British people have a wide range of slang words that aren’t used anywhere else in the world. The slang is its own niche, and over time the words have evolved and changed as they have moved from city to city across Britain.
While American slang is fairly well known across the world through music and television, British slang is mostly still a mystery to the rest of the world.
Thankfully this small guide to popular British slang words will teach you everything you need to know about British slang. Some of the words are cute, some of them are interesting, some of them are funny and some of them are fairly rude!
Here are 25 of our favourite British slang words.
Cock-up – Screw up
Tosser – Idiot
Give you a bell – Ring your mobile.
Aggro – Aggressive
Bloody – Damn
Are you having a laugh? – Are you joking?
She gave him a right ear bashing – She lectured him.
Arse – Butt
I’m not arsed – I’m not bothered.
Ballsed up – Made a mistake.
Wanker – Idiot
Dull as dishwater – Very boring.
Fall arse over tit – Falling over.
Giddy Kipper – An excited person.
Toff – An upper class person
Gammy – Injured
Gobby – Someone who is outspoken.
The Bees Knees – Something that is really good.
Going out on a bender – Going out and getting very drunk.
Moggy – Cat
Apples and pears – Stairs
Naff – Uncool or unfashionable.
A quid – £1
Tenner – £10
Fiver – £5
Loo – Toilet