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American and the British speak the same language, or do we?  The British have a unique use of particular English words that Americans find difficulty in understanding.  If you’re not careful, it’s possible a good natured Brit might try to take the piss with you.  Blimey!  You don’t want to be the brunt of a joke, do you?

While English is my first and only language, I always say I’m bilingual as I’m familiar with both American English and British English.  I had to learn, otherwise I’d be lost when out with friends.

There is no need for you to be confused.  Study the following comprehensive list of British slang before your next trip to London.  I’ve highlighted the most commonly used words or phrases in red.  Now there is no need for you to scratch your head about the meaning of something or find yourself in a precarious situation because you don’t know the language.

With the Ultimate Guide to British slang from A to Zed, you now have an easy reference so you can translate your British friends into an English language you know.  Feel free to download A Gentleman’s Guide to British Slang for when you need a handy guide while you travel.

 

A
AA – abbr – The British Automobile Association, whom you call when your car breaks down.
A&E – n – Accident and Emergency, what Americans would call the Emergency Room.
A – Levels – n – The highest level of secondary education that culminates in a series of standardized tests.
Abattoir – n – A place where an animal is butchered.
Abdabs – n – To be scared or frightened of something.
Absobloodylootely – n – To agree with someone highly in a rather enthusiastic fashion. Somewhat vulgar.
Ace – n – Excellent or wonderful.
Action man – n – The equivalent to the U.S. G.I. Joe or a man that does macho things.
Advert – n – An advertisement or commercial.

Aerial – n – A television antenna, usually located on the roof.
Aeroplane – n – How the British spell ‘airplane’.
Afters – n – Another name for the dessert course at dinner.
AGA – n – A massive cooking range modelled with a vintage look.
Aggro – n – Abbreviation of “aggravation”. Something that is rather annoying.
Agony Aunt – n – A newspaper advice columnist.
Air Biscuit – n – A fart.
Airy-Fairy – adj – Someone who is lacking in strength or ability.
Alcopop – n – Canned or carbonated fruit drinks with alcohol in them.
Aled up – adj – To be drunk as the result of drinking ale.
Alight – v – To disembark or get off a mode of transport like a train or bus.

All fur coat and no knickers – adj – A woman who looks good on the surface but has no substance.
All Mod Cons – n – A home or car with all the modern conveniences.
All mouth and no trousers – adj – To be boastful without justification.
All over the Gaff – n – To be disorganized.
All over the shop – adj – 1. To be disorganized. 2. Everywhere
All to pot – adj – Something that’s gone completely wrong.
Allotment – n – A garden plot in a shared community garden.
Alright! – A simple greeting. It’s not a question asking how you are.
Aluminium – n – It’s just Aluminum.
Amber nectar – n – Lager (beer).
Anchors – n – Brakes on a car.
Ankle-biters – adj – A derogatory term for children.

Anorak – n – 1. A nerd or someone who is geeky about something like a planespotter, trainspotter or Anglophile. 2. A light waterproof jacket perfect for rambling in the countryside.

Answerphone – n – An answering machine. Bit of an outdated term now that voicemail is common.
Anti-clockwise – adv – It means the same thing as ‘counter-clockwise.’
Antenatal – adj – Prenatal care.
Argue the toss-v-To dispute something at length.
Argy-bargy – n – Trouble, noisy or having an argument.
Arrows – n – Another word for darts, the actual darts themselves, not the game.
Arse – n – Buttocks. Arse about Face – Back to front.
Arsehole – n – An asshole.
Arsemonger – n – A Jonathan Thomas person worthy of contempt.

Arse-over-tit – adj – To fall over, often as the result of alcohol. To be intoxicated.
As rare as hen’s teeth – adj – Something that’s rare.
ASBO – n – Anti-social behaviour order – a punishment on people who repeatedly disturb the peace.
Aubergine – n – Otherwise known as an eggplant.
Aussie kiss – n – Oral sex on a woman.
Autumn – n – The British don’t have Fall, they have Autumn, the season that precedes winter.
Axe – n – A guitar.
Axe wound – n – Vagina.

B
Baby batter – n – Semen.
Backhander – n – Bribe.
Back passage – n – Anus.
Back scuttle – n – Anal intercourse.
Badger – v – To annoy someone incessantly.
Bagsie – v – Calling dibs on something. For example, I call bagsies on the front seat of the car.
Bairn – n – Another word for baby, usually used in Scotland.
Baldy notion – n – To have an idea or a clue about something.
Ball bag – n – Scrotum.
Balloon Knot – n- The anus.
Ballsed up – adj – A situation that’s all messed up.
Bally – n – Short for Balaclava, a type of mask that covers your face.
Bare – n – To say that there is a lot of something.

Baltic – n – To describe something as very cold, referring to the Baltic region.
Banger – n – Short term for the traditional English sausage. When served with mashed potatoes, it’s called bangers and mash.
Bang on – adj – Exactly or correct.
Bang out of order – adj – Totally unacceptable.
Bank Holiday – n – A public holiday in the UK. Usually, they don’t have any special meaning other than a day off that allows a long weekend. Christmas, Boxing Day etc are usually Bank Holidays as well.

Bap – n – A bread roll. Baps – n – Another name for a woman’s breasts. Barking – adj – Insane or crazy.

Barmpot – n – A stupid person that has the added distinction of being clumsy.
Barmy – adj – To be crazy or insane.
Barnet – n – Another name for human hair, Cockney roots in the location of Barnet.
Barney – n – To be in big trouble.
Barrister – n – A lawyer that practices in front of higher court judges.
Bash on – interj – To go on regardless of the problems facing you in a situation.
Bean – n – 1. An ecstasy pill 2. The female clitoris.
Bearded clam – n – Female genitalia that’s covered in pubic hair.
Beat the bishop – v – To masturbate.
Beavering – v – To work industriously at something. Not used as much these days because of what the word ‘beaver’ means in American English.

Bee’s Knees The – adj – Something that is awesome and wonderful.
Bedfordshire – n – Bed or bedtime. Said as “I’m off to Bedfordshire.”
Bedsit – n – An apartment where the bedroom serves as the living space similar to a studio apartment.
Beeb – n – Shorthand for the BBC.
Belisha Beacons – n – The yellow flashing lights at a pedestrian crossing in the UK.
Bell-end – n – The end of the male genitalia. Also, an insult to call someone stupid. “Don’t be such a bell-end.”
Belt Up – interj – Shut up.
Bender -n- 1.An epic alcohol drinking session. 2. A derogatory term for a male homosexual.
Bent – n – A derogatory term for a homosexual.
Berk  -n- Anidiotor irritating person.
Bespoke – adj – Something that is custom made for you. i.e. bespoke cabinetry.
Best of British -v-To wish someone good luck.
Bevvy – n – An Alcoholic drink.

Bill, The – n – A slang term for the Police.
Billy-no-mates – n – A person who doesn’t have any friends.
Billy – n – Amphetamine drugs.
Bin – n – A trashcan.
Bin liner – n – A garbage bag that goes in a trash can.
Bin man – n – Garbageman.
Bint – n – A derogatory word for a woman who is just above a prostitute.
Bird -pron- An attractive girl or woman. Biro – n – A ballpoint pen.
Biscuit – n – What Americans call a cookie. As a corollary, it has nothing to do with what Americans call a biscuit.
Bits and bobs – n – Bits and pieces.
Blag – v – To scam something. Blagging is to pretend to be someone else to steal their personal information or access their bank accounts.

Bleeding – adj – Another use of the word bloody.
Blighter – adj – A man or a boy.
Blighty – n – An older term that simply means Britain.

Blimey – interj – Exclamation similar to “Oh no!” or “Oh dear!”
Blinding – adj – Something that is uniquely wonderful
Blink – adj – Something that’s not working. “On the blink.”
Blinking – adj – Damned. Bloke – n – Guy or man.
Bloody – adj – The British equivalent of the word damn and it is considered a mild curse word.
Blooming – adj – A much lighter way to say bloody. The American equivalent would be ‘darn.’
Blow off – v – Fart. Blower – n – Telephone.
Blub – v – To cry.
Bob – n – 5 pence piece (used to be a shilling)
Bob’s your uncle – interj -There you have it!
Bobbie – n – Police officer.
Bobbins – adj – Something that’s crap.

