Slanguage: a useful guide to British slang

Slanguage is a blend word that comes from slang and language. Slang is a particular kind of colloquial language, which comprises extremely informal language; usually known as buzz words. It helps to make speech vivid and colourful and creates group solidarity, but essentially belongs to young people. Though mainly used in speech, it can also be a regular feature in the popular press in England  ( freesheet newspapers or tabloids in England) .


Slang words date quickly, it is extremely difficult to keep up-to-date with brand new slang words, many phrases are used universally, for example the acronyms LOL and OMG ( and for that you can blame rap music, Facebook, twitter, and popular TV programmes like Skins and Hollyhoaks).


Nevertheless, there are different variations according to the area of the UK in which you are. (In London, they use the cockney rhyming slang such as dog and bone ( the phone )I will write another post about cockney rhyming slang soon!!!


In order to illustrate this, I am going to show you an experiment, they gave the same phrase to children in different parts of the country and asked them how they would say it in their own slang , the following might be a case in point :

The phrase they chose was : John´s girlfriend is really pretty. But she got mad with him the other day because he wanted to hang out with his friends rather than take her to the cinema. She got really angry and stormed off. It was very funny.

Holy Family Catholic School, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England

«Jonny’s bird is proper fit and she got in a right beef the other day cos he’d rather chill with his mates than go to the cinema. She got stressed and did one. It was quality haha.»


Cardinal Newman High School, Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland

«John’s burd is well stunnin’. She wis pure mental wae ‘um the other day cos he wantit tae hing aboot wi ‘is pals ‘n no take hur tae the Showcase. She took a hissy ‘n bolted. It wis well funny.»


Phoenix Hign School, Shepherds Bush, West London, England

«John’s chick is proper buff but she switched on her man the other day ‘cos he wanted to jam with his bred’rins instead of taking her out to the cinema. She was proper vexed and dust out. It was bare jokes.»

St Cecilia´s college, Londonberry, Northern Ireland

«John’s girlfriend is pure stunnin’. But she was ragin’ cos he dogged her out of it to got to the pictures with his muckers. She pure went into one and booted. It was some craic.


Rodborough School, Godalming, Surrey, England

 “ John´s girlfriend is well fit, but …he wanna chillo ut wid his m8s rather tan take her to the film. She got like well lairy and she legged it. LOL”.


Article from BBC NEWS -`Say what? A parent´s guide to UK teenager slang´.




London : wasteman ( idiot ) sick ( very good ), buff or peng ( very attractive)

Northern Ireland : craic ( very good )


1.Expressions for money : dosh, bread, the fuzz.

2.Expressions for the police : the pigs, the filth, the cops.

3.Expressions for being drunk : legless, pissed, paralytic, sloshed.

4.Expressions for the lavatory : the loo, the bog, the lav.

5.Expressions for alcohol : bevvy, booze.



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