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had to Un-learn it to communicate with the rest of the world, this just HAD to be included! I grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. Although that doesn't make me a Cockney, Southend was the traditional holiday resort for Cockneys, and many of them have now retired to the area. Therefore there is a large Cockney influence. The true definition of a Cockney is someone who was born within hearing distance of Bow Bells, London. Adam & Eve = Believe (as in would you Adam & Eve it?!?) Alan Whickers = Knickers Apples & Pears = Stairs Boat race = Face (as in ugly boat) Butchers Hook = Look (as in take a butcher's at that!) Cane & Abel = Table Dog & Bone = Telephone Duke of York = Fork Jam Jar = Car Pen & Ink = Stink (as in it pen & inks in here!) Plates of Meat = Feet Pork Pie = Lie - to tell a lie (as in are you telling porkies?) Tilbury Docks = Socks 2 & 8 = State (as in getting into a right 2 & 8)
. Quid = One pound sterling Rabbit (verb) = To Chat On and On Sleeping Policeman = Speed Bump Strop = Bad Mood Stroppy = Argumentative Tad = Little Wonky = Unstable (as in "that looks wonky") Yonks = Ages (as in "that went on for yonks") . Firecracker.) = Carried Away Peckish = Hungry Put paid to .Everyday Slang Words Argy-bargy = Heated Argument Agro = Hassle Back of Beyond = Middle of Nowhere Banger = Sausage. or Old Car Busker = Street Performer Butty = Sandwich (as in a "bacon butty") Chuffed = Pleased Cuppa = Cup of Tea Doddle = Easy Task (as in "that was a doddle") Dodgy = Suspect (as in "that looks a bit dodgy") Lad = Boy Lass = Girl Naff = Worthless or Useless Over the Moon = Delighted.. Elated Over the Top (O.T.. = Put an end to .T..
I need to spend a penny Swings and roundabouts = Refers to a situation where positive and negative balances out .that's all there is to it Daft as a brush = Stupid Full of beans = Very lively and energetic .Everyday Slang Expressions All the world and his wife = a large number of people .she's full of beans today Hollow legs = Refers to someone who could seemingly eat all day. and never fill up .it's swings and roundabouts Take the micky (mick/Michael) = to laugh at someone .are you taking the micky? Thick as two short planks = Stupid Thin on the ground = Scarce Throw a wobbly = Get very angry Works like a Trojan = Works very hard .we went shopping and seemed to meet the world and his wife Bob's your uncle = There you go .you have hollow legs Keep your pecker up = Try to remain cheerful even if times are difficult Pipped at the post = Beaten at the last minute Spend a penny = Go to the toilet .
though now often attributed to the type of people who spend their days surfing the net." In West Yorkshire this has mutated to "blathered". . but is also used "down south". as in "He was completely bladdered. This has been slightly corrupted to become "bog standard". In the factory there were several versions of the same car with optional extras. and these monkeys were made of brass because brass contracts and expands at a different rate to the iron of the cannon balls.A term that has more associations with the north of England. Bostin' . Box . put your back into it you big girl's blouse!" Bladdered . hence "cold enough to freeze the balls on a brass monkey".Fat person.. the sort of thing that keen DIYers get up to . Bloater .Man.As well as meaning the specific drink. Banged up .This saying has nothing to do with the genitalia of metal simians. Anorak A geek or nerd. Bog . as in "Let's see what's on the box tonight. an "anorak" is always male. . normally in a secretive fashion like a bribe.A term that has been used since the 80s. as in "Did you hear John got banged up for that blag?" Beer . If it was really cold. The sort of thing your uncle might say to you. "beer" can also sometimes be used to refer to anything alcoholic..Toilet. unfashionable and possibly a trainspotter. Cold enough to freeze the balls on a .building their own sports car. thus stopping the balls freezing together. Bloke . A "monkey" was the plate on which cannon balls stood on warships. the balls still froze together. Standard". B Backhander . Brolly – Umbrella .Water. Bog standard . but the basic car crate with no extras was the "Box. as in "Where's me beer gone?" Big girl's blouse .Television. Normally used as a term to playfully ridicule a young man who is a bit soft and shy.Completely standard. it's actually a naval expression." Brass monkey. It's a comparatively recent phrase which came from the type of kit car you could buy.A payment given.To be put in prison.Very drunk. as in "Come on.A Adam's ale .(Birmingham) More than good. though.