Bodge – v – Something haphazard or cobbled together.
Bodge job – n – A poorly done job.
Bodger – n – A person who works with wood, a wood turner.
Boff – v – To have sexual intercourse.
Boffin – n – Policy wonk or someone that is knowledgeable on a subject.
Bog – n – The toilet.
Bogroll – n – Toilet paper.
Bog standard – n – Normal or average.
Bogie – n pron – A booger.
Boiler – n – An unkind term for an ugly woman.
Bollard – n – a Metal post that usually indicates a place one should not drive into.
Bollocks – n – 1. Male testicles. 2. Something that is rubbish or crap.
Bollocking – n – To be punished severely or told off.
Bolshie – adj – A rebel.
Bolt-hole – n – A hideaway place, usually a country cottage.
Bomb – n – A splendid success.

Bonce – n – The top of one’s head.
Bonfire night – n – Also known as Guy Fawkes Day, fireworks and bonfires are usually held to celebrate the capture of Guy Fawkes.
Bonnet – n – The hood of a car.
Bonny – adj – Scottish for beautiful.
Boot – n – The car’s trunk, opposite of the bonnet.
Boozer – n – A pub or bar.
Boracic – n – Without money. From rhyming slang ‘Boracic Lint’ – Skint.
Bottle – n – To have a lot of nerve. He’s got a lot of bottle!
Bounder – n – A useless person.
Box – n – A rather rude way to refer to the female genitalia.
Boxing Day – n – The day after Christmas. A public holiday where everyone has the day off but doesn’t really have any special meaning anymore.

Braces – n – Suspenders.
Brackets – n – Parentheses. ‘( )’

Brassed Off – adj – To be fed up with something that’s frustrating you. Similar to ‘pissed off’ in American English.
Break wind – v – Fart.
Brekky – n – Breakfast.
Brew – n – A cup of tea.
Brick – n – A person that you can rely on.
Bricking it – n – Someone who is terrified.
Brill – adj – Short for brilliant!
Brilliant! – adj – Exclamation for something that is awesome.
Brolly – n – Umbrella.
Brownfield land – n – Former industrial land that is available for re- use.
Brush – n – A broom.
BSE – Acronym – Mad Cow Disease.
Bubble and squeak – n – Boiled cabbage and sausage.
Buff – adj – Sexually attractive; Also a word for nude, sometimes used loosely to describe the act of sex e.g. “We was buffin’ for hours.”

Bugger – n – An exclamation of dissatisfaction (“Oh bugger!”), in a dire situation (“Well, we’re buggered now”), acute surprise (“Well bugger me!”), dismissal (“bugger that”).

Buggery -n-The act of anal sex.
Builder -n-A construction worker or contractor.
Builder’s bum – adj – Plumber’s crack.
Builder’s tea – n – Strong, inexpensive tea taken by people in the building trade, usually in a mug.
Bum – n, v – Buttocks. Not particularly rude – more acceptable in polite circles than ‘arse.’
Bum bag – n- What Americans would call a fanny pack (don’t call it a fanny pack in the UK, see ‘fanny’.)
Bum bandit – n – Homosexual, derogatory.
Bum cleavage – n – The area between the buttocks.
Bumf – n – Too much paperwork.
Bung – n – To give or throw a game.
Bunk off – v – To call off sick or not fulfil your duties.
Burgle – n – To break into a building.
Busker – v – Street musician.
Butcher’s – n – To look at something.
Butty – n – A sandwich usually sold in chip shops that consists of sausages and chips. Or both.
Brew – n – A cup of tea.

C
C of E – n – A short way of saying Church of England – England’s official state Church.
Cabbage – n – 1. Vegetable  2. Someone who is brain-dead or catatonic.
Cack – n – Shit.
Cack-handed – n – Clumsy or inept.
Caff – n – A café.
Cakehole – n – Mouth – ‘shut your cakehole’
Camp – adj – Effeminate or homosexual.
Campervan – n – Recreational vehicle.
Candy floss – n – Cotton Candy.
Cans – n – Headphones.
Car boot sale – n – Swap meet or flea market where people sell items from the back of their car.
Car park – n – Parking lot or parking garage.

Caravan – n – Another term for Recreational Vehicle.
Cardie – n – Short for a cardigan which is a type of sweater.
Carrier bag – n – Shopping bag.
Carry on – v – To continue with something.
Cat’s eyes – n – Reflectors located on the road in the centre line.
Central reservation – n – The median of the road.
Chancer – n – A person willing to take risks or take a chance.
Chap – n – A man, bloke or guy.
Chat up – v – Trying to pick someone up in a bar or elsewhere.
Chattering Classes – n – Snobby upper-class people chiming in on something.
Chav – n – A derogatory term used towards the lower classes with a similar meaning to ‘white trash’ but applies to all races.
Chavtastic – n – Something that is in poor taste that a Chav would appreciate.

Cheeky – adj – Risqué or too clever.
Cheerio – interj – Goodbye!
Cheers – interj – Simply means thank you but it also works as a drinking toast.
Chelp – v – To disagree vocally with someone without sufficient grounds to do so.
Chemist – n – Pharmacist but it should be noted they can also provide simple medical advice without having to go to a doctor.
Chesterfield – n – Hard leather sofa.
Chinese Whispers – n – What Americans would call Chinese Telephone.
Chipolata – n – A small sausage.
Chippy – n – A fish and chip shop.
Chips – n – French Fries, usually thick cut.
Chivvy on – v – To hurry along.
Chock-a-block – adj – Closely packed together i.e. a busy schedule.
Chocolate box – adj – Excessively decorative and sentimental, like the old pictures on boxes of candy. Usually used to describe a quaint village.

Chocolate drops – n – Chocolate chips.
Christmas Cracker – n – A Christmas tradition in England. It’s a tube, nicely wrapped with a small explosive inside so when you open it there’s a loud pop. Inside is a token prize, a joke and a paper crown. Usually done at Christmas Dinner.

Chinless Wonder – adj – A person of upper-class extraction who’s clueless or lacks a depth of character.
Chuff – v – Fart. Chuffed – adj – To be quite pleased about something, not to be confused with the singular version above.
Chugger – n – Short for charity mugger, someone who prowls Britain’s high streets and pressures people to donate money to charities (they earn a commission on each donation).

Chunder – v – To vomit.
Chunky Chips – n – Very thick cut French fries.
Cider – n – an Alcoholic form of apple juice.
Ciggy – n – A cigarette.
Clone town – n – The process where all the high streets in Britain have the same big chain stores so they all look pretty much the same and push out small local businesses.

Close – n – A cul-de-sac.
Clunge – n – A very very rude word for the female vagina not to be used in polite or even impolite conversation.
Coach – n – A bus.
Cobblers – n – Stupid nonsense. Similar to rubbish.
Cock – adj – A very versatile insult but basically an idiot.
Cock-up – v – To mess something up really badly.
Codswallop – n – Nonsense.
Colleague – n – Co-worker
College – n – A school that specializes in single year studies. Done between leaving school and going to a university.
Collywobbles – n – The heebie-jeebies.
Come a Cropper – v – To fail miserably.
Concession – n – A discount for a specific group (seniors, students, etc).
Confuddled – v – To be confused or not understand a situation.

Cooker – n – Otherwise known as an oven.
Cop off – v – Kiss.
Copper – n – Policeman.
Cor – interj – Ohhh!
Cor blimey – interj – Said to be an abbreviation of ‘God Blind Me’. An interjection that has changed meaning over time. In early novels, it was used in the same way as ‘damn’ to express exasperation or frustration. In recent years it is regarded as a mild expression of surprise or shock. Sometimes used to comic effect (‘Blimey! It’s the Rozzers!’ – ‘Goodness me! The police!’), in a deliberate reference to it being archaic usage.

Coriander – n – The herb cilantro.
Corrie -n- Short for Coronation Street – a soap opera aired on ITV.
Cot – n – Baby crib.
Cot death – n – SIDS.
Cotton buds – n – Cotton swabs.
Cotton wool – n – Cotton ball.
Council house – n – Public housing or a housing project.
Courgette – n – Zucchini.
Court shoes – n – Woman’s high heeled shoe – a pump.
Cow – adj – A woman of contempt – a rude bitch.
Cowboy – n – A dishonest or incompetent trade worker.

Cream Crackered – adj – To be extremely tired.
Creche – n – Day-care or nursery.
Crikey – interj – a General expression of surprise.
Crisps – n – Potato Chips.
Crumbs – interj – Another common expression of surprise.
Crumpet – n – A yummy teacake.
Crusty Dragon – n – A booger.
Cuppa -n- A cup of tea.
Current account – n – A checking account.
Cutlery – n – Silverware.
CV – n – Short for Curriculum Vitae but Americans would simply call it a Résumé.

