The Brits love to be confusing with their language. From mystifying old-fashioned phrases to unique slang words, their use of the English language can be baffling even to the native speakers, let alone those just beginning to learn it.
If you are an international student who has recently arrived on British soil, then you might be confuzzled (confused) by the slang words used here, but have no fear because you will pick up on the lingo (language) in no time! Wondering how you will ever learn them all – and “get down with the local kids” (understand them)? Then bob’s your uncle (there you go), we have compiled a handy list of the most common, funny and downright ridiculous British slang words.
Disclaimer: save these words for friends, as some people might think you’re a bit barmy (mad) for using them inappropriately.
Example: "Your new trainers are ace!"
Another word used for breakfast.
Example: "I had toast for brekki."
Another word used for umbrella, (and something you'll probably need in England).
Example: “Don’t forget your brolly today, it looks like it’s going to rain."
This word has a slightly different meaning to other countries. In Britain the word "cheers" can still mean to celebrate over a drink, however British people also use it instead of "thanks" or "thank you".
Example: "Cheers for the cup of tea!"
Used to describe someone that you find attractive.
Example: "Ryan Gosling is so fit!"
To be “gobsmacked” is to be amazed or shocked.
Example: “I was absolutely gobsmacked when I won the lottery!”
To be “gutted” means to be devastated about something, or extremely saddened.
Example: “He was gutted that his girlfriend broke up with him.”
Means to be big and strong.
Example: “Ben lifts weights, that’s why he’s got so hench!”
To be “knackered” means to be exhausted or very tired.
Example: “I am knackered after working all week."
To have the “lurgy” is to have the flu or another illness that makes you feel unwell.
Example: Don't come near me, I've got the lurgy!"
A British term of endearment, usually used when talking to a close friend.
Example: "Alright, mate?"
To be "minted" is to be really rich or wealthy.
Example: "Kim Kardashian is minted!"
Means a mobile telephone. British people do not often use the word cellphone.
Example: "Call me on my mobile."
Used to describe someone who is crazy.
Example: "Susan is a nutter!"
Used to describe someone who is romantically involved with two or more people.
Example: “I don’t think you should go on a date with John, he’s a bit of a player.”
A slang word used in an informal context for British pounds sterling - £.
Example: "It cost me five quid."
A new slang word used by some British teenagers, which means parents.
Example: "I'm going on holiday with my rents."
A new slang word used to describe the action of taking a picture of yourself, usually on your mobile phone.
Example: "My hair looks nice today - let me take a selfie!"
To skive is to avoid doing something.
Example: "Josh has skived off school today!"
In most languages “wicked” usually refers to someone who is evil or very mean, however it is also a British slang word meaning cool.
Example: "Wicked, let's meet up tomorrow!"
Can you think of any other British slang words? Do you and your friends use any? Let us know in the comments below, or share with us on our Facebook page, or on our Twitter!
Written by Alissa Johnson