This one’s occasionally used stateside, but botched equates to messed up or poorly done. Don’t get it confused with the similar-sounding “bodged;” that adjective actually means improvised.
Head to the loo and you’ll hopefully find a bog roll, a.k.a. toilet paper. If you’ve got to go, you can also ask for the bog, lavatory, or just plain old lave.
Just like the quintessentially American dude, bloke is the stereotypical way of referring to a British man. This word actually dates back to circa-1829 though!
Shouting bagsy is the equivalent of claiming shotgun on the front seat or dibs on the last cupcake. Do not violate the rules of bagsy.
The undignified process of falling over, most commonly occurring when completely arseholed (drunk).
There could be an entire English dictionary devoted to variations of this single word. Referring to what in the US would be your ass, this word can be coupled with a variety of other words to create whole new realms of British slang (see below).
Used most commonly as a greeting and certainly not one that requires a response. Brits will welcome friends and family members alike by grunting these two words to one another.
In standard English, “bloody” usually refers to something covered in blood. In British slang, though, this is an intensifier (something that puts stress or importance on another word) and a mild expletive (swear word).
“Bloody British English is bloody confusing! Bloody hell! Why do they have so much bloody slang?”
British slang may seem confusing. It is not always the same as American slang. As you can see, the same words can mean very different things depending on whether you are talking to a Brit or an American, so be careful!
We all know improving language skills is no fluke—it takes practice. It doesn’t have to be boring, though. Just follow my advice and check out some of the clips in this article.
When you feel confident, you could always try some of your new words out on a real Brit (either in person or on the italki website).
I guarantee they will be chuffed with your efforts!
So what are you waiting for?
You’d better get cracking, mate!
When something is cracking it is particularly good or excellent. People can also be described as “cracking.” For example: “He’s a cracking lad.” It can also mean to get started on something (and this meaning is also used in American speech).
Another variation is the word “cracker.” Describing a person as a “cracker” means you think they are fantastic. (But watch out! This is completely different in American slang. In the U.S., “cracker” can be an insulting term for white people from rural areas.)
“That was a cracking dinner. Compliments to the chef.”
“I have lots of Christmas presents to wrap. I’d better get cracking!”
The original meaning of this word is choking or retching (making movements and sounds like vomiting). However, it also means to desperately need or want something.
“I’m gagging for a cuppa. I haven’t had one all day!”
“Can’t be arsed” is a less polite version of “Can’t be bothered.” It is used to express that someone really does not want to or has not got the energy to do a particular thing.
“Would you like go out today?”
“Can’t be arsed. It’s Sunday. I’m not getting out of bed.”
A “fluke” is something caused by chance or luck. Something can also be described as being “flukey,” meaning that it is particularly lucky or coincidental.
“I hit the bullseye (the red target on a darts board)!”
“That was a total fluke! You wouldn’t be able to do it again.”
“I won 10 pounds on the lotto again!”
“That is so flukey!”