An American Guide to British Slang
The English will be the first to tell you that there's a difference between British English and American English. Not only will you hear a different accent when you visit Great Britain, but you'll hear words and phrases that aren't used in the United States.
Don't be caught off guard. Here's your guide to common British slang and what the words mean.
Meaning: A word to express happy surprise
Wife: "Honey, I'm pregnant!"
Meaning: A minor curse word, like damn. If used as an adjective, it gives emphasis, like very.
"Where are my bloody keys?!"
Meaning: Expressing disbelief
"That story he told was complete bollocks."
Meaning: A lighthearted way to call someone rude or disrespectful
Friend 1: "Have you gained weight?"
Friend 2: "Well, aren't you cheeky?"
Meaning: Thank you, a salutation or used in a toast to celebrate
Friend 1: "I brought you a cookie."
Friend 2: "Cheers, mate!"
Meaning: To screw up or ruin something
Friend 1: "Did you hear Joe got into a fender bender?"
Friend 2: "Yeah, he really cocked up his bumper."
Meaning: Very happy
"My husband planned a two-week vacation to France, and I'm really chuffed!"
"This is cracking stew, mom."
Meaning: A party, event
"Are you going to Kayla's do? I hear it will be at a lovely restaurant."
Meaning: Something not right
Friend 1: "Do you see that man talking to Beth?"
Friend 2: "Yes, he seems a bit dodgy."
Meaning: A cigarette
"I took my mom's fags and flushed them down the toilet. Maybe she'll quit smoking."
Meaning: Have a look at (crane your neck like a goose to see)
"Get a gander at that cat up in the tree."
Meaning: Desperately wanting
"I'm gagging to make the basketball team."
Meaning: Shocked, astounded
Worker 1: "I heard they laid off 25 percent of the workers.
Worker 2: "I know; I'm absolutely gobsmacked."
Meaning: Very disappointed
"I'm gutted from being stood up. I really liked her."
Meaning: A skirmish
Mom: "I got a call from your school today."
Son: "Aww, mom, it was just a kerfuffle. No one got hurt."
"After working 60 hours this week, I am simply knackered and going straight to bed."
"I'd like to introduce you to my mate, Jill."
Meaning: Dirt as a noun, or to screw up as a verb
Mom: "Did you just muck up my kitchen floor?"
Daughter: "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realize there was muck on my shoes."
Meaning: Classy or fancy
"My grandma is so posh, she puts Victoria Beckham to shame."
Meaning: Very or extremely, as well as the way things should be done; correct
Friend 1: "This is a proper omelet."
Friend 2: "Thanks, I used a proper recipe straight out of Gordon Ramsay's cookbook."
"That play was absolute rubbish. My dog could have acted better in it."
Taking the Piss
Meaning: Mock something or someone
Friend 1: "You look nice today."
Friend 2: "Are you taking the piss?"
Friend 1: "No, I mean it.
"I got a brand new pair of trainers for my birthday, but my brother stepped on my foot and mucked them up."
Meaning: Jerk (although slightly more offensive and used as a curse word)
"That teacher gave me an F. She's a real wanker!"