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75 Simple British Slang Phrases You Should Probably Start Using

75 Simple British Slang Phrases 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 phrases that you might like to work into your daily vernacular, as they can pepper any conversation with a little extra something.

  1. Aggro: Aggressive/in someone’s face.
  2. “Are you having a laugh?”: Statement of incredulity, like “you’ve got to be kidding”, and such. “You think I’ll hire your brother after he gets out of prison for armed robbery? Are you having a laugh?”
  3. Argy-bargy: Quarrelsome, arguing.
  4. Arse: One’s backside/buttocks.
  5. Arsed: Bothered. “I can’t be arsed to go to my cousin’s third wedding.”
  6. Balls-up: “Gone wrong”, as in a situation that hasn’t gone according to plan.
  7. Barmy: Crazy, insane.
  8. Bimble: An ambling walk.
  9. Biscuit arsed: Dirty, filthy.
  10. Bog: Toilet/restroom.
  11. Bog roll: Toilet paper.
  12. Bollocks: Nonsense.
  13. Buggered: Worn out, broken, ruined.
  14. Catch flies: To sit with one’s mouth hanging open.
  15. Chav: An ignorant, trashy, lower-class person.
  16. Cheeky: Playfully impertinent. “Did you just whistle at that old lady? You cheeky monkey.”
  17. Chin-wag: A chat or brief conversation.
  18. Chuffed: Pleased, delighted.
  19. Clanger: A mistake.
  20. Cock up: Make a mess of something. “He really cocked up his job interview when he mentioned that he’d shagged the boss’s daughter.”
  21. Collywobbles: Nervousness; butterflies in the stomach.
  22. Crease up: To laugh heartily (so one’s face creases up).
  23. Crumpet: A sexually desirable person.
  24. Dodgy: Suspicious, dubious. “I ate a dodgy curry last night and now my stomach’s off.”
  25. Dogsbody: The person who takes care of most tasks, especially menial ones.
  26. Drop a clanger: To make an obvious mistake or terrible faux-pas.
  27. Dull as dishwater: Exceedingly, horribly boring or plain.
  28. Ear-bashing: A severe reprimand. “He got a right ear-bashing after crashing his dad’s car into that buffalo.”
  29. Fall arse over tit: Take a tumble/head over heels.
  30. Gammy: Injured, lame, or painful. “My gran’s had a gammy leg ever since she fell off a horse.”
  31. “Get stuffed!”: An angry rebuke, similar to “Go f*ck yourself!”
  32. Giddy kipper: An overly excitable person.
  33. Ginger: A red-haired person.
  34. Gobby: Offensively outspoken.
  35. Gobsmacked: Stunned/utterly blown away.
  36. Grotty: Unpleasant/disgusting.
  37. Gutted: Devastated. “She was gutted after her boyfriend left her for her nephew.”
  38. Knackered: Exhausted.
  39. Legless: So drunk, one has difficulty standing.
  40. Liquid lunch: A meal that consists mostly of alcohol, rather than food.
  41. Lost the plot: Lost one’s mind/gone senile. “My great-uncle thinks he’s an admiral with the United Federation of Planets, but of course, he lost the plot years ago.”
  42. Lurgy: The flu, or other illness that makes you feel horrible.
  43. “Mad as a bag of ferrets”: Utterly and completely insane.
  44. Manky: Disgusting. “The chicken you left on the counter for a week has gone manky.”
  45. Miffed: Irked.
  46. Moggy: Cat.
  47. Muck up: Ruin something.
  48. Murder: Devour. “I could murder a sandwich right now.”
  49. Naff: Unfashionable.
  50. Nethers: Euphemism for genitals.
  51. Pants: Rubbish. “She said the film was pants, but I rather liked it.”
  52. Peckish: Slightly hungry.
  53. Peevish: Petulant and sullen.
  54. Plonk: Horrible, cheap wine.
  55. Prat: An idiot.
  56. Rubbish: Terrible, crap. “I’m totally rubbish at math—can’t even add.”
  57. Sad arse: Pathetic person.
  58. Sausage fest: An event that has a disproportionate amount of males to females… like a comic convention.
  59. Shag: Have sex.
  60. Shattered: Worn out, exhausted.
  61. Shufflebutt: A restless, fidgety person.
  62. Slag: A contemptible person; possibly a promiscuous one.
  63. Smarmy: Creepy, sleazy.
  64. Smashing: Brilliant, wonderful.
  65. Snog: To make out/fool around.
  66. Snookered: Defeated/thwarted.
  67. “Sod it.”: “I give up.” Used in a sentence: “I’ll never understand this math problem. Sod it, let’s go down to the pub.”
  68. Sprog: A child/offspring.
  69. Starkers: Naked.
  70. Taking the piss: Making fun of something.
  71. Tosh: Rubbish/nonsense.
  72. Tosser: A contemptible idiot.
  73. Twee: Overly dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint. “Her bunny-themed tea set is so utterly twee.”
  74. Wazzock: Imbecile.
  75. Wonky: Unstable. “The table leg’s a bit wonky; you might want to slide a book under it.”

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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