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Moving to London - Popular Slangs

Updated on February 28, 2012

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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.

Ace

Meaning - Excellent

Use: “That’s Ace”.

Allright?

Meaning – is everything fine?

Use: “Alright Mate”.

Ballistic

Meaning - to get very angry

Use: “He went Ballistic when he realised his car had been stolen”.

Banged up

Meaning - put in prison

Use: “John’s been banged up”.

Bloke/ geezer

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”.

Chuffed

Meaning - happy

Use: “I’m chuffed that he gave me a gift”.

Darlin

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”.

Dosh

Meaning - money

Use: “That’s a lot of Dosh”.

Doughnut

Meaning - a fool or an idiot.

Use: “You Doughnut!".

Footie

Meaning - football

Use: “I’m playing footie on Saturday”.

 

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Gobsmacked

Meaning surprised

Use: “I can’t believe they are going out together. I’m gobsmacked”.

Gutted

Meaning - upset about something

Use: “She was so gutted that she didn’t get the job”.

Hammered

Meaning - Drunk

Use: “I got hammered last night”.

Iffy

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”.

Knackered

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”.

Legless

Meaning - very drunk

Use: “She is legless”.

Loaded

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? ”.

Mate

Meaning - Friend

Use: “Hi Mate”.

Skint

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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Also Read: Moving to London Part 2 - More Popular Slangs

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Kendrick

      Lol. No you didn't. Oh dear.... our slangs are so funny. I found out that what we call "fag" which is cigarette, is actually a negative word in America. Life hey!!

      Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      Kendrick 5 years ago

      the last time I was in U.K I was walking with a women who was pushing a stroller, she got it stuck going onto the curb and as I gave a hand I said c'mon get your end up, well, the look she gave me could have stopped a train, she later told me what it meant, I will leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Sw1digital - Cheers Suny. That was wikid. It made me laugh.

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      sw1digital_fcd 6 years ago

      Suny51 D'oughnut? you muppet, get it right sparkle :-) So you don't appear a doughnut

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Plantinum - I like that one too.... Infact, sometimes I say. "She is doing my Nut in." Lol.

      Thanks for stopping. Have a Happy New Year.

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      platinumOwl4 6 years ago

      Lady_E, this is wonderful, this article discover me at the first of the year. I guess it was time. The one slang I love the best and will never forget is,"Doing my head in"

      This one is priceless. happy New Year.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Ha ha.... that made me smile. Indeed, they keep us alive. Oh, you must come back for Olympics 2012.

      Best Wishes.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      You bring back lots of cherished memories for indeed these were the kind of terms, sorry slang, I heard when I was living in the UK. Legless, intereting, pissed, another, ace and dosh and what have you, grand another. These bits and pieces of speech are culturally very important, they keep us alive. Great Hub, Voted Up.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Lol Alladream - Thanks for sharing that. :)

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      Victor Mavedzenge 7 years ago from Oakland, California

      When I first moved to London the expression "Legless" really got me, my studio mates used it all the time. These are fun!

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      keenanster 7 years ago

      lol (mint) (giz a suck) (sappnin) (sup)

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Mythbuster - Glad you enjoyed it.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      lol @ gobsmacked and skint. This hub is great. Some funny ways to use words here but I've heard a few of these expressions - not most - just a few.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Dre - I think they'll get dusty if I don't keep on circulating them. lol. I hope I am following you on Twitter. If not: please let me know your Twitter profile.

      Thanks for stopping.

      Have an Ace Weekend. :)

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      Chris 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I see you're tweeting older hubs. Awesome strategy.

      Anyway, I love wicked! I use it all the time. Cool hub (thumbs up)!!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Lol Support Med

      I'm very chuffed to read your comments too. :)

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Interesting. Banged-up here usually means 'pregnant.'How about dosh-loaded (just kidding; that would seem like tons and tons of money, LOL!). Well, I must say that I am chuffed to have an on-line mate such as yourself Lady_E. Have a great day! Voted-up and rated.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Lol Akhil, that's right. Glad you found the article useful. Best Wishes.