D
Dab hand – n – To be particularly skilled at something.
Dabs – n – Fingerprints.
Daddy-long-legs – n – Not to be confused with the type of spider, it actually refers to the crane fly.
Dado – n – A chair railing on a wall.
Daft – adj – An idiot, stupid, or foolish person.
Daft Cow -adj- A rude and stupid overweight woman.
Dago – n – Derogatory term for a Spanish, Italian or foreign person.
Damp -n- Mold or wet rot that is common in older homes.
Damp Squib – adj – An event which you think will be exciting but which actually turns out to be a disappointment.
Damper – n – The shock absorber on a car.
Dangly-bits – n – Male genitalia.

Dapper – adj – A well dressed and well-spoken individual, can be used as a compliment or an insult.
Daylight robbery – n – A highway robbery.
Dear – adj – Something that is expensive or costly.
Dekko –n – A look, glance – to take a look at something.
De-mister – n – De-froster.
De-plane -v-To exit an aircraft.
Destroyed – adj – To be very drunk or intoxicated on drugs.
Diamond Geezer-n-A respected older gentleman, phrase mainly used in London.
Diary – n – A person’s schedule or calendar. Not a personal journal.
Dibbles – n – Police officer as in Officer Dibble from Top Cat.

Diddle – v – To swindle or con someone.
Digestive – n – A biscuit that you dunk in your tea, sort of like a cookie that’s supposed to aid in digestion.
Dim – adj – Someone who is stupid.
Div – adj – An idiot.
Divvy – n – An idiot.
DIY – abbr – Shorthand for Do it Yourself – i.e. for home improvement projects. “Fancy doing a little DIY this weekend?”
Do – n – A party.
Doddle – n – Something that is very easy.
Dodgems – n – Bumper cars.
Dodgy – adj – Something shady or rather dubious. Also can apply to something that was poorly made or doesn’t work well.
Dog-end – n – A cigarette butt.
Dogging – v – The act of having sex in public parks while people watch.

Dog’s bollocks – n – Something especially good is “the dog’s bollocks”.
Dog’s breakfast – n – A complete mess.
Dog’s Dinner – n – The same meaning as ‘dog’s breakfast’.
Dogsbody – n – A lowly servant or functionary
Dole – n – The various forms of welfare are lumped under this term. To be on the Dole is to live off the state.
Done Over – v – To be beaten up by someone.
Donkey’s years – n – Something that happened a long time ago.
Dosh – n – Money.
Doss – v – To be lazy and not do much.
Double-barreled – adj – The practice of upper- class people having more than one last name joined together with a hyphen.

Dozy – adj – A person who is rather slow.
Draught – n – We say ‘draft’ as in a cold draft.
Draughts – n – The game of checkers.
Drawing-pin – n – A thumbtack.
Dressing gown – n – A bathrobe.
Dual carriageway – n – A divided highway a step down from a motorway.
Duff – n – Something that doesn’t work.
Dummy – n – A baby’s pacifier.
Dustbin – n – Garbage can. Dustman – n – Garbage man.
Duvet – n – Bed cover.
Dux – n – The valedictorian of a school.
Dynamo – n – An electric generator.

E
Earner – n – A job that earns good money.
Easy Peasy – n – Something that is really easy to do.
Eating irons – n – Silverware/cutlery
Ecosse – n – The French name for Scotland.
Eejit – n – An idiot.
Effing – adj – A polite way to say ‘f*cking.’
Egg Banjo – n – A fried egg sandwich.
Elastoplast – n – A band-aid.
Electrics – n – The electrical fittings in a house.
Elevenses – n – Means having a snack mid-morning.
End-piece – n – End of the male genitalia – another way of saying “bell- end.”
Engaged – adj – To be busy with something.
Enplane – v – To get onto an aeroplane.

Entail – n – An old English custom that controlled how a large estate was inherited and what could be done with it.
Entrée – n – The appetizer portion of a meal.
Essex girl – adj – Derogatory term for a girl from Essex that does not have any class.
Estate agent – n – A realtor or real estate agent and generally they’re not very respected.
Estate car – n – A station wagon.
Eurosceptic – n – A person who is against British involvement in the European Union.
Eurocrat – n – A derogatory term for the civil servants that work at the centre of the European Union.
Ex-Council – n – An apartment or house that used to be public housing but has since been bought by the tenants (and perhaps sold on but it will always be known as ex-council).

Expat – n – Someone who lives abroad.
Eyetie – n – Someone from Italy – an offensive term.

F
Faff – v – To dither or screw around, pussyfoot around.
Fag – n – A cigarette.
Fag-end – adj – The used stub of a cigarette, and by extension the unpleasant and worthless loose end of any situation. “It was the Fag End of my shift, and I was knackered”.
Faggot – n – A type of sausage.
Fairie cake – n – Also known to Americans as a cupcake.
Fairy lights – n – The general name for Christmas Lights.
Fancy – v – To desire or want to do something.
Fancy dress – n – To wear a costume.
Fancy dress party – n – A party where costumes are worn.
Fanny – n – A woman’s vagina. Not for use in polite conversation.
Feck – n – An exclamation of anger of frustration similar to f*ck.

Filch – v – To steal something.
Flannel – n – Baby’s washcloth
Flash – adj – Something that is showy or ostentatious.
Film – n – A movie.  Brits would generally say they want to see a film not a movie.
Filth – n – A not so nice term for the police.
Fit – adj – A word used to describe an attractive woman or male.
Fitted – v – To have something installed.
Fiver – n – Five pounds sterling.
Fizzy drink – n – Soda- pop or soft drink.
Flag – adj – To be tired or lose all energy.
Flat – n – An apartment.
Flatmate – n – A roommate in your flat.

Flog – n – An attempt to sell something that may not be worth the money being asked.
Fluff – n – Dryer Lint.
Flutter – v – A brief go at gambling.
Fly tipping – v – The act of dumping your trash in a place you’re not supposed to.
Football – n – What Americans quaintly call soccer.
Football Pitch – n – A field where British Football is played.
Footie – n – A shorthand term for Football.
Footpath – n – A public path through the countryside for walking.
Fortnight – n – Two weeks. Often used in the UK when talking about time.
Freehold – n – Owning both the land and the building on the land. Sometimes in Britain, a different person owns the land and the building. See ‘leasehold’.

Freesat – n – A selection of free channels you can receive via satellite with a dish and a receiver.
Freeview – n – A selection of digital channels you can view for free if you purchase a Freeview receiver, which usually has added features.

Fringe – n – Hair bangs.
Fry-up – n – Another name for the full English breakfast as most of the meal is fried in some form.
Full English – n – A full English breakfast usually consists of eggs, sausage, black pudding, bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns, and half a tomato.

Full Monty – n – The entire take or everything that is desired.
Full stop – n – Period. The type at the end of a sentence.
Fun fair – n – Carnival or amusement rides.

G
Gaffe – n – A home.
Gaffer – n – The boss.
Gaffer tape – n – Duct tape.
Gagging – v – Desperate in a derogatory way. i.e. She was gagging for it.
Garden – n – Backyard.
Gash – n – Derogatory term used for the female genitalia.
Gastropub – n – A pub that serves food, sometimes pretentiously.
Gay – adj – Something that is bad, e.g. “It was ‘gay’ being mugged.”
Gazump – n – To accept a higher offer on something at the last minute.
GCSE’s – n – Academic tests that take place before the A-levels (many students stop here and ‘graduate’).
Gear lever – n – The stick shift in a manual car.
Gearbox – n – A car’s transmission.
Geezer – n – Someone you respect.
Geordie – n – Someone from the Newcastle area. Made famous in Geordie Shore, a spin-off of MTV’s Jersey Shore.
Get off – v – To make out with someone.
Get on – v – To do something. Commonly used in ‘How did you get on?’
Get the Nod – v – To get permission to do something.
Get your end away – v – To have sex.
Giddy – n – To get dizzy or experience vertigo.
Ginger – n – A person with red hair.
Ginger beer – adj – Derogatory term for a homosexual.
Git – n – An incompetent, stupid, annoying, or childish person.
Give over – interj – To give up.
Give way – interj – To yield when driving.