It is interesting to note that the Anangu Aboriginals of central Australia refer to tourists who climb Uluru (Ayer's Rock) as "minga". Family way. Comes from the criminal underworld of the 60s. F Fag . 'Er indoors .Pregnant. or suffering from the effects of something a little stronger.Pregnant. Doing time.. . short for "cobblers awls". doing porridge. Chelsea smile . extreme. Chronic . . .A term for a tourist that also means "ant". To be in the . Drang .Cockney rhyming slang. as in fish and chips. also meaning "ants".Very drunk. the Kray era.To pull/get off with/score with someone.. E Emmett (Cornwall) . as in "That's a right load of old cobblers" or as a one word disagreement "Cobblers!" Codswallop . as in "I've got chronic headache. Used as a general swear word much in the way "balls" is. D Daft a'pe'th . as in "He's talking codswallop. applied to tourists due to their propensity to swarm over things in a manner similar to a disturbed ant's nest. Meaning the one at home..The scar you get when you have been cut ear to ear is known as a Chelsea smile.Good. Cobblers . the English call them chips. "balls". Cushty .To throw up..Americans call the fries. doing stir . Made popular by the character Arthur Daley from the TV series Minder. as in "He's got a cushty set-up going there.Bun in the oven. Chips ..Terrible.Serving your time in prison.Slang term for a curry." Chunder .Rubbish." Cuzzer .Yorkshire term for an idiot ("plonker" would be the more common term in the south)." Cop off . C Caned .(North Devon) very narrow lane. To have a .. normally at a party or night club.Cigarette.The wife.
whose policy was that anyone looking to take one of his horses out had to have the one in the first stall by the door. M .Sex.If someone is homely they are skilled in the arts of the home. How's yer father.To laze around. who when chatting up two girls will honour a prior agreement in which one of them will "take the grenade".A common UK term for the local public house.as in "Fancy a bit of how's yer father?" K Knackered . i. which would over-tire the horse.Man.A modern term that comes from club culture.Loud.Ears.e. Someone might want to take out a horse that had recently been out. "grenade" has become a derogatory term for any member of the opposite sex. and "Hobson's Choice" prevented this from happening. From this behaviour.Tired. rather than being able to pick the best one. To "have it large" means to go all-out to have a good time. L Lairy . He did this to ensure that all his horses were evenly used.A rare thing. as in "Have you been to the flicks recently?" G Geezer . Homely . H Hen's teeth . Hobson's Choice .(North Devon) Tourist.To have Hobson's Choice is to have no choice at all. brash. as in "He's really lairy. Local . cop off with the minging one. Lugs . Grockel . seldom found.Toilet." Larging it . Grenade . Loo . Similar to the phrase "up for it"." Lollop .Cinema.An ugly girl.Flicks . The phrase comes from a coachhouse-keeper in Cambridge (after whom "Hobson's Ditch" which runs alongside Trumpington Street is also named). This comes from the altruistic motives of two lads. as in "I'll see you down the local at eight.
To buy a pig in a poke is to buy something that you haven't checked over and know very little about. One of the guards accompanying the prisoner was not allowed to go into the ale house and had to stay to mind the cart. The origin of this phrase is a bit creepy. as in "Did you watch the Arsenal match. for example "If I see you round my manor again you're dead!" Minging . area. O One for the road . normally applied Palaver . as in "Don't be a muppet. This was their "one for the road". nonsense. When prisoners were condemned to be hanged at Tyburn in London they were taken there on a waggon.Drunk. Usually associated with the criminal underground. giving us another modern saying.Broken down. Nutcase . It can be used as an exclamation of frustration (much in the way that "arse" is) or to describe something that is bad or rubbish.Stuff. Muppet . In olden days when people went to market a common trick was to put a cat .Malarkey . wasn't it pants?" Sometimes prefixed by "a load of old" or "complete"." Also associated with illicit substances. According to the OED. Manor .A bother or a fuss. Probably derived from the sagging shape of a pear.A last drink before going home." N Nonce .Someone who rats on a criminal.A serious bout of hunger after or during a drinking spree. disgusting. painful. May have come from the Irish word "mullachan" meaning "strongly built boy" or "ruffian".Territory. He was described as being "on the waggon" and could not have a drink. Pee . Pants .A slightly old-hat name for sex. as in "I've got the munchies.A 90s term that is currently very popular. common in Carry On films.When something has "gone pear-shaped" it has gone wrong.A foolish or stupid person. P Packed in . Munchies . turf.To urinate. Nookie . palaver comes from the Portuguese palavra meaning word. I can't believe you're gonna do that. man. Their last request was to be given the choice of a drink at any ale house along the way. Pig in a poke . Pear-shaped . but its meaning has been corrupted over the years. as in "I was totally minging last night" or "My head is really minging". Originally palaver was a prolonged conversation or discussion.nutterMadman.
