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The British Slang Quiz

Updated on September 26, 2014
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Welcome to the British Slang Quiz! Are You Ready?

Having been married to a Brit for over ten years, I have now managed to get past the accent, but I also have found myself learning this whole new language.

Having lived in the UK for some months, I found myself saying seemingly innocent things that really had me in trouble, and alternatively, had me stifling laughter when I heard certain phrases that are everyday expressions over there.

British readers should breeze through this quiz - but if you are from North America, how well do you know your British slang? Here are ten words and phrases to test your knowledge of colloquial speech, used frequently by our cousins across "the pond".

So, go ahead and find out whether you are "the bee's knees", or whether you will get "brassed off" after having completed this "crackin'" quiz!

Here's the Quiz!


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So, are you "chuffed" or really "gutted" at how you did?

How Did You Do With the Quiz? : Your Comments Are Welcomed

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      Nice lens, although I failed pretty much.

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      OUTFOXprevention1 3 years ago

      Fun quiz. 50%

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      Naheed Ahsan 3 years ago

      i need to learn some more

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      Cecilia Karanja 3 years ago from Nairobi

      I scored 30%. But English is my third language. So, well...

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      I got only three. Better to stay away from UK I guess!!

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      I am chuffed to say that I aced it - and I am not a Brit :-) Of course, a bit of travel and meeting the locals helped.

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      Owen Barry 3 years ago

      10 out of 10. Pucka. Class.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Mildly amazed.

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      FandomWriter 3 years ago

      40% correct!

      Oh my, and I was planning to move to UK! I see many embarrassing moments coming my way...XD

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      10 out of 10! But then again I am the United Kingdom Contributor on Squidoo!! Cor blimey wat are yer banging on about?

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I did very well, thank you. I am an Anglophile and do love everything British except for the cramped quarters.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      I'm really ;gutted ah how I did :( I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year, JustBon-Crochet-Designs! Along with complete management of new home's (British) slangs.

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      kehsiberry 3 years ago

      I got 60% right.. hmm I can live now in UK eh?

      :-)

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      Baddew Fibes 3 years ago

      I aced it and got 100%. But then I live in the UK, so I guess that's cheating a little bit! Well chuffed! :)

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      half correct so I learned a lot, thanks!

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      marie-churchman 3 years ago

      I did sadly bad, but it was fun and I learned some things. Love a good quiz!

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      loopylooh 3 years ago

      I got 10 out of 10 but being british i suppose its cheatin :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As a Brit, it's really interesting to know some of the phrases which will confuse people when I'm over in the States.

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      Ean Brandon 4 years ago from United States

      I nailed that quiz!

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      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      I got 6/10. I agree that to avoid getting into trouble one should learn the slang of the country that you are visiting. If you have friends or family from another country just ask them to teach you. Thanks for the quiz.

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      cgeertsc 4 years ago

      5 out of 10

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      cgeertsc 4 years ago

      5 out of 10

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      Debbie 4 years ago from England

      10/10 but then I would have been trollied if I hadn't!!!

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      Gutted - need to study.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Chuffed - the quiz was the bees knees!

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      x10dit lm 4 years ago

      Chuffed. You should add some Black Country slang too... now that would be a challenge...

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      Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

      Chuffed - but I must admit that I cheated. I'm English. Great quiz though - I use all of those phrases and I never considered them particularly English Slang but I guess they are! Fun Quiz - thank you :)

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I don't know

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      100%. Gobsmacked.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      7/10 not too bad! Never heard of three of them which is weird considering am British! Maybe they aren't as commonly used in Scotland ....

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I spanked it! 10/10. I'm pretty sure I've done this quiz before though.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just made the one mistake..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      3/10 but I'm Danish :P Or rather: was...

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      10/10, although I can't remember the last time anyone I know here in Britain actually used the word "dishy"!

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      melissiaoliver 5 years ago

      10/10, but then I'm British so I would hope to do well!

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      you might say I'm over the moon

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      5/10 thx

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      Kevo1986 LM 5 years ago

      Im Scottish so that was fairly easy, 90%

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      JamesDWilson 5 years ago

      Walk in the park!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      did pretty well.

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      Stanley Green 5 years ago from Czech Republic

      Man...not so good...gotta learn more :)

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      100% - chuffed to bits.

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Fun lens.

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      100% but then I am a Brit!!

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      LouJon 5 years ago

      100%, I use most of that slang myself lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Not so good!

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I am the D's B's - 100%

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      chris1402 5 years ago

      Made-up ! 100%

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      robertclarke 5 years ago

      70% i think i am quite chuffed with that

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      I was 6/10, but half of my six were guesses.