Give You a Bell – v – Means to call someone on the phone.
Glop – n – Thick substance or unappetizing food.
Go – v – To try something. i.e. To give it a go.
Gob – n – Your mouth in a derogatory sense. Shot your gob!
Gobshite – n – Bullshit.
Gobsmacked – adj – Flabbergasted, dumbfounded, astounded, speechless.
Golf buggy – n – Golf cart.
Googly – n – A cricket ball that bounces around randomly when it lands.
Gone off – v – Something that’s gone bad or expired.
Gormless – adj – Someone lacking in common sense.
Grammar – n – A textbook.
Grammar School – n – Elementary school.
Grand – n – Used in place of thousand (i.e. “This house is worth 140 grand”).
Grass – n – A snitch.
Green fingers – n – Someone who is adept at the gardening arts.
Greenbelt – n – The land around cities and town in Britain that is left undeveloped to preserve the environment.
Greenfield – n – Land that can’t be developed or built upon that’s left to exist for the purpose of pretty landscapes.
GP-n-General Practitioner – your regular family doctor.
Grizzle – n – To grumble or moan, see whingeing. Also a fussy baby.
Grockle – adj – A derogatory term for a Tourist, primarily used in Southern England.
Grotty – adj – Something that is gross.
Growler – n – A very rude term for female genitals covered in pubic hair.
Guff -v- Fart.
Guinea – n – A older unit of currency that meant 1 Pound and 1 Shilling.
Gutted -adj- To be devastated or shocked by something.
Guv’nor – n – The boss.
Gyp – n – Something that’s

H
Hacked-off – adj – Annoyed or stressed.
Haggis – n – Legendary Scottish dish consisting of a sheep’s minced heart, liver, and lungs cooked in its own stomach with onion, oatmeal, and spices.

Haha – n – Trench dug at the end of a garden in place of a fence to the view isn’t spoiled.
Hand-luggage – n – Carry- on baggage.
Handbag – n – A woman’s purse.
Handbags – n – A harmless fight
Handbrake – n – Parking/Emergency brake in a car.
Hard shoulder – n – Shoulder on the side of the road that’s paved.
Hash – n – The # symbol.
Have a go – v – To give something a try.
Have a go hero – n – A person that attempts to defend their home or property against an intruder with force.
Haver – n – To ramble incoherently.
Having kittens – interj – To be extremely nervous.
Head boy – n – Highest achieving boy in a class similar to valedictorian.
Health and Safety – n – An all-encompassing term of derision geared towards useless safety rules and regulations.

Helmet – n – 1. The glans of the penis 2. A fool.
Hen night – n – Bachelorette party.
Her Majesty’s pleasure – v – To be put into prison.
Higgledy-piggledy – adj – Something all jumbled up or in disarray.
High street – n – Main street.
High tea – n – Late afternoon light meal that usually involves a cup of tea.
Hill-walking – n – Hiking.
Hire – v – To rent something. i.e. A hire car.
Hire car  – n – A rental car.
Hob  – n – A range or stove.
Hockey  – n – Field hockey.
Holiday – n – What we would call a vacation or any time off of work. Brits usually get 28 days paid holiday.
Hoodie – n – A young person usually known for their misdeeds who are identified by their distinctive clothing, a hooded sweatshirt.
Hoover – n – A vacuum cleaner.
Hoovering – v – The act of vacuuming.
Horses for Courses – v – To each his own.
Housing Estate – n – A sub-division but it can also mean a public housing estate as well.
Hum – n – A bad smell.

I
Icing sugar – n – Powdered sugar.
Ickle – n – Something very small.
Indicator – n – Turning signal in a car.
Innit – interj – Shortened from “ain’t it” or isn’t it.
Interval – n – Intermission or a break in performance.
Ironmonger – n – The old name for a hardware store.
Ivories – n – Teeth.

J
Jabs – n – Vaccinations or shots.
Jacket potato – n – A baked potato.
Jam  – n – Jelly.
Jam sandwich  – n – A term for Police Car.
Jammy – adj – Someone who is lucky.
Jammy dodger  – n – A lucky person.
Jelly – n – What the British call Jell-O, not to be confused with Jam
Jerry – n – Someone from Germany, derogatory.
Jim-jams  – n – Pajamas
Jock  – n – A Scottish person, usually male.
Jobsworth – n – An official who strictly adheres to rules and regulations. See Health and Safety.
John Thomas  – n – Male genitalia.
Joint – n – A large piece of meat like a beef loin.
Jolly – adv – Very good. Jollies – n – Pleasure or thrills
Jubblies – n – A woman’s breasts.
Jumble sale – n – A garage sale.
Jumped up – adj – Arrogant.
Jump leads – n – Car jumper cables.
Jumper – n – A sweater.

K
Kagoul  – n – A poncho or windbreaker jacket.
Kecks  – n – Pants or trousers.
Kerb  – n – A curb.
Kerb crawler – n – A person who solicits street prostitutes.
Kerfuffle – n – To make a big fuss about something.
Kip – n – A word for sleep or to get some sleep (have a kip).
Kirby grip – n – Bobby pin.
Kit – n – Clothing or sports equipment.
Kitchen roll – n – Paper towel.
Kiwi – n – Someone from New Zealand.
Knackered – adj – Exhausted, tired, also ‘broken’
Knackers – n – Vulgar name for testicles.
Knees-up – n – A party.
Knickers – n – Women’s underwear, see pants.
Knob – n – Male genitalia.
Knob head – adj – A stupid, irritating person.
Knob jockey – adj – Homosexual, derogatory.
Knob-end – adj – An idiot, or tip of the penis (see bell- end).
Knockabout – n – Sporting practice.
Knock up – v – To bang on someone’s door. Does not mean to impregnate.
Know your onions – phrase – To be very knowledgeable on a particular subject.

L
L-plates – n – Special license plates you’re required to have on your car while learning to drive in the UK.
Lad – n – A boy or an immature grown male.
Laddette – n – An immature woman.
Ladybird – n – A ladybug.
Lager – n – A type of beer popular in England.
Lager lout – n – A person who misbehaves while drunk.
Lairy – adj – To be noisy or abusive.
Larder – n – Pantry.
Lav – n – Short for the lavatory.
Lay-by – n – Rest area along the highways.
Leasehold – n – A possessory right to live in a building or flat but not owning the land upon which it sits. Common for apartments. Leases are usually for 99 or 999 years.

Left luggage – n – A place you can leave your luggage safely (for a fee) while you travel or shop.
Leg it – v – To run hurriedly.
Leg over – n – Sexual intercourse.
Lemonade – n – While in the UK if you ask for Sprite or 7-up you’ll be given this which is basically carbonated lemonade.
Lie-in – n – The act of sleeping in.
Lift – n – An elevator.
Limey – n – An English person.
Local – n – The local pub.
Lodger – n – A person who rents a room in your home, lower on the scale than a flatmate.
Loft – n – The attic area of a house.
Lolly – n – A popsicle.
Loo – n – The bathroom.
Lorry – adj – A semi or heavy goods truck.
Lost the Plot – n – Someone who’s gone mad.
Love – n – A kind form of address (“Excuse me, love”).
Luv – n – Honey or darling.

M
M and S – abbr – Shorthand for the department store Marks and Spencer’s, the British equivalent to JC Penney. Also affectionately known as Marks and Sparks.

Macintosh – n – Light waterproof jacket, also known as a Mac.
Mad – adj – Crazy.
Made Redundant – v – Someone whose job no longer exists.
Maisonette – n – A set of rooms for living in, typically on two stories of a larger building and with its own entrance from outside.
Manc – n – Someone from Manchester.
Mancunian – n – A polite way to say someone is from Manchester.
Manky – adj – Dirty or filthy.
Manual gearbox – n – A manual transmission on a car.
Marmite – n – A strange spread usually eaten on toast made of yeast extract.
Marrow – n – The vegetable squash.
Mashed – n – High from smoking cannabis.
Mate – n – A good friend.
Maths – n – Mathematics.
Meat and two veg – n – Male external genitalia.
Mental – n – Crazy or insane.
Mews – n – The short narrow street behind a house like an alleyway.
Mews house – n – Small house located on a mews street that often housed servants and horses but have since been converted into homes.

Miffed – adj – Pissed off.
Mileometer – n – A car’s odometer.
Mince – n – Ground beef.
Mince pie – n – A sweet pie usually enjoyed at Christmas stuff with fruit and mincemeat (which is not actually meat).
Mind – v – To be aware of. “Mind the Gap.”
Minge – n – Female genitalia, derogatory.
Minger – adj – An ugly or filthy-minded person. There is usually an implication of poor hygiene or body odour in the usage.
Minted – n – To be wealthy.
Mobile phone – n – We would say a cell phone or cellular phone. Most Brits just say mobile.
Moggy – n – A cat.
Mole grip – n – Vise grip.
Molly-coddled – adj – To be overly looked after.
Mong – n – Derogatory term for someone with special needs.

Monged (out) – n – To be severely drunk or high.
Moose -n- A very unattractive woman
Moreish – adj – To want more of something.
Motor – n – An antiquated term for an automobile.
Motorway – n – The equivalent would be an interstate highway.
Move house – v – To move to a new house.
Multi-story car park – n – A parking garage.
Muck in – v – To help with or assist in something.
Muggins – n – A simple person or someone silly.
Mum – n – Mother.
Munter -n- An ugly person.
Muppet – n – An idiot.

