British slang is something that most non-Brit’s have trouble understanding. British slang is a cross of British and American English butchered with slang and idioms. Proverbs are often backward, upside down, and frequently incomprehensible.
Brit did not create some of the British Slang “Britlish™” on the Move™ Brit defines all the examples for you. Some of these originate from Northern England slang and are understood by most from this region. Others are cockney rhyming slang, widely known by all in England. Several of these can’t be explained and are simply Nikkism’s ™.
Whenever I use British slang, proverbs, or idioms throughout my blog, I will refer back to this page to follow along.
Additionally, this list of British slang will continue to evolve. I will add more Britlish as I go along! Feel free to remind me of any I have missed or any other phrases you have wondered about! If you have some of your own that you want to share, please do.
Enjoy; if nothing else, you will get a giggle from some of these!
What is an Idiom, Proverb, or Slang?
- an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket or hang one’s head, or from the general grammatical rules of a language, as the table round for the round table, and that is not a constituent of a larger expression of like characteristics.
- A language, dialect, or style of speaking peculiar to a people.
- a short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin that expresses some commonplace truth or useful thought effectively; adage; saw.
- A wise saying or precept; a didactic sentence.
- a specialized dictionary covering the words, phrases, and idioms that reflect the least formal speech. These terms are often metaphorical and playful and are likely to be evanescent as the spoken language changes from one generation to another. Much slang belongs to specific groups, as the jargon of a particular class, profession, or age group. Some are vulgar. Some slang terms have staying power as slang, but others transition into everyday informal speech, and then into the standard language. An online slang dictionary, such as the Dictionary.com Slang Dictionary, provides immediate information about the meaning and history of a queried term and its appropriateness or lack of appropriateness in a range of social and professional circumstances.
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