British Slang: Our guide to help you understand what Londoners are talking about.
The British use a lot of slang words and sayings that are not very common in other English speaking countries. There is cockney slang which are sayings that rhyme with the word they are meaning to say e.g if someone says to you, "you’re having a giraffe" they mean; you’re having a Laugh.
The British use too many unique English words and sayings to list, so we have made a shortlist of the ones we feel you should learn and know.
General Slang Definitions:
Banger: is a sausage. E.g. Bangers and mash.
Bill: the police.
Blag: to con or scam.
The Bollocks: means its good/the best.
Chav: council housing and vulgar (some say violent). You will know when you see one. They are in decline since many went to prison over the London riots for stealing stuff like socks. Not one book store was damaged in the London riots, which says a lot about the Chav community. They are usually unruly, young and uneducated and dress in designer sports wear.
Chelsea Tractor: an expensive 4x4 car, often seen clogging up the roads of West London.
Donkeys Years: a long time.
Gaff: someone's/or your house.
Geezer: term for a man (a diamond geezer is a great man).
Guvnor: is the boss.
Hair of the Dog: to resume drinking the morning after a big night and hangover.
Innit: a questioning statement/street talk.
Jammy Bastard: someone who is lucky.
Bog or Lav: the toilet.
Lock in: being one of the chosen few allowed to stay and drink after the pub closes.
Minging: Unpleasant, smelly, dirty, ugly.
Muppet: an idiot.
Nutter: someone who is borderline crazy.
Pikey: a traveller/gypsy usually from Irish descent who lives in a caravan based community. They are not popular when they decide to reside in your town/area. Think Brad Pitt in Snatch.
Plonker: a fool or idiot.
Scarper: to exit hurriedly/make an escape. “We had to scarper out of there.”
Snog: a long passionate kiss.
Take the Piss: to ridicule/tease/exploit. “The government is taking the piss with these taxes.”
Tight as a ducks arse: cheap, miserly with money i.e. water tight.
Toff: a wealthy and rich person of the upper class. Likely to wear Rupert the bear trousers.
Wanker: an idiot.
Wags: refers to wife and girlfriends of stars. Originated from English Football.
Cockney (Rhyming) Slang
“Ayrton Senna” - is ten (tenner) pounds.
"Apples and Pears" - stairs.
“Battle Crusier”- is another name for a pub as it rhymes with Boozer.
“Butchers Hook”- means to have a look.
"Dog and Bone"- means phone.
“Frog and Toad”- means road.
“Having a Girraffe”- means having a laugh.
“Lady Godiva”- 5 pounds (fiver).
“Pete Tong”- wrong.
“Ruby Murray”- curry.
"Rub a-dub-dub" - pub.
“Trouble and strife” – wife