Moving to London Pt 2 - More popular Slangs

This is part 2 of my Hub: Moving to London – Popular Slangs

It’s that time of the year again when lots of people visit London for Holiday and I wouldn’t want you to feel left out of conversations. Here are some more common Slangs, with examples of how they are used. Also, there’s a fun Quiz at the end, that might win you a nice Prize.



Meaning - Cup of Tea.

Use: "Sit down, I'll make us a cuppa".


Meaning – Beer.

Use: “Have you got any Booze in the Fridge?”


Meaning - Bold/Nerves.

Use – “I wanted to tell that man off but I didn’t have the bottle." or "I lost my bottle.”


Meaning – Champagne.

Use – "That’s excellent news. Lets crack open the Bubbly."


Meaning – very attractive.

Use – "Doesn’t he look dishy in that suit?"


Meaning – Easy.

Use: "I'm sure I passed the test. It was a doddle."


Meaning – Cigarette.

Use: “Give me 5 minutes, I just need to have a Fag.”


Meaning – £5

Use: “Have you got a Fiver in your purse?”


Meaning – not got a clue.

Use: Looking puzzled “I haven’t got the foggiest!”


Michelle Obama and the Queen

No informalities or slangs used with the Queen of England. The conversation would be along the lines of: "Yes, your Majesty."

Not, "Wad up, Queen? Can I hang out in the Palace for a while?"

I wouldn't want you hanging with Security. :)

The Princes Harry and William however, are pretty cool and do use London slangs from time to time.


Meaning – Give us.

Use: "Gis a Hug." "Gis a drink." "Gis a Smile."


Meaning – Homosexual person.

Use: "He is a Homo."

Lez (sometimes, offensive)

Meaning – Lesbian.

Use: "She’s a Lez.."


Meaning – Rich.

Use: "Footballer Ashley Cole is absolutely minted. He earns over £80,000 a week."

Off your Trolley

Meaning – Are you crazy?

Use: “What’s wrong with you? Are you off your Trolley?”

Pack it in

Meaning – Stop it!

Use: At kids making noise and running round. “Pack it in before you hurt yourselves.”


Meaning – Drunk.

Use: “He can’t walk straight, he’s plastered.”


Meaning – Stupid.

Use: “Are you thick or what?”


Meaning - £10.

Use: “I won a Tenner on the Lottery.”


How about taking: My London Quiz


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

That's really cool! A few of the terms are also American slang, but a few of them I'd never heard before. Thank you.

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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Interesting list of slangs. Some I've heard and know in the US. Others I did not have the foggiest. A cigarette is a FAG? How odd.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

LadyE, Nice helpful and humourous hub! London is wonderful, I hope to visit again... Thank you for sharing, much love & Blessings!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your hub. Yes, good old London.

dreamreachout 6 years ago

Interesting info .. some of these are used in India as well!!

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Happyher, I wish I knew the ones you used in America. Nice of you to drop by.

** Lol, FGual, you didn't have the Foggiest? The Fag one is strange because I think it has another meaning in America. Thanks for stopping.

** Hello DeBorrah, we look forward to receiving you. I'm going to lobby for you to stay in maybe the Ritz. That's like a 10 Star Hotel. I want you to enjoy your stay and be treated like a Queen. I'll check this week, if it has a Pent House. Best Wishes.

** Cheers Hello, hello - me and you will have to meet for a cuppa and some biccies one day.

** Hi dreamreachout - Yes, I watch a lot of bollywood movies and notice Indians like the western culture. So what people are doing in Europe, America etc is reflecting there.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I like these-'Off your trolley' does describe many I know! :)

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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

These are great - After spending more time in Canada, I heard them refer to a $1.00 and $2.00 coin as a (one)looney and a (two)tooney, but have to admit that the first time I heard it I thought they were insulting my family and wanted to slap somebody. Fortunately, I looked distressed enough that someone quickly explained it to me. Sure wish this type of Hub had been available - 'back then!' Very nice!

loriamoore 6 years ago

These are fun. Spent 12 days on a cruise last year with mostly people from the UK and heard many of those and a few more. I liked it when the lady at dinner said, "I had to wash me bits."

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

This was terrific. I knew or guessed my fair share of the terms, but also realized there were quite a few I never heard, and I fear I would frequently not know what was said to me if I visited London.

I feel that way at work also, so I guess I would get by. Thanks!


