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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Meaning: ages, as in “I haven’t seen you in ages (donkey’s years)”
Meaning: a really dumb person
Meaning: stomach pain or queasiness brought on by anxiety
Meaning: a piece of snot or a booger
It’s Monkeys Outside!
Meaning: It’s really cold outside!
Meaning: puke or vomit
Meaning: to be in a total state of chaos
Spend A Penny
Meaning: use the bathroom
Meaning: completely naked
Meaning: everything is great (everything is tickety-boo)
Meaning: to be in a really bad situation
Meaning: someone who is really lazy or useless
Meaning: to be ill-tempered
See A Man About a Dog
Meaning: something you say as an excuse for leaving in order to conceal your actual destination e.g. the bathroom
Off One’s Trolley
Meaning: crazy or out of one’s mind
Meaning: completely drunk
Meaning: to be fired
Lose The Plot
Meaning: to go crazy
Meaning: to be really rich
Meaning: to be really tired
I’m Off To Bedfordshire!
Meaning: I’m going to bed!
Meaning: to be amazed
Meaning: to be completely clueless
Meaning: somebody who is loudly opinionated