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    Uni                                                  A common shortened form of saying university

     

    Full of beans                                Someone has a great deal of energy

     

    Wanker                                         This is another way of saying that someone is a jerk

     

    Mate                                               This means friend

     

    Gobsmacked                               Someone is amazed about a something

     

    Blinkered                                     narrow-minded, prejudiced or biased

     

    Booze                                             Any alcohol and a common word in British English

     

    A boozer                                       An English pub or someone who drinks a great deal of alcohol

     

    Pint                                                 This is a measure of beer sold in British pub. Beer in the UK comes in half pints or pints

     

    Dodgy                                            Something or someone who cannot be trusted

     

    Wicked                                          Great/cool and used by young people

     

    Ace                                                  Something or someone is amazing

     

    Brill                                                Brilliant is the full word, excellent, very good

     

    Flog                                                 Means to sell something

     

    Getting off with                          Kissing someone

     

    Knees up                                       There is a party

     

    Off your trolley                          Means someone is mad or crazy about someone or about a situation

     

    Snog                                                To kiss someone else

     

    Bob’s your uncle                       Means there you go

     

    Dog’s dinner                                Someone is dressed very well

     

    Don’t get your knickers         Do not get yourself worked up about a situation

    in a twist

     

    Stag night/party/weekend   A bachelor pre wedding party

     

    Hen night/party/weekend   A ladies pre wedding party

     

    Wonky                                           Not correct or not right

     

    Throw a spanner in the          Mess up a situation

    works

     

    See a man about a dog            Go to the cloakroom

     

    Made redundant                        To loose one’s job

     

    Grub                                               Refers to food

     

    Piece of cake                               Something which is easy to do

     

    Horses for courses                   Something that will not work for another person or stick to what you know

     

    Slang words refer to an unusual and casual use of words either by British English speakers (as described above) or by American English speakers.  By learning to use any of the sayings above, all those who learn English as a second language will be able to understand what is being said and talked about when listening to British people using these slang word(s)/sayings.  With practice everyone can use slang the same way British English speakers do!

     

     

    January 5, 2018
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