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75 Simple British Slang Expressions You Should Probably Start Using

Oh, the Brits. No-one can snark quite like they do, and there are certain turns of phrase that are so utterly delightful, the rest of the world really should sit up and take note. Below are just a few common British expressions that you might like to work into your daily vernacular, as they can pepper any conversation with a little extra something. 1. 2. Aggro: Aggressive/in someones face. Are you having a laugh?: Statement of incredulity, like youve got to be kidding, and such. You think Ill hire your brother after he gets out of prison for armed robbery? Are you having a laugh? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Argy-bargy: Quarrelsome, arguing. Arse: Ones backside/buttocks. Arsed: Bothered. I cant be arsed to go to my cousins third wedding. Balls-up: Gone wrong, as in a situation that hasnt gone according to plan. Barmy: Crazy, insane. Bimble: An ambling walk. Biscuit arsed: Dirty, filthy. Bog: Toilet/restroom. Bog roll: Toilet paper. Bollocks: Nonsense. Buggered: Worn out, broken, ruined. Catch flies: To sit with ones mouth hanging open. Chav: An ignorant, trashy, lower-class person. Cheeky: Playfully impertinent. Did you just whistle at that old lady? You cheeky monkey. 17. 18. Chin-wag: A chat or brief conversation. Chuffed: Pleased, delighted.

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Clanger: A mistake. Cock up: Make a mess of something. He really cocked up his job interview when he mentioned that hed shagged the bosss daughter.

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Collywobbles: Nervousness; butterflies in the stomach. Crease up: To laugh heartily (so ones face creases up). Crumpet: A sexually desirable person. Dodgy: Suspicious, dubious. I ate a dodgy curry last night and now my stomachs off.

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Dogsbody: The person who takes care of most tasks, especially menial ones. Drop a clanger: To make an obvious mistake or terrible faux-pas. Dull as dishwater: Exceedingly, horribly boring or plain. Ear-bashing: A severe reprimand. He got a right ear-bashing after crashing his dads car into that buffalo.

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Fall arse over tit: Take a tumble/head over heels. Gammy: Injured, lame, or painful. My grans had a gammy leg ever since she fell off a horse.

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Get stuffed!: An angry rebuke, similar to Go f*ck yourself! Giddy kipper: An overly excitable person. Ginger: A red-haired person. Gobby: Offensively outspoken. Gobsmacked: Stunned/utterly blown away. Grotty: Unpleasant/disgusting. Gutted: Devastated. She was gutted after her boyfriend left her for her nephew. Knackered: Exhausted. Legless: So drunk, one has difficulty standing. Liquid lunch: A meal that consists mostly of alcohol, rather than food.


Lost the plot: Lost ones mind/gone senile. My great-uncle thinks hes an admiral with the United Federation of Planets, but of course, he lost the plot years ago.

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Lurgy: The flu, or other illness that makes you feel horrible. Mad as a bag of ferrets: Utterly and completely insane. Manky: Disgusting. The chicken you left on the counter for a week has gone manky. Miffed: Irked. Moggy: Cat. Muck up: Ruin something. Murder: Devour. I could murder a sandwich right now. Naff: Unfashionable. Nethers: Euphemism for genitals. Pants: Rubbish. She said the film was pants, but I rather liked it. Peckish: Slightly hungry. Peevish: Petulant and sullen. Plonk: Horrible, cheap wine. Prat: An idiot. Rubbish: Terrible, crap. Im totally rubbish at mathcant even add. Sad arse: Pathetic person. Sausage fest: An event that has a disproportionate amount of males to females like a comic convention.

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Shag: Have sex. Shattered: Worn out, exhausted. Shufflebutt: A restless, fidgety person. Slag: A contemptible person; possibly a promiscuous one. Smarmy: Creepy, sleazy. Smashing: Brilliant, wonderful.

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Snog: To make out/fool around. Snookered: Defeated/thwarted. Sod it.: I give up. Used in a sentence: Ill never understand this math problem. Sod it, lets go down to the pub.

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Sprog: A child/offspring. Starkers: Naked. Taking the piss: Making fun of something. Tosh: Rubbish/nonsense. Tosser: A contemptible idiot. Twee: Overly dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint. Her bunny-themed tea set is so utterly twee.

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Wazzock: Imbecile. Wonky: Unstable. The table legs a bit wonky; you might want to slide a book under

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