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Articles Tagged 'British Slang'


WATCH: What’s the Latest British Slang?

Every morning, we bring you the Anglophenia British Word of the Day on our Facebook page. If you’ve been following us, you know there’s a plethora of terms to learn. However, with British youth culture generating tons of new words and phrases to grasp, it can be hard to keep up. No need to worry: […]

They are, they are, they are the mods (Pic: Terry Fincher/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1960s Mod Slang We Should Use Today

In 1983, the venerable British pop magazine Smash Hits (sadly no longer with us) published a feature called “The Things People Said,” in which Tom Hibbert pulled together a lexicon of youth slang, across the rocking ’50s, the groovy ’60s, the hippy ’70s and the heavy metal ’80s. For a young fan of pop culture […]

Lethal Bizzle in full ‘dench’ regalia (Pic: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

5 Newish British Slang Terms from the Kids

We present a short lexicon of modern British street slang, so that the unwary traveler does not get their peng mixed up with their YOLO and find themselves chirpsing with someone who is jokes. A most undesirable state of affairs, I trust you’ll agree. Oh my days! It may sound like the sort of expletive […]

Ripper Street

10 Victorian Swears from the Real ‘Ripper Street’

Ripper Street returns to BBC AMERICA this Wednesday (April 29) at 10/9c for a third season. There are new cast members—including Sherlock’s Louise Brealey—new stories and all manner of unpleasant goings-on in the grottiest parts of Victorian London. So, to get you in the mood (and possibly upset your stomach) here’s a brief working definition […]

Keira Knightley and James Righton

Keira Knightley is ‘In the Pudding Club,’ Probably

There are multiple rumors and whispers across the internet suggesting that Keira Knightley is pregnant with her first child. Wonderful news if it’s true, but bootee-knitters should be warned that there has been no formal announcement and of course it only takes one interview in which a female star talks about her future plans for […]

A woodlouse

How Many Names do Brits Have for Woodlice?

There’s not a lot to do in the British countryside, especially if you’re whiling the decades away waiting for someone to invent the internet. So you can’t blame the residents of a tiny island nation for choosing to pass the time creating quite so many cute little names for the common woodlouse. For entertainment value, […]

Robert Burns’ cottage

25 Scottish Sayings That Will Get You Through Life

No matter what happens in the referendum over Scottish independence this week, the wit, expressive depth and wisdom of the Scottish people is something to be cherished. They know a thing or two about stoicism in the face of poor fortune, and there’s a clear knack for cutting through airs and graces too. So here […]