N
Naff – adj – Something that is tacky or otherwise in poor taste.
Nappy – n – Baby’s diaper
Narked – adj – Being in a bad mood
Natter – n – Chatter.
Natty – adj – Cool.
Naughty bits – n – A polite way to say male genitalia.
Nause – adj – An annoying person.
Navvy – n – Road worker.
Nearside – n – The side of the car that’s closest to the curb.
Newsagent – n – A convenience store where you can buy newspapers, magazines and snacks and drinks. Also known as a newsy.

Nick – v – To steal or arrest.
Nicked – v – To be arrested or something that was stolen.
Niggle – v – To pester.
Nimrod – adj – Another name for a weasel, but also used to called someone stupid.
Nip – v – To go off and do something quickly.
Nippy – adj – Cold.
Nob – n – A member of the nobility class.
Nonce – n – A paedophile.
Non-starter – n – An idea so absurd it has no chance of being a success.
Nosey parker – n – A person who gossips and won’t mind their own business.
Nosh – n – Food.
Nought – n – The number zero. The Brits will almost never say zero.
Noughts and crosses – n – The game of tic-tac-toe.
Nowt – n – Nothing.
Number plate – n – License plate.
Numpty – n – An idiot.
Nutter – n – A crazy

O
O-levels – n – Series of exams that took place a few years before you’re A-levels. Replaced the GCSE’s in the 1980’s.
OAP – Acronym – Old Age Pensioner – someone living on social security.
Off one’s onion – adj – Crazy.
Off one’s rocker – adj – Crazy.
Off one’s tits – adj – High on drugs.
Off one’s trolley – adj – Crazy.
Off-license – n – An off-license is a place where you can buy alcohol and other small household goods. I.e. the corner shop. Also known as the offie.

Offside – n – 1. The side of the car that is farthest from the curb. 2. A complicated rule in football that generates endless debate.
Oi – interj – Hey!
Old Bill – n – The police.
Old banger – n – An old crappy car.
OH – n – Other half – significant other.
Omnibus – n – 1. A gathering of a week’s radio shows or a soap opera into one large episode. 2. What they used to call buses.
On the blink – adj – Something that doesn’t work.
On the fiddle – phrase – Cheating.
On the piss – v – getting drunk, drinking alcohol.
On the pull – v – Out looking for sex.
One – n – Referring to yourself in the third person, The Royal We.
One Off – n – A special or one-time event.

P
P45 – n – The form used when someone is being fired or made redundant.
P.A. – n – A personal assistant, secretary.
Pack it in – v – To give up.
Pantomime – n – A strange tongue and cheek play often performed at Christmas time that’s popular with families. A panto has to be seen to be understood.
Pants – n – 1. Women’s underwear. 2. Something that is total crap.
Paracetamol – n – The British equivalent to Tylenol.
Paraffin – n – Liquid kerosene.
Parky – adj – Cold or chilly.
Pastille – n – A type of small candy.
Pasty – n – A meat or vegetable filled pastry originating in Cornwall.
Patience – n – The card game of solitaire.
Pavement – n – The sidewalk.
Pear-shaped – adj – Something that’s gone wrong.
Puckish – adj – To be a little hungry.
Peculiar – adj – Something that is unique.
Pedo – n – Shorthand phrase for paedophile.
Pelican crossing – n – A type of crosswalk on British streets.
Pensioner – n – An elderly person that’s retired and collects their state pension.

Perspex – n – Plexiglass..
Pervy – adj – Perverted.
Petrol – n – Gasoline.
Phone box – n – Phonebooth.
Phut – adj – Gone out, something that’s stopped working.
Pig’s ear – n – To make a mess out of something.
Pikey – n – A pejorative term used, mainly in England to refer to gipsies or people of low social class, offensive.
Pillock – n – An idiot.
Pimm’s – n – A summery alcoholic drink popular in the UK.
Pinch -v- To steal.
Pint – n – A standard unit of drink measurement in the UK that’s roughly equal to 20 ounces.
Pips – n – Seeds
Piss-artist – n – A lazy person.

Pissed – adj – Drunk
Pissed up – adj – Drunk
Pitch – n – Grassy surface suitable for football or cricket.
Plane-spotter – n – A person who hangs around airports and looks at aeroplanes.
Planning Permission – n – The process of getting a building permit in the UK, often involving several layers of government and approvals. Can take years.

Plaster – n – A band-aid.
Plastered – adj – Extremely drunk
Plasticine – n – A type of modelling clay used to make Wallace and Gromit.
Plimsolls – n – Canvas shoes with a rubber sole.
Plod – n – The police
Plonker – adj – An idiot.
Po-faced – adj – Glum.
Polo-neck -n- A turtleneck sweater.
Ponce – n – A homosexual, derogatory.
Pong – n – A bad smell.
Pongo – n – An infantryman in the military.
Porkies – n – Lies.
Portakabin – n – Pre-fabricated building often used as a temporary office.

Portaloo – n – Portajohn.
Posh – adj – Someone or something that is very high class.
Post  – n, v – 1. The mail. To post something is to mail something. 2. The post is also your daily delivery of mail.
Postgraduate – n – A university level grad student.
Pot noodle – n – Ramen noodle soup.
Potholing – n – Spelunking.
Potplant – n – A potted plant.
Potty – adj – A little loopy or nuts.
Power Cut – n – An electricity blackout.
Poxy – adj – Crappy.
Pram – n – Baby’s stroller.
Prang – n – Minor car accident.
Prat – n – A particular type of idiot, jerk, or asshole.

Prawn – n – Shrimp.
Prefect – n – Head boy in a school.
Prep school – n – A type of boarding school for children.
Presenter – n – A radio or TV anchorperson.
Pub – n – Public house, the local bar.
Pub Grub – n – Simple food usually served in pubs or bars. Fish and Chips is a great example of Pub Grub. Differs from the type of food served in a gastropub, which is fancier.

Public school – n – Despite the confusing name, a public school is actually a private exclusive school like Harrow or Eton. Also called an ‘independent school’.

Pudding – n – The dessert part of a meal – not actual pudding.
Pukka – interj – The genuine article.
Pull – v – To have sex with someone.
Pump – n – Gym shoes.
Puncture – n – Flat tire.
Punt – v – To give something a try
Punter – n – A customer or patron.
Purse – n – A little bag that holds change.
Pushchair – n – A child’s stroller where the child sits upright.
Put paid – v – To settle a matter.

Q
Quango – Acronym – Quasi-autonomous non- governmental organization. An organization that’s usually started by the government or has governmental powers that are not run by the government. It is usually a place to send troublesome politicians by giving them cushy jobs. Examples are the BBC and Visit Britain. See, TV show Yes, Minister.

Quay – n – A dock where boats are unloaded. Pronounced key.
Queue – n, v, pron. – A line or to stand in line.
Quid  – n – 1 Pound Sterling (e.g. “That car only costs 500 quid.”)
Quids-in  – n – To be in profit or to be all in on something.
Quim – n – Female genitalia.
Quite – n – A general term that means ‘kind of’.

R
Rag & bone man – n – A scavenger who makes value out of the garbage.
Randy – adj – To be sexually aroused.
Rat-arsed – adj – Quite drunk.
Razz – v – Vomit.
Reckon – adv – To believe something is true.
Registration – n – A car’s license plate.
Removal men – n – A moving company that helps you move house.
Return ticket – adj – A round-trip ticket.
Rentboy – n – A male prostitute.
Revise – v – To study.
Right – adj – To emphasize the meaning of something. “He was a right git.”
Ring piece – n – The anus.
Rocket – n – Arugula salad.
Rodger – v – To have sex.
Romp – v – To have sex.
Ropey – adj – Something that’s rather iffy.
Roundabout – n – A traffic circle.
Row – n, pron – An argument.
Rozzer – n – A police officer.
RSPCA – Acronym – Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Rubber- n – An eraser (does not mean a condom).
Rubbish – n – 1. Garbage 2. A nicer way to say bullshit. 3. To criticize.
Runner – v – To run out on the bill at a restaurant.
Rucksack – n – Backpack.

