Moving to London - Popular Slangs
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People in London communicate with a lot of slangs. If you are not familiar with them, you might feel left out or confused when people are having conversations. Here are some common slangs with examples of how they are used.
Meaning - Excellent
Use: “That’s Ace”.
Meaning – is everything fine?
Use: “Alright Mate”.
Meaning - to get very angry
Use: “He went Ballistic when he realised his car had been stolen”.
Meaning - put in prison
Use: “John’s been banged up”.
Meaning - a man you don’t know the name of
Use: See that Bloke/geezer over there”.
Bun in the oven
Meaning - Pregnant
Use: “She’s got a bun in the oven”.
Meaning - happy
Use: “I’m chuffed that he gave me a gift”.
Meaning - normally used for female’s if their names are not known
Use: In a small shop, Sales assistant would say – “That would be £5.00 darlin”.
Doing my head in
Meaning - getting on my nerves
Use: “He is doing my head in”.
Meaning - money
Use: “That’s a lot of Dosh”.
Meaning - a fool or an idiot.
Use: “You Doughnut!".
Meaning - football
Use: “I’m playing footie on Saturday”.
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Use: “I can’t believe they are going out together. I’m gobsmacked”.
Meaning - upset about something
Use: “She was so gutted that she didn’t get the job”.
Meaning - Drunk
Use: “I got hammered last night”.
Meaning - dubious
Use: “That business man seems iffy to me”.
Keep your hair on
Meaning - keep calm, don’t get upset
Use: “Alright, keep your hair on”.
Meaning - Tired
Use: “I’ve been working all day without a break, I’m knackered”.
Leave it out
Meaning - stop doing that/ stop saying that
Use: A friend keeps on teasing you - “Leave it out”.
Meaning - very drunk
Use: “She is legless”.
Meaning - has a lot of money
“David Beckham is loaded”
Lost the plot
Meaning - gone mad or crazy
Use: “What’s wrong with you, have you lost the plot? ”.
Meaning - Friend
Use: “Hi Mate”.
Meaning - to have no money
Use: “I paid a lot of bills yesterday, I’m skint”.
Wicked (pronounced wikid)
Meaning - Excellent / good
Use: “That’s a wicked idea”.
There are more but you’ll pick them up as you interact with people.
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