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      Akhil Tiwari 7 years ago

      Quite informative. I really like british slangs n i want to thank u for givin' me some of the useful slangs,though i know majority of them r still missing and u can't help it. And,above all,i thank Mr.PG Wodehouse for creating such great characters,plots n giving some of the wickedest(right,elena?) slangs.

      Cheerio!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks dreamreachout. You have to teach me some Indian Slangs one day... :)

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Hey, I had read the sequence to this hub but not this one!! This is as wonderful as the other one!! :)

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Suny51

      I enjoyed reading your comments.

      Best Wishes.

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      suny51 8 years ago

      that's very informative Lady-that will help next month although I shall not be loaded but,at least wont look doughnut cause I am fore warned and therefore forearmed,thank you mate.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Mariannn

      that's interesting to know - it means I won't feel lost, if ever I get a chance to visit Sweden.

      Thanks for stopping.

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      MariannGood 8 years ago

      Some slang expression are similar to those in Swedish.

      Thank you for an interesting read.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      No problems Johnkay, I've put a first class ticket to London in the post to you.

      You just need to get past Mr Ash Cloud. Thanks for stopping. Regards. :)

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      johnkay 8 years ago

      how i wish i could be i London by now

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Dimmy. :)

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      dimmy kul 8 years ago

      wow

      dis helps a lot

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Lol nettech. I get you, I'm feelin you.

      It's time this Hub had a part two - you are right there are loads of slangs not in. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      nettech 8 years ago from London (UK)

      What about 'Safe'? 'Blud', 'skeen'...lol

      Sorry, just some of the slang I grew up in East London with...lol, theres plenty you've missed out but that's a good thing...hehehehe

      Great hub, made me 'crack up', you get me? lol

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** lol Bboy, wikid of you to drop by.

      ** Cheers hhdmy.

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      hhdmy01254 8 years ago

      that's a really wonderful slangs,you know

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      bboy spooks 8 years ago

      wagwan you lots this so cool ukno i love em yh

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Duchess - Its quite similar to UK. So, whenever I visit Canada, I will understand people when they use slangs. :)

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      Very interesting. It's hard sometimes to determine what is slang when you use it all the time.

      Canadian Slang is the same with:

      "Wicked" and "Hammered"

      "Gutted" is for the hunters and

      "Keep your hair on" is the same as our "keep your shirt on"

      and new one from Canada

      "Knocked up" = "Pregnant"

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      Crazy 8 years ago

      I like the one 'Bun in the oven' :P

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Lol Charmaine. Thanks for visiting. :)

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      Charmaine 8 years ago

      You missed out gobshite lol.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Michele.

      Prasetio, I think you should teach me some American English slangs. :)

      Lol. Capisce - I say "Bob's yer uncle" a lot.

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      Capisce 8 years ago

      I lived with a Brit for awhile. I normally could understand what she was saying but when she spaking to home on the phone it was another language. Bob's yer Uncle.

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      Michele Arrvinte 8 years ago

      Wow nice one, really useful to understand English movies. :)

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I get new information about slang words. thanks for sharing some information. Because British English is a little difficult to learn.different from American English.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Katacham. :)

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      katacham 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh i've got one -

      Peng - "to be fit, hot, good-looking, attractive".

      "Aw man she is well peng!" :D

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Philipo, remember to go through them again when you are visiting London. :)

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      Funny, interesting and educative. Thanks.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Fiery Mate, you are right. I left out all the rude ones.  I must read your Hub on British Flicks. I'm sure its a wikid one, innit?  :)

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      fierycj 8 years ago

      Ha ha ha, Elena. brillant one. There are a whole lot of others you left out. which I know if you included, you hub would sure be flagged down. But its nice though. I like british slangs. That's why I did the new hub on British flicks...they kill me with their dialogues.

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