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A glossary of modern English slang :
slang expressions are regularly used in
contemporary English, specially in Britain. Some of them are well
but most are recent or new words or phrases.
some exceptions (e.g. for contrast), this
list does not include a lot of very
words that appear
in all good dictionaries. It does not include SMS or "text" language.
It does not
dialectal or regional
slang, unless these are understood well beyond their region; it does
not include swear words or "bad language". Words marked "impolite"
avoided in most situations.
for students: It is not advisable
for the learner of English to "learn" slang. Most slang words are
either short-lived, or else
regional (dialect). London slang from the
would for instance be largely incomprehensible to a New Yorker in the
very boring person,
person who has no character.
extremely angry (as in "He'll go ballistic when he hears that")
have a bash: (1)
try to do something, (2) have a party.
blab: talk, give
talk in persuasive language (blag in,
blag out). (Do not
confuse with brag,
away by: very impressed by.
on the box:
television, on TV.
really good, brilliant.
round doing nothing.
teenager or young person, with no social aspirations, and probably
chick : girl
out: stop being excited,
become calm. (c.f. cool it.)
for a Chinese: have a take-away Chinese meal.
fish and chip shop
it: don't get excited, be
more calm, calm down.
up: (1) disintegrate under pressure, (2) laugh
(impolite): excrement, shit,
something with no value.
(out): go to bed, go
it out: shut up, stop talking.
up (adjective): distressed, sad.
burgle, steal from
I'm easy; I don't mind, I have no
preference one way or the other.
disconcerted (and unfazed: cool,
(noun): (GB) cigarette: (USA) homosexual, gay.
flak: criticism, blame, take the blame
hospital for mentally retarded people, asylum.
thousand (pounds or dollars)
cannabis. 2. An informer. (also supergrass).
(verb): to give information about someone (to the police or the
very annoyed, very angry with oneself
keep your hair on: stay calm,
don't get alarmed
half a mo' :
wait a minute,
hold it !
lend a: help.
of a (adjectival expression): enormous,
he's on a high: elated, in a
very good mood.
he's high: he's under the
influence of drugs.
hold it ! :
hold on! : hold it,
in the wall: cash
distributor, cash machine, ATM
he's got the hump....
: he's (very) angry with ...
iffy: dubious, of
someone up: (GB) wake
someone up: (USA - impolite) have sex with someone.
the knot: get married.
man who tries to be popular with other lads, see lager lout.
(Traditionally, a lad
is just a Scottish word meaning a boy
or young man)
female version of lad
male who drinks too much cheap beer.
lass: girl, young
lady (Traditional Scottish word)
mad, stupid, idiotic.
naff: of poor quality, rubbish
really good, appreciated.
person who is
passionately interested in computers.
(verb): take, steal
the place you live in.
identification number used at a hole in the wall.
away, stop it
off, as in
off: You bore or annoy me.
angry, fed up
plastic bank card, Visa card etc.
pills: take drugs
up: tense, anxious
vomit, be sick
to rat on someone: to give
information about someone.
hit the: go to
with... : have sex with...
: person who spends their time looking at their computer,
mobile phone or TV - neologism based on the words screen and teenager,
though applicable to all ages.
have a screw
loose: be mentally retarded.
extort money from a person, overcharge for something. (b) (impolite)
have sex with a person.
it up: do something
very badly, fail at something (e.g. an exam)
up with: live
very tired, distressed
haschich, something bad, bad, or just an expletive.
down to: go quickly to...(e.g. shoot down to the station).
up: inject a drug (such as heroin).
take a: be absent from work
because you are (or are pretending to be) sick.
avoid work, avoid going to work.
someone off: to
say unpleasant things about someone to other people.
woman who sleeps around with different men.
have sex with lots of different people.
the night at someone else's house.
a hard s.:
something very difficult.
the influence of
suss out: work out,
find the solution
swift one: a quick drink.
turn on or turn off (TV, etc.)
seeling take-away food.
up: vomit, be sick
he's twisted: he is a bit
(impolite) stupid person, un-cool person
do a: cycle
with the front wheel in the air.
wind up: to tease or
try to deliberately aggravate someone
yug, yuggy: disgusting, unpleasant
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