      Sometimes watching British film or TV it takes awhile for my ears to get tuned in (like a Branagh Shakespeare film). I remember watching The Full Monty and I couldn't understand the first ten minutes or so. Eventually, something clicked and I could understand them perfectly. Of course, certain terms I had to pick-up by context. My favorite term I learned from that movie is quid for a British pound.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      10/10 So chuffed I ran up the apples and pears (stairs) laid my head on the weeping willow (pillow) and went to bo peep (sleep) lol great lens

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      Sojourn 5 years ago

      I must be "gutted" but I might have gotten that wrong, too. ;) Love British slang but only know a few phrases. I have a friend from England who has to decode his emails to me periodically just so they make sense!

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      tmstrekkie 5 years ago

      chuffed 10/10 - but I am a Brit!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      not bad for a california girl... 8 for 10...

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Didn't do as well as I'd hoped! Enjoyed the video and learned a lot!

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      sammyaddams lm 5 years ago

      10/10 but i am British, great quiz

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      I'm chuffed! Never lived there, just visited.

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      FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

      Got them all. I am a Brit though!

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      Kara Hara 5 years ago

      8/10

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      GrowthSpark 5 years ago

      majorly chuffed, ta very much

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      could have done better

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      Oosquid 5 years ago

      At last a quiz that I did well on. Really enjoyed it, luvly jubly :0)

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      IanMayfield 5 years ago

      Brain's faggots... how well I remember them. Revolting in concept but (for some perverse reason) delicious in taste!

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      WilliamPower 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      This was fun

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      10 out of 10 - Chuffed!

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      Just4Hair 5 years ago

      10 out of 10, not bad for a Brit. Cool lens some great slang words.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Only if you're "off your trolley" or "plastered" can you expect to score a perfect 10 on this quiz if you're not be a brit. I guess however if you're "really jammy" and have "a lotta bottle" this quiz could perhaps be quite "a doddle". My score however was "total pants"! Anyway I'm feeling rather "parky" right now and less than "dishy", so I think I'll be "going off for a gander" elsewhere... but first I need to visit the "khazi"! :)

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      great quiz

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Only 60% for me. Several I'd never ever heard of! Fun quiz.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I had a 70%.

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      pkmcr 5 years ago from Cheshire UK

      I would have been worried if I had scored low on this one! But I managed to get 100% :-)

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, 8 of 10--better than I expected. But I do confess to guessing on quite a few. That was fun.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      Darn, I thought I'd do better, being British in origin and all! Better luck next time, I guess!

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      100% i know my british slang at last a good score

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm gutted that I didn't get a higher score! Watch a lot of British telly, so I hoped I knew at least half of this, but to be true to myself, I had to guess everything.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm gutted that I didn't get a higher score! Watch a lot of British telly, so I hoped I knew at least half of this, but to be true to myself, I had to guess everything.

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      tonyb65 5 years ago

      Seriously chuffed, a great lens. How about some Cockney Rhyming slang. I just go and have a cup of Rosie and Pears then I shall go up the apples and pears.

      Fantastic. I lived in Godalming and went to the Grammar School on Tuesley Lane

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      huvalbd 5 years ago

      After 5 years here, I'm gutted that I didn't score better. I have to swot up!

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      cor blimey!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good lens...........

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Nothing with the word quite in it? That's quite odd. Nicely done quizzler.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      50%. And I'm afraid I guessed at most of the answers (blush). Enjoyed your lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm from London born and bred - only got 70%!

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      robertsugar lm 5 years ago

      Some of them I did not know. Thanks for improving my vocabulary.

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      Inkhand 5 years ago

      A blooming fun lens.

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      SimpleSocialSolution 5 years ago

      Great lens good questions aswell! x

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      PearlHowie 5 years ago

      Chuffed - am finding US questions a bit hard. P.S. It's not British English it's just English (we invented it ;)

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      boomerex 5 years ago

      Nice quiz, thanks!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      Yay 100%....ok, so I'm British, but I still had fun! Thank you

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      There's a lot of terms I've never heard. Thank you.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for a fun and informative lens.

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      pixieish 5 years ago

      The quiz made me smile - Confusing non-Brits, exactly what the British do best!

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      Thanks for improving our knowledge.

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      Gift_Bird 5 years ago

      I guess I'm average. Yeah!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      5 out of 10.....ooooops!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      10/10! Extremely chuffed indeed!

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      NevermoreShirts 5 years ago

      6/10 - somewhat disappointing, considering how much British TV I watch (besides just Doctor Who. lol)

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      bhthanks 5 years ago

      1 out of 10, don't know british slang

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      8 out of 10, hope for me yet