I was in two parts of the UK last summer: in London, and in Northern Ireland. But what kind of slang is common to these two areas? Previously, I introduced to you some slang that is known throughout the British Isles. This is a second and final list of yet more popular words:
HAVE A NOSEY (NOSE) — to have a quick look
Ooh, let’s have a nosey in this shop for a minute.
JOE BLOGGS — a typical, average man
Any Joe Bloggs on the street could tell you who the Queen is.
KNACKERED — very tired
When we finally got home, I was completely knackered.
NUMPTY — a foolish person or idiot
Michael, you’re a total numpty, that’s the wrong type of coffee for that machine.
NOT MY CUP OF TEA — not something I like
Cricket is just not my cup of tea.
SKIVE — to not go to work or school, pretending to be sick
The two lads were caught skiving around the back of the building.
SLAG — to make fun of someone
You really shouldn’t slag your best friend like that