20 British Slang I’m not afraid to use !

London, British Slang

I’ve been living in the UK for over a decade now- wowzer how did that happen??  As I was thinking about the time I’ve lived abroad and how long I’ve lived away from ‘home’ almost 20 years!!  In that time I spent 8 years in South Carolina and now 11 years in England. 

My accent is a weird Massachusetts/Southern/British mishmash and I love it!  From when I used to drop my R’s (yes more than I do now!) to picking up a bit of a southern drawl and a liking for sweet tea and biscuits and gravy to asking for toMAHto and BAHsil soup it’s all just a lovely wonderful mess!  I thought of all the new words and phrases I’ve picked up along the way.  Each area has it’s own vernacular and slowly these terms creep into your vocabulary. I used to feel a bit of a fraud but honestly I’ve been here so long sometimes I forget the US word for something.   The best thing an Expat can do is roll with it and glory in the wonderful descriptive world of British slang!

When I moved from Massachusetts to South Carolina I learned a bunch of new phrases.  My all time favourite being ‘ a wild hair up my ass’ I mean how can you NOT love that saying?  What does it mean you ask? It means doing something wild, crazy, unexpected & out of character.  My other favourite and often used is ‘fuck all y’all’ and I think that one doesn’t require any explanation.  

This got me thinking about my fav British Slang,

mither

fab

chuffed

gutted

nob

odds and sods (bits and bobs)

skint

gobsmacked

knackered

lost the plot

ace

wanker

dodgy

daft cow

shag

rubish

plonker

nicked

gob/gobby

lush

 

Have a missed your favourite British slang? What would you add to the list? Are there any that I should be using? Come on hit me with your best of British slang!

 

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5 Comments

  1. February 15, 2017 /

    stop being so mardy

    Or

    You got a right cob on

    Suspect they are both Lesta language

    My OH has been here 20 years now! He only came on a one year visa, he still has boxes he’s never unpacked!!

    • February 16, 2017 /

      OMG how could I have forgotten manky! or minging! God I love British slang! Cockwomble is similar to wanker? Ooops I might have used that one wrong ?
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