Mate’ – one of the commonly used terms of endearment and affection in British slang terms. Used when you are talking to a close friend, and is often easily substituted for the American ‘buddy’, ‘pal’, or ‘dude’.
For example, ‘Alright, mate?’
‘Knackered’ – a great word and phrase used by Britons to describe their tiredness and exhaustion, in any given situation. Often substituted in friendly circles for ‘exhausted’.
For example, ‘I am absolutely knackered after working all day.’
‘Lost the plot’ -is one that can actually be discerned by examining the words themselves. To ‘lose the plot’ can mean either to become angry and/or exasperated to a fault, or in a derogatory – if slightly outdated sense – to mean someone who has become irrational and/or acting ridiculously.
For example, ‘When my girlfriend saw the mess I’d made, she lost the plot.’
‘Cheers’ –doesn’t quite have the same meaning that it does in other counties – of course, it still means ‘celebrations’ when toasting a drink with some friends, but in British slang, it also means ‘thanks’ or ‘thank you’.
For example, ‘Cheers for getting me that drink, Steve’.
`Taking The Piss ´– given the British tendency to mock and satirise anything and everything possible, ‘taking the piss’ is in fact one of the most popular and widely-used British slang terms. To ‘take the piss’ means to mock something, parody something, or generally be sarcastic and derisive towards something.
For example, ‘The guys on TV last night were taking the piss out of the government again.’
`Bollocks ´-perhaps one of the most internationally famous British slang terms, ‘bollocks’ has a multitude of uses, although its top ones including being a curse word used to indicate dismay, e.g. ‘Oh bollocks’; it can also be used to express derision and mocking disbelief, e.g. ‘You slept with Kate Upton last night? Bollocks…’; and, of course, it also refers to the scrotum and testicles.
For example, ‘I kicked him right in the bollocks when he wouldn’t let me go past.’
`Dodgy´ –In British slang terms, ‘dodgy’ refers to something wrong, illegal, or just plain ‘off’, in one way or another.
For example, it can be used to mean illegal – ‘He got my dad a dodgy watch for Christmas’; it can be used to mean something food-related that is nauseous or nauseating – ‘I had a dodgy kebab last night and I don’t feel right.; and it can also be used as a pejorative – ‘He just seems dodgy to me.’
`Scrummy´-One of the more delightful British slang terms in this list, ‘scrummy’ is used as a wonderfully effusive term for when something is truly delicious and mouth-wateringly good.
For example, ‘Mrs Walker’s pie was absolutely scrummy. I had three pieces.’
Oh, ‘wanker’-Possibly the best British insult on the list, it fits a certain niche for a single-worded insult to lobbied out in a moment of frustration, anger, provocation, or, of course, as a jest amongst friends. ‘Wanker’ fits the closest fit by ‘jerk’ or ‘asshole’, but to a slightly higher value.
For example, ‘That guy just cut me up in traffic – what a wanker!.
`Beaut´/`class´/`mint´/`ace ´= something really good. `Minging´/`rank´/`gross´= something disgusting.
`Ta´/`cheers´= thank you. `Hiya`,` are you alright´?= Hello, how are you ?
`Chap´/`lad´/ `mate´ / `pal´ / `buddy´= boy/friend. `Skint´= to have no money, be broke.
`I´m fuming´ /` raging´ = really angry. `I´m buzzing ´= really excited.
`Gobsmacked´= shocked. `You are doing my head in ´= you are really annoying me.
`A quid´= £1 / `A tener´ = £10 / `A grand´ = £1000.
`Wind somebody up´= to annoy them on purpose .` Go for a kip´= have a nap.
`daft´ = silly or insane (`daft as a brush´). `Push in ´= skip the line.
`Be loaded´ = rich. `Whinge ´/ `moan´= complain.
People in the UK
Scourer = from Liverpool Geordie= Newscastle
Manc= Manchester Cockney= London
Brummie = Birmingham
-Online dictionaries of slang: http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/
-Online dictionaries of acronyms: http://www.acronymfinder.com
-Online freesheet newspapers using slang:
-Websites about slang: http://www.effingpot.com/slang
-Videos: Video 1 about basic British slang
Finally, a list of words for my students , look up the meaning !!!
safe, sorted, sound, cool, wicked to go commando, in the buzz all that jazz
innit to tease, snog would it heck?!
to be wonkers, to go ballistic to filch/nick /nip to be pants
nutter, ripped off smoothie to kiss up to someone
the kitty ,to take a hike to cram, jammed pack to hook somebody up