Writing an article about British slang is bound to provoke shouts from language purists: ‘That’s not correct English!’ In some ways, they’re right. Slang is usually absent from English dictionaries and is often different in each region around the world where English is the official language. You probably never hear any of the words listed below in your English lessons. But if one day you enter a pub in England itself, especially in a university town, chances are that a few of these phrases will come in handy.
Here are our Top 10 Essential Phrases.
- Oh no, here he comes, he’s the biggest douche in the world. Let’s go.
An unkind term to refer to someone who you don’t like and cannot stand – a real fool. The term has been popular in North America for many years but is also now used in other English speaking countries.
- Hey bro, nice kicks you’ve got there.
Shoes, especially trainers (in American English ‘sneakers’).
- Hey peeps, how you all doing?!
Group of people, usually good friends.
- The second date went so badly, I wasn’t surprised when she just ghosted me.
Suddenly stopping all communication with someone who you are dating, conveying the message you are no longer interested in them.
- On fleek
- Your make up is so on fleek, I love it.
Fashionable, looking great, on trend.
- Hey, do you wanna see a movie tonight? Yeah, whatevs.
Short for whatever. Used when saying that you don’t really mind what happens.
- No way can I come out tonight, I’m completely skint.
Adjective used to describe not having enough money. Broke, poor.
- Throwing shade
- She’s brave, throwing shade all over his performance like that when actually she isn’t that good herself.
To disrespect someone, to talk about other people in a negative way. Publicly criticise another person.
- I love this track, it’s one of my faves.
Abbreviation used in speaking and in informal writing for favourite.
- To bail
- Yeah, Ali ain’t coming, she’s bailed on us.
Fail to turn up.
There you have it you have now expanded your youth dictionary and can enter any pub in the UK and hold a conversation. Which ones had you heard of? Any more you want to know the meaning of? Let us know via the comment box.