S
Sack – v – To fire someone or be fired from your job.
Saloon – n – Standard 4 door family sedan car.
Samey – adj – Something that’s similar.
Sarnie – n – Sandwich.
Savoury – n – Non-dessert food.
Scarper – v – To run away.
Scone – n – Buttery biscuit, usually served with tea with clotted cream and jam.
Scotch egg – n – A Scotch egg consists of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried.
Scouser – n – Someone from Liverpool.
Scrotty – adj – Dirty.
Scrubber – n – Someone who is dirty or perceived poor, an offensive term.
Scrummy – adj – Something that is delicious.
Scrumpy – n – Alcoholic apple cider
Scupper – v – To obstruct.
Sectioned – v – To be committed to a mental health facility against your will.
See a man about a dog – v phrase – Attend a secret deal or meeting or to go to the toilet.
Sell-by-date – n – Expiration date (like on food).
Sellotape – n – Scotch tape.
Semi-detached – n – Usually a pair of houses that share a common wall and are mirror images of each other – a duplex. Also, called a ‘semi’ for short.

Sent down – v – To be sent to prison.
Septic – n – An American. Serviette – n – Napkin.
Shag – v – To have sex.
Shambles – adj – A chaotic mess of something.
Shambolic – adj – Something in complete disarray similar to a shambles.
Shandy – n – A mixture of lager with Lemonade (see definition of lemonade.)
Shat – n – Another way of saying ‘shit’ but in the past tense.
Shattered – adj – To be emotionally devastated or extremely tired.
Shedload – n – A large quantity of something.
Shilling – n – A form of currency before Britain switched to the decimal that means five pence.
Shirty – adj – Irritable.
Shite – n – Shit.
Shop – n – A store.
Sick – n – The standard term for vomit or to throw up. “Oh man, I’m covered in sick.”
Sickie – n – To take a day off of work or school but not actually be sick.

Skinful – n – The amount of alcohol needed to make one drunk.
Skint – adj – To be broke.
Skip – n – Dumpster.
Skipping – v – Dumpster diving.
Skirting board – n – Baseboard.
Skive – v, n – To be lazy or take an unwarranted day off, pull a sickie.
Skivvies – n – Another word for underwear or undergarments.
Slag – v – A whore. To call a woman a slag is a grievous insult.
Slag off – v – To denigrate someone, start rumours, usually in the victim’s absence.
Slap – n – Cosmetic make- up, used in a derogatory way to indicate the person is wearing too much.
Slap head – n – A bald man.
Slapper – n – A slut.
Slash – v – To urinate.
Sleeper – n – Railroad tie.
Sleeping policemen – n – A speed bump in the road.
Slip-road – n – An exit on/off ramp on a highway.
Smarties – n – A chocolate candy similar looking to M&M’s but definitely not the same taste.
Smashing – adj – Awesome!

Snakes and ladders – n – The board game chutes and ladder.
Snog – v – Passionate kissing, not sex.
Sod – n, v, adj – A idiot, moron, or annoying person.
Sod Off – v – To tell someone to ‘piss off.’
Soft-Shoulder – n – the Roadside shoulder that’s made of gravel.
Soldiers – n – Little strips of bread used for dipping into a boiled egg.
Solicitor – n – A lawyer that deals with contracts and other personal legal matters and can represent clients in lower courts, not a barrister.

Sorted – adj – A problem that has been fixed.
Sound – adj – To be reliable or trustworthy.
Spanner – n – A wrench. Commonly used in the phrase to ‘throw a spanner in the works’ meaning to break something.
Spare – adj, n – 1. To be at one’s wit’s end. 2. Used in reference to the younger sibling of the heir to the throne (i.e. Prince Harry).
Spastic – n – A very insulting and derogatory term for someone who is mentally challenged.
Speedo – n – British abbreviation for the speedometer – not to be confused with the article of clothing.
Spongle – n – Someone who is high on drugs.
Spotted dick – n – A type of sponge cake with raisins in it.
Sport – n – The British say Sport as a plural instead of Sports.
Spot on – adj – Perfectly correct.
Spots – n – Pimples, zits.
Sprog – n – A young child.

Squiffy – adj – Something that’s gone wrong.
Stabilisers – n – Training wheels on a bicycle.
Stag night – n – A bachelor party.
Starkers – v – To be completely naked.
Starter – n – The appetizer portion of a meal.
Steady on – interj – Hold your horses.
Steaming – adj – Extremely drunk, or extremely angry.
Sterling – adj – Awesome!
Stick – n – Walking stick or cane.
Sticking plaster – n – A band-aid.
Stockings – n – Ladies tights.
Stodgy – adj – Something that’s old-fashioned.
Stone – n – A strange unit of measure unique to Britain that measures 14 lbs usually used to measure the weight of a person.
Stonking – adj – Something really big.
Straight away – interj – Right away.
Strawberry Creams – n – A woman’s breasts.
Strimmer – n – A weed- whacker.
Stroppy – adj – Unreasonably grumpy.
Stuffed – v – Sexual intercourse (i.e. ‘get stuffed’).
Subway – n – A pedestrian walkway located underground.
Sultana – n – A golden raisin.
Sun cream – n – Sunscreen.
Suspenders – n – Garters.
Suss – v – To figure something out.
Swede – n – Rutabega.
Sweets – n – Candy.
Swift half – n – A half pint of beer or lager.
Swimming costume – n – Bathing suit.
Swizz – n – A small con.
Swot – n – To cram for a test, to study hard.

T
Ta – interj – A simple thank you.
Tackle – n – Male genitalia.
Tad – adj – A little bit of something.
Take-away – n, v – 1. A fast food establishment. 2. The act of getting food and taking it home.
Taking the mickey – interj – Pulling one’s chain.
Taking the piss – n – Mocking, taking advantage of someone.
Tally-ho! – interj – Goodbye!
Tannoy – n – Public Address (PA) system.
Tarmac – n – A paved road.
Tart – n – Prostitute or loose woman.
Tat – n – a Cheap piece of junk, usually applied to souvenirs.
Tatty – n – A description for something that’s tired and out of fashion. Like an old Seaside resort town.
Tea – n – Also known as tea-time, it’s an evening meal.
Tea-break – n – Coffee break.
Tea-towel – n – A dishcloth.
Telly – n – Short for television.
Terraced Houses – n – A series of houses that line a street and all look the same.
Tetchy – adj – Irritable.
Thrupney bits – n – Woman’s breasts.

Tick – n – To check something off on a list.
Tickety-boo – adj – When something is going smoothly or proceeding quickly.
Tights – n – Pantyhose.
Till – n – Check-out counter in a store.
Tip – n – A garbage dump or a place that’s a mess.
Tippex – n – Whiteout or liquid paper (something that’s rarely used much anymore).
Tipple – n – A civilized alcoholic beverage.
Titchy – n – Something that is very small.
Tits up – adj – Something that’s gone all wrong.
Todger – n – Male genitalia.
Toe-rag – n – A total scumbag.
Toff – n – Someone who is from the upper classes, it’s slightly derogatory.
Tomato sauce – n – Ketchup/catsup.

Top-up – v – To top off something, make it full or add to it.
Torch – n – Flashlight.
Tosh – adj – Nonsense.
Tosser – adj – A person who likes to pleasure themselves but generally used as an insult against an idiot.
Touch-up – v – To feel up or grope.
Trailer tent – n – A pop- up camper.
Train-spotter – n – A person who stands around waiting for interesting trains.
Trainers – n – Gym shoes.
Tram – n – A streetcar – basically a bus on rails.
Tramp – n – Homeless person.
Travellers – n – A group of people who travel around Britain and live in makeshift campsites – often illegally, modern day Gypsies. Sometimes called Irish Travellers, but they’re not always Irish. They’re universally hated by everyone as they often cause a blight on the landscape.

Treacle – n – Molasses.
Trilby – n – A type of men’s hat.
Trolley – n – A shopping cart in a store.
Trollop – n – A woman with loose morality.
Trolly dolly – n – Air stewardess, derogatory.
Trots, the – n – Diarrhea.
Trousers – n – Pants/slacks.
Tube – n – The London Underground.
Twee – adj – Something that’s quaint.
Twig – v – To catch on to something.
Two up, two down – n – A house with two rooms downstairs and two rooms upstairs, popular in Victorian times.
Twonk – n – An idiot.
Tyke – n – A rascally child.
Tyre – n – How the British spell tire.

U
Undercarriage – n – 1. Male or female genitals. 2. The underside of your car.
Underground – n – Usually refers to the London Underground but there are other underground subway systems in the UK.
Uni – n – Short for University or College
University – n – Even if they’re going to a college, the post-secondary school part of their educational career is called University. Going to university, when I was at university, etc.
Up for it – phrs – To be up to doing something – enthusiastic about it.
Up the duff – v – To be pregnant.
Uphill gardener – n – A homosexual, derog.

