Here are 6 more English slang expressions to ‘lighten your lingo’ this week.
Slang Expression 1: To pull (verb)
‘Pull’ is similar to the American term ‘hook-up’: it generally means to kiss, but it can also mean relations progress a lot further than just kissing.
Example: Did you know Lucy and Adam are on the pull? They got together at last Saturday’s party…a lot of people managed to pull that night.
Slang Expression 2: To rinse (verb)
Making fun of someone or something is ‘rinsing it’. The classic meaning of ‘rinse’ is ‘pour water over something to clean it’, so the idea is that you’re soaking somebody to point out how silly they are. If the ‘rinsing’ is not verbal – for example, a practical joke – people will often shout ‘rinsed!’ to make sure the victim of the joke knows how ridiculous they look.
Example: Telling everyone you know that you’re scared of the dark is just asking for a rinsing.
Slang Expression 3: To ghost (verb)
Suddenly stopping all communication with someone who you are dating, conveying the message you are no longer interested in them. It is also sometimes used if friends stop communicating or fall out.
Example: The second date went so badly, I wasn’t surprised when she just ghosted me.
Slang Expression 4: Skint (adjective)
Used to describe a situation or time when you do not have enough money. When you are really broke or poor. It can be a short term situation (even one evening) or longer term.
Example: No way can I come out tonight, I’m completely skint.
Slang Expression 5: Lairy (adjective)
‘Lairy’ rhymes with ‘Mary’, but means the exact opposite of a well-behaved, obedient saint. Imagine a football fan stereotype – let’s call him Larry – who is gutted that his team just lost an important match. Because of this, Larry decides to go drinking and then starts looking to start a fight in the street with fans of the winning team. He is obnoxious, confrontational, and most of all, angry.
Example: Larry’s friends: Larry, there’s no need to get all lairy about it! It’s only a football game.
Slang Expression 6: Fit (adjective)
When it comes to describing a person’s looks, ‘fit’ is the opposite of ‘butters’ (another slang expression which means ugly). Of course, ‘fit’ also means that somebody is athletic and in good health, so you really have to pay attention to the context in which it’s used.
Examples: A doctor to a patient: Tests show that you’re fit and healthy.
Woman to a man in a nightclub: You’re fit. Can I have your number?