Shattered . Ring-piece . From the same situation we get a second saying. Shrapnel . R Rag .To go to the toilet (for men). I suppose. but also used to mean tiredness as in "I'm totally shagged. as in "That curry I had last night has scorched my ring-piece. Point Percy at the porcelain . i.To throw up. "to let the cat out of the bag". Plonker . This has to do with the fifteenth century or so when a thatched roof was the favourite place for animals to live.To urinate (for men). but modern usage is as a euphemism for taking cocaine. but when it rained. as in "Dave's just nipped off to powder his nose." Rubber .Tired.Condom." Prat . Siphon the python . the roof would get soggy. so he had to walk along behind. The idea was to sell it without letting the person look into the bag." Shake hands with the unemployed . and the cats and dogs would fall into the house (or. Powder your nose .To go to the toilet (for men). Puke . Cats were pretty much worthless while piglets were prized. Raining cats and dogs .Newspaper or magazine.Very drunk.To walk.e.The term used to describe the inordinately large amount of small change discovered in your pocket after a piss up. . S Shag . Going on . Shanks's pony.Idiot.A pencil eraser. just slide off from time to time). to reveal the (unpleasant) surprise.or kitten into a bag (a poke) and tell unwary or gullible members of the public that it was a fine piglet. The original Shanks's pony was a horse-drawn lawnmower with nowhere for the driver to sit..A stupid person.Heavy rain.Relatively common term for the anus.To have sex.Originally a euphenism for going to the toilet. Rubber johnny . .. Plastered .
Children "go for a wee" when they need to go to the toilet.To be willing to have a good time. What they produce is known as "wee-wee".Drunk or tired.Money.Stupid. Wedge . Wrecked . Tooled-up . . usually with improvised weapons like bottles or sticks. Window licker . W Wazzock . Stag night . U Up for it .Slash .To go to the toilet. Produce a . as in "It's right taters today." Technicolour yawn. Taters (pronounced Tay-ters) .Also referred to as a "stag do".Common term for getting very drunk. Squire . this is the traditional last party thrown by a bachelor before he gets married (known as a "bachelor party" in the US and "buck's night" in Australia). Y . Examples of its use are "I got paid a fair old wedge for doin' that job" or "Are you wedged-up and ready to go ?" Wee . as in "There was a right ruck dahn the pub last night and then these headcases got tooled-up!" Trashed . from the appearance of a number of folded notes.To go to the toilet.A general term of address towards a man.. as in "We got completely trashed last night.To throw up. as in "I'm going for a slash.Foolish person.Very drunk.Cold.Euphemism for toilet." Smallest room in the house .To urinate (generally for men).To arm oneself.A name for the sort of nutter who sits next to you on the bus and does something weird. similar to "guvnor". normally after consuming too much alcohol. Thick as two short planks . T Take a leak ." Trolleyed . Also (for a woman) to be sexually available.. V Visit the little girl's (or boy's) room .
or in a moment of exhaustion shouting "Crikey. for example. bug's whiskers!". banging your thumb with a hammer and crying "Oh. A footnote on English swear words There was once a time when words like "crikey". derived from yonder.Over there. . like. as in "Yon tree" meaning "That tree over there". I'm absolutely keggered!" These days however real expletives are perfectly acceptable and so the traditional English swear word substitute has gone the way of the dodo. Although not actually rude the important thing was they sounded rude and so sufficed in an instance of swear word necessity.Yon . "blimey". "sugar" and "bug's whiskers" were in common usage.