BRITISH SLANG

If you went to the UK tomorrow and talked to someone in their twenties, would you understand the slang they are using?   I recently picked my 26-year old niece´s brains about British slang and selected some expressions, phrasal verbs and words that may help you grasp what´s going on in a dialogue.

EXPRESSING HAPPINESS

To be chuffed to bits – to be very pleased about something

E.g. I was chuffed to bits when I got promoted at work. 

That really cracked me up – I started laughing uncontrollably

E.g. That new comedian on TV really cracked me up.

SAYING SOMETHING IS GREAT

Awesome/sick/cool

E.g.  That party was sick last night

SAYING SOMEONE IS CRAZY

She´s lost the plot!/He´s cray-cray!/He´s not all there!  – He/She is crazy

E.g. I have a feeling she´s lost the plot!  It just doesn´t make sense what she´s saying!

VOCABULARY TO DO WITH DRINKING ALCOHOL

Bladdered/pissed/smashed/wasted/steaming– Completely drunk

E.g.  He was so wasted last night at the pub.

What do you fancy?/What´s your tipple?/What´s your poison? – What would you like to drink?

Booze – alcohol drinks

E.g.  Let´s get the booze in!

Get a round in – to buy drinks for everybody in your group (common in a UK pub)

E.g. I´ll get this round in.

Sam:  “I´ll meet you at the pub at 8pm.” 

Julie:  “Cool beans, man!” – OK, fine by me!

He is a lightweight/He can´t handle his drink – He gets drunk easily.

E.g. He´s such a lightweight.  After a pint, he´s gone.  Can´t handle his drink.

 MISCELLANEOUS

That really cringed me out – That made me feel uncomfortable

E.g.  Oh my god, that film really cringed me out! 

Rain on someone´s parade – Prevent someone from enjoying an occasion/event

E.g. Don´t rain on my parade!  I´ve been wanting to go to this music festival for so long.

Dodgy – strange/low quality

E.g.  That food tastes a bit dodgy.  Wouldn´t eat it if I were you!

Skive off work – to avoid work by staying away or leaving early.

E.g. She´s skived off work again today.  I´ll have to step in for her.

Skint – no money

E.g.  God!  I´m absolutely skint this week.  I get paid tomorrow though.

Absolute shambles – complete mess

E.g.  That company is an absolute shambles.  Not working for them again.

Aggy – annoying/aggravating

E.g. She is always getting on someone´s nerves.  She´s so aggy!

Faffing about/around – To aimlessly waste time doing useless things

E.g.  Stop faffing around!  Let´s get on with the job we have to do.

If you are interested in learning more British slang, check out this article:  http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/british-phrases-english-language-sayings-britain-england-uk-different-a8138046.html.

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