25 Super Cool British Slang Phrases To Liven Up Your Vocabulary

Brought to you by the people who originally brought you the English language, some of the language’s greatest slang phrases come from the same island. England has a rich heritage of profound literature (one must look no further than Shakespeare) and that reflects itself in the way that people use language. Since the middle ages England has been a source of interesting slang and accents. In fact, a vast majority of English accents and dialects are found within the small area of the British Isles although the English speaking world as a whole is significantly larger. Even if you are just trying to enrich your cultural learning, looking back at British slang can be a very informative and interesting crash course in the history of the language. And of course, unless you are actually British you will probably not understand some of the words and phrases on this list. Even some Brits might not get all of them. When you do finally get around to visiting London, however, you will be well prepared to understand everything that you hear and to blend into the local culture. So, whatever your reason for learning, these are 25 super cool British slang phrases to liven up your vocabulary!

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Donkey's Years

Donkey's YearsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: ages, as in “I haven’t seen you in ages (donkey’s years)”

24

Daft Cow

Daft CowSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: a really dumb person

23

Collywobbles

CollywobblesSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: stomach pain or queasiness brought on by anxiety

22

Crusty Dragon

Crusty DragonSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: a piece of snot or a booger

21

It’s Monkeys Outside!

It’s Monkeys Outside!Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: It’s really cold outside!

20

Pavement Pizza

Pavement PizzaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: puke or vomit

19

Puff

PuffSource: wikipedia, Image: Todd McCann via Flickr

Meaning: fart

18

Shambolic

ShambolicSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: to be in a total state of chaos

17

Spend A Penny

Spend A PennySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: use the bathroom

16

Starkers

StarkersSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: completely naked

15

Tickety-Boo

Tickety-BooSource: wikipedia, Image: Charles LeBlanc via Flickr

Meaning: everything is great (everything is tickety-boo)

14

Snookered

SnookeredSource: wikipedia, Image: freestockphotos.biz

Meaning: to be in a really bad situation

13

Skive

SkiveSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: someone who is really lazy or useless

12

Shirty

ShirtySource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: to be ill-tempered

11

See A Man About a Dog

See A Man About a DogSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: something you say as an excuse for leaving in order to conceal your actual destination e.g. the bathroom

10

Off One’s Trolley

Off One’s TrolleySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: crazy or out of one’s mind

9

Legless

LeglessSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: completely drunk

8

Made redundant

Made redundantSource: wikipedia, Image: o5com via Flickr

Meaning: to be fired

7

Lose The Plot

Lose The PlotSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: to go crazy

6

Minted

MintedSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: to be really rich

5

Knackered

KnackeredSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: to be really tired

4

I’m Off To Bedfordshire!

I’m Off To Bedfordshire!Source: wikipedia, Image: pexels

Meaning: I’m going to bed!

3

Gobsmacked

GobsmackedSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: to be amazed

2

Gormless

GormlessSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: to be completely clueless

1

Gobby

GobbySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: somebody who is loudly opinionated



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