V
VAT – Acronym – Value Added Tax. Essentially a 20% sales tax on pretty much everything.
Verge – n – Shoulder on the side of the road.
Vest – n – Piece of clothing worn under your shirt.
Video – n – What the British called a VCR.
Village green – n – Common land at the centre of a village where people can play Cricket or Football.
Vino – n – Poor quality inexpensive wine.

X
WAG – Acronym – Stands for ‘Wives and Girlfriends’ and is related to the women who are involved with Football players. Slightly derogatory as it indicates the type of woman attracted to that type of lifestyle.
W.C. – n – Watercloset, which is a lavatory.
Waffle – n – To ramble or waste time talking about a subject.
Waistcoat – n – A vest.
Wally – n – An unintelligent person.
Wank – v – To masturbate.
Wanker – adj – Literally someone who enjoys masturbating but usually used as an insult for an asshole.
Washing up – n – To do the dishes.
Washing up liquid – n – Dishwashing soap.
Waster – n – A Time waster or lazy person.
Way out – n – An exit. Often used instead of the word exit.
Wazzack – n – An idiot.
Wellingtons – n – A type of waterproof rubber boot commonly worn in the countryside. The shorthand version is ‘wellies.’

Wedding tackle – n – Male genitalia.
Wendy house – n – A small children’s playhouse.
Whinge – v – To moan or whine about something. You pronounce the g.
Whip round – n – Passing the buck.
White van man – n – A general term for contractors or home repairmen who usually travel around in an unmarked white van.
Whittling – v – To urinate in public.
Whitworth – n – Someone keen on the classic.
Wholemeal flour – n – Whole grain wheat flour.
Whovian – n – A fan of the British science fiction TV show Doctor Who.
Wicked – adj – Something really cool.
Wind – n – When one farts or has bad gas.
Windscreen – n – Windshield.
Wing – n – Car fender.
Wizard – adj – Something really cool.
Wobbler – n – A fit of anger.
Wobbly – n – Something that’s not quite right.
Wonky – adj – Something that’s not quite right.
Woolly – adj – Something that’s not well defined.
Wretch – v – To throw up/vomit.

Y
Y-fronts – n – Men’s undergarments.
Yank – n – Generally how Brits like to refer to Americans.
Yob – n – A young hooligan, usually identified by wearing a hood.
Yonks – n – A long time.
Yummy Mummy – n – A young, good looking mother.

Z
Zapper – n – TV remote control.
Zebra crossing – n – Pedestrian crossings on roads.
Zed – n – The British pronounce the letter Z as ‘zed.’ They don’t say ‘zee.’

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Without a doubt, Battersea Power Station has been one of my favourite buildings in Central London.  I especially love how it sits and reflects in the moving night waters of the River Thames.  I’ve photographed this iconic building from almost every angle.

Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Nine Elms, Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea Power Station to the east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to a nearly identical design, providing the long-recognised four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best-known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed. The station’s celebrity owes much to numerous popular culture references, which include the cover art of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals and its appearance in the 1965 Beatles’ film Help!

All of the images shown in this blog post are before the major redevelopment program began.  The verdict is out whether or not the future Battersea Power Station will be worthy of photography.  To be honest I’m not too keen on the new architecture being built around this iconic structure.

For the moment, however, Battersea Power Station and the nearby Chelsea Bridge remain on my list of the best places to photograph London.

Where is Battersea Power Station?  How Do I Get To Battersea Power Station?
Battersea Power Station Coordinates ::  51°28′54″N 0°8′41″W

Map Showing The Location of Battersea Power Station

 

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Station to station, platform to platform.  The Northern Line, Jubilee Line, District, and Bakerloo Lines on the London Underground condensed into sixty seconds in this fast-paced video…

What’s interesting are the deliberate lines within the designs of each station that lead commuters in the right direction.  Left, right, forward, don’t cross the line and mind the gap.  Stand on the left unless you’re at Holborn, never jump the queue except when rushing the train before passengers alight.  Herd-like sheep during rush hour, then stand nose to nose, eye to eye as the train burrows itself to the next platform.  Only six more stops to go.  A mad dash through a labyrinth of tunnels to escalator maintenance.  The London Underground is an engineering marvel with organised madness.

Engineering works, signal failures, strikes because no one can agree who opens the doors.  We release a huge sigh of relief departing a station only to return for a repeat the very next day.  We love to hate it.  We hate to love it.  Ultimately, the London Underground takes us where we want to go.

Many Underground stations are also a work of art.  The patterned and coloured tiles create interesting designs down below.  Baker Street features Sherlock Holmes.  Tottenham Court Road featured wild mosaics until a recent refurbishment.  One of my favourite stations is Hampstead where the design is simple, yet the large swirls and lines make you feel as if you’re on a roller coaster.   Piccadilly Circus reminds me of – well, a circus and Green Park has a great tunnel if you love vanishing points.

For many years I thought about going station to station and getting off the subway train at every stop.  My initial thought was to exit the station to see what was above ground.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to see various London neighbourhoods from one end of an Underground line to another?  I have never ticked this idea off of my things to do in London list, though one day I shall.  What I did do, and is very evident in the London Underground video, I departed the train at each station.  I would then explore the platforms, the ways to exit the stations and the stations themselves.

The project took weeks to complete.  I avoided rush hour by riding the train during the week and mostly at night.  Often times I was the only one in a station so there were no issues being in the way of commuters.  The Underground staff didn’t bother me for the most part, though you know I was captured via CCTV everywhere I went.  Security was probably thinking – “there’s that guy again!”  It was only in larger stations, such as Waterloo, where the station manager hunted me down and called the police.  Thank goodness when I calmly volunteered to leave the station, nothing came of the drama.  Do be aware if you decide to take photos of any London Underground Station as you may run into a grumpy station manager like I did.

Is the London Underground an easy way to travel London?  The answer is yes.  London’s subway system is easy to navigate even for a beginner.  If you really want to learn London, however, I suggest walking and getting lost on the streets.

It’s not easy to be a gentleman on the London Underground during rush hour.  A true test for a well-mannered gentleman.

The video runs rather fast, so included below are a few of my favourite London Underground photos ::

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The London Peace Pagoda has been a landmark along the Thames for over 30 years.

At a time when the cold war and the fear of nuclear attack appeared to be escalating the offer of a Peace Pagoda to promote world peace and harmony certainly seemed appropriate.

It was offered to the people of London by the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order as part of the 1984 Greater London Council (GLC) Peace Year.  The pagoda in Battersea was built by monks, nuns and followers of Nipponzan Myōhōji at the behest of The Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), founder of the organisation.

The London Peace Pagoda (Battersea Park) is located between Chelsea Bridge and Albert Bridge.  I include this as one of the best places to photograph London for a number of reasons.  Both Chelsea Bridge and Albert Bridge are incredible architectural structures and worthy of photography.  Additionally, if you spend time on and around Chelsea Bridge, you’ll have marvellous views of Battersea Power Station.  Lastly, a walk along Chelsea Embankment and the River Thames allows you to enjoy a less hectic Central London.  I’m often in this area at night and always feel as if I have London all to myself; there are no people around, and explore at my leisure.

Facts
:: The second floor of the pagoda is an area forbidden to the public.:: The Duke of Edinburgh met Reverend Nagase in 2004 when Battersea Park re-opened after a £11m makeover.
:: The Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii met with Mahatma Gandhi in 1933 and greatly inspired each other.
:: In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World Peace.
:: A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa, stupa meaning ‘heap’ in Indian, which contains Buddha’s relics, the shape being that of Buddha’s folded robes as a base upon which his upturned begging bowl and stick have been placed.
:: Buddhism is the label given to the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha who was born as Siddhartha Gautama and who lived in or around the fifth century BCE in the northeastern region of ancient India.
:: The London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park is one of 2 in the UK, the other being at Milton Keynes.
:: Permission to build it was the last legislative act of the Greater London Council.
:: Battersea Park is a large (83 hectares/200 acres) Victorian park that formally opened in 1858.

Where is Battersea Park Peace Pagoda?  How do I get to Battersea Park Peace Pagoda?
Battersea Park Peace Pagoda GPS Coordinates ::  51.4820173, -0.1612148 

MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE LONDON PEACE PAGODA

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If you are a first time visitor to London, you’ll know you’re in Europe’s most dynamic city when you’re on Westminster Bridge.  One of London’s most iconic structures, Big Ben, towers over the bridge along with Westminster Palace in full view.  Both are in full view so you can’t miss them.  The east side of the bridge offers brilliant views of the London Eye and Southbank London.

Did you know that Westminster Bridge is painted the same colour green as the leather seats in the House of Commons? Today’s bridge is also the second as the first crumbled a bit, and had to be replaced.  There is a bit of trivia for you, though there is much more to know about this stretch of road elevated above the Thames River.