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

These are good to know, Lady E. I follow a UK golfer on Twitter and sometimes I don't understand what he's saying or meaning. Or, should I say, I haven't the foggiest! Just a little thick I guess. ;)

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ceholmes 6 years ago from Chicago

I lived in London and heard some of these word slangs :) very nice hub!

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andromida 6 years ago

This is just more than great.I love reading this type of hubs- I know nothing abt slangs :)

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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

This is cute! I like 'cuppa', 'gis' and 'dishy'! The 'fag' for a cigarette would not go too well over here I don't think, as over here it is slang for a homosexual male. I also like 'trolley' and 'minted', especially 'minted' LOL! I got 5 our of 10 right on the quiz. So I'll take your advice and try again. Have a good one!

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Lol. Lorlie - that "trolley" one make me laugh. You could also say "Have you lost your Marbles?" lol.

Thanks for stopping.

** Hello Mwatkins, I laughed out when I read your comment. Ah! Bless. I would have thought they were calling me a "Looney" - which is Lunatic in Slang. lol. I'm so glad someone came to your rescue. Regards.

** Hi Loriamoore, lol. Yes "bits". Oh, that is so funny. Bits can be for - you know what?! It can also be used for something else. E.g I'm going to the supermarket to get some bits and bobs. (some things). Hope you really enjoyed that Cruise. Thanks for stopping.

** Lol Mike - everyone's comments are cracking me up today. (making me laugh) You feel that way at work? Never mind, I'll get you a nice Tour Guide when you visit. Regards.

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Jai, aaawh - I've noticed some people use slangs on Twitter. Hopefully, as time goes by, you'll have more of a clue. Best Wishes.

** That's nice to know ceholmes. Hope you had an enjoyable time while you were here. Regards.

** Hi Andromida - glad you enjoyed reading it and hope it helps whenever you are opportuned to visit London. Best Wishes.

** Hi Support Med - It's nice you took the Quiz. I wouldn't score up to 5 on an American Quiz. Glad you enjoyed the Hub.

I'm chuffed. (Happy). lol

Best Wishes

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graceth0mas 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Lovely! That was really nice. I have friend from UK and he uses a lot of those slangs. Here's a booze to you! ;)

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great slang hub - reminds of London - rhyming slang is pretty cool too, sounds pretty foreign if you haven't heard it before. I better hit the frog and toad, see ya Lady E

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Cheers graceth0mas, thanks for your warm comments.

** Hi Billy, lol. That's a funny one "hit the frog and toad". Thanks for stopping.

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Gigi2 6 years ago from UK

A great hub, gave me a good laugh. The things I say and don't think about!

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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Great hub Lady E, well in the Chicago area where I am from most people call soda, POP, just pop, most of the rest of the country calls it soda. But in Texas where I went to visit a friend, we went out to eat and the waitress asked what we wanted to drink. My friend said she wanted a "coke", and the waitress asked what kind, now I'm confused in my own country, and my friend said 7-up. I was floored. Apparently every kind of soda pop in Texas is called a coke, then what kind, like Mountain Dew or Pepsi. Really weird.

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Fishtiger,

That's interesting - no matter the soft drink, it's a "coke". Like you wrote it's weird.

In UK, we call it a Soft drink or Fizzy drink.

It's so interesting knowing about what happens in different countries. Best Wishes. :)

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bingskee 6 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

this is very interesting, Lady_E. thank you for sharing. now i can use some of these. :-)

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

That's lovely Bingskee

I would like you to feel very much at home when you visit the UK. Best Wishes. :)

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I hope I get to use these someday!!

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Not to worry Habee, you'll get the hang of it. :)

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theirishobserver. 6 years ago from Ireland

great hub - to live is to learn - hope you are well....Irish

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Cheers Irsihobserver.

Best Wishes.

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Susan Carter 6 years ago

It's so funny that people make up short slang words. I've heard a few of the ones you listed, but some of the others just "cracked me up". That's American for "very funny". Now I'll understand what some of the tourists are saying when I hear the British accent. Thanks for the laughs Lady_E.

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks again Susan. I am looking forward to visiting America some day and hope to learn some slangs too.

Best Wishes. :)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hi Lady E - I love your hub! I just published one about slang around the world and I hope you don't mind if I link this in:) Its terrific and up and all that:)

Thanks - Kelly

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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author


Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Feel free to link any of my Hubs. I have read your Hub about slangs and also linked it to this one. I liked the internet codes. lol.

Best Wishes.

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