– The bridge famously appeared both in James Bond movies and Dr Who.  But, you’ll also recognize the bridge in Mission Impossible, 101 Dalmatians and 28 Days Later.

– Westminster Bridge is 252 meters long and 26 meters wide.  There are seven elliptical spans; the most spans of any bridge along the Thames bridges.

– The bridge opened on Queen Victoria’s birthday, 24 May 1862.  She was scheduled to attend but missed the ceremony because she was still mourning Prince Albert’s death.

– Westminster Bridge is the oldest surviving road bridge across the Thames River in Central London.

– The bridge was funded by a lottery, which at the time was subject to fraud.  During the 1860’s a lottery was also considered immoral; thus, the bridge is also referred to as “The Bridge of Fools.”

– Westminster Bridge took more than eleven years to complete.

With regard to London Night Photography, Westminster Bridge offers incredible views of Westminster Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, and County Hall.  You will often find crowds along the bridge snapping away with their cameras, so do be cautious if you plan serious photography here, especially with a tripod.  Also be aware of errant selfie sticks!

I often walk down onto Albert Embankment to take photos from there.  Albert Embankment is the side of the river opposite the House of Parliament.   Arrive here via the steps on the Southwest corner of the bridge.   The unobscured view of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Bridge are unparalleled.

Plan to spend an hour or more on and around this area.  Being on Westminster Bridge is quintessentially London and a must-do for anyone.

If you are a photographer, you might also like the views from Millennium Bridge or Waterloo Bridge.

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Life in London is fast-paced. You can blink and miss seeing about ten things that just happened. Seriously, this is true.

As I was once told by a shopkeeper in Soho, everyone in London is tired. It’s no wonder because the day ends before you know it begins. Take a wild journey tho’ London with this fun video which shows various areas of London. The video includes St Paul’s Cathedral, numerous London Underground platforms with subway trains in motion, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Circus, busy Oxford Street, Westminster Abbey, Battersea Power Station, Chelsea Bridge and so much more. All of the sights are packed into a one minute video.

It is no secret I am easily entertained. It is also no secret I am fascinated with London at night. Marry the two and you’ll find me stuck in the middle of the road capturing London light streams and everything in motion. It all began when I learned photography and my penchant for photographing light streams (lights from cars as they drive by) never diminished. Thanks, Rupert Truman for teaching this little trick to me.

From Piccadilly Circus to St Paul’s Cathedral, Haymarket Street and onto Trafalgar Square, then Battersea Power Station. You’ll find everything moves fast in the city. The video also takes you to London Underground then back up to Oxford Street.

No wonder everyone in London is tired, but can you really be tired of London?

I will be offering a London in Motion photography workshop soon. If you are interested, please sign up for my mailing list and I’ll notify you of dates and pricing.

Included below are a few London light stream photos ::

The City of London is the historic heart of London. This area was already a bustling trading post almost 2000 years ago when it was part of the Roman Empire. Many of the irregular streets still follow the ancient Roman roads. The boundaries of the City also loosely follow the path of the Roman wall that was built here in the 2nd century AD.

Today the City is a mostly commercial district dominated by the stately buildings and skyscrapers that house offices for the finance industry. There are however plenty historical landmarks that were built in an era when the City was still densely populated. The star here is the majestic St. Paul’s Cathedral, but there are also noteworthy civil structures such as the Guildhall and the Leadenhall Market. And the Museum of London, which is appropriately located in the oldest part of London, documents the tumultuous history of the city.

Because of its rich history, winding streets and plethora of historical landmarks, The City, or Square Mile, nears the top of the best places to photograph London.  You could spend an entire day (or night) in the area.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and plan to explore the area with your camera.

Where Is The City of London?  How Do I Get To The City Of London?
GSP Coordinates of The City Of London :: 51.5155°N 0.0922°W

Map Showing Location of The City of London

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A video of Trafalgar Square at Night.

During the day, Trafalgar Square is full of people zig-zagging in all directions. The square has always been a meeting point and even a point for protests. Today, you’ll find numerous entertainment events that run the day to night in Trafalgar Square including buskers in various locations.

The time I love Trafalgar Square the most is during the night. The grandeur of the square is amplified after dark when the crowds thin out. And, depending on the time of night you’re there, you could possibly have the centre of London entirely to yourself. Stand overlooking the square with the National Gallery at your back. The views are splendid and you can appreciate the great city of London all the more.

In view is the glorious St Martin-in-the-Fields, a glimpse of Charing Cross, Canada House and even Big Ben in the distance. If you look up, I’m sure Admiral Nelson reaches into the heavens. I don’t know why Nelson looks higher in the sky at night, but he does. The sound of the fountains is louder at night and they almost sound as if you are near a waterfall.

The passing double-decker buses are especially fun to watch as they circle the roundabout then jet off into Whitehall or Charing Cross Road. If you like night photography, Trafalgar Square is an ideal place to capture light streams. Of course, there are all of the other sights I mentioned to photograph as well.

London is one of the most populous capital cities in the world yet there is calm and a bit of peace in the centre. Late at night, there are few stragglers. Very late at night, there is no one but me here. At night, the quiet moments; just me and such great rich history surrounding me. It is during the night when I love London best.

Below are a few images of Trafalgar Square that I’ve taken over the years.

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Apsley House occupies a prominent position in the centre of London, next to the formal entrance to Hyde Park and opposite the Wellington Arch.

The impressive exterior owes its appearance to the reconstruction of Apsley House by the architect Benjamin Dean Wyatt from 1819 onwards. The whole exterior is faced in Bath stone, and the symmetrical neoclassical south façade has a high four-column portico. There are three principal storeys. Wyatt’s refashioning of the exterior of Apsley accompanied the addition of a new wing on the western side of the original five-bay house designed by Robert Adam.

Aspley House stands alone at Hyde Park Corner, on the south-east corner of Hyde Park, facing south towards the busy traffic roundabout in the centre of which stands the Wellington Arch.

With regard to Aspley House being one of the best places to photograph London, it is interesting because of the location.  In addition to the grand house, you’ll also find the Hyde Park Corner arches, the Queen’s Gates (in Hyde Park and facing Park Lane), Wellington Arch and plenty of traffic if you like long exposure light streams.

Where Is Aspley House?  How Do I Get To Aspley House?
Aspley House GPS Coordinates :: 51.5032°N 0.151491°W

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The newest addition to the Bridges of London Family Millennium Bridge and one of my favourites Is there a London bridge not to like?   The Millennium stretches across the River Thames connecting St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Tate Modern.  In future posts, I will share some of my favourite London Walks which will include two ways to use this great bridge.   If you want a unique visit to London adds each of the bridges along the Thames River to your list of things to do.

For now, I will say the views east or west are not particularly great, though Tower Bridge is in nice view toward the east.  What I love most is being at either end of the bridge – Tate Modern side, or St Paul’s Cathedral side.  I especially favour this area for night photography because there are fewer people out and about after dark.  I often mention exploring London after working hours as the city’s population dwindles drastically.  Depending on the hour you venture out onto London streets, it is entirely possible to have the town to yourself.  And, here is a huge promise to you – when you are on your own in the city, you’ll appreciate London more and love her even more.

Being atop the Millennium Bridge is fantastic, which I mention above.  The contemporary design and airy feel of the bridge lend itself nicely to being below the bridge.  If the tide is low climbing down to the banks of the River Thames is easy enough if you don’t mind mud on your shoes.  The mud does hold a tripod in place very nicely I might add.  There are plenty of interesting perspectives for great photos towards The Shard, Tate Modern and even Blackfriars Bridge.  The city lights add interesting elements to whichever scene you choose that you will only capture being directly at the water.

For night photography, this is a fantastic spot for a stunning view of St Paul’s large dome. Of course, you’ll want to be on the bridge and not underneath it.  Get right down low, and place your camera on the bridge. Do be warned as others walk by, there is a vibration, so be sure to keep your camera steady.  Patience is the key for brilliant images.

Also be aware a few people will ask you not to include them in your photographs.  If you know about long exposures, then you know when the shutter is open for a length of time most people will not appear in your image.  On one occasion, I proved this to a passerby.  She did not like my answer after she told me not to take photos of her.  My reply was – “it doesn’t matter, you won’t show up in my photo.”  So, I asked her to walk in front of the camera then return to me.  She did just that and voila!  She was nowhere to be seen in the image.  

No matter if you are only a visitor to London or keen to capture brilliant images of the city, the Millennium Bridge should be on your list of things to do.  It should be no surprise I think night time is the best time to be here.

You might also like the short video of Millennium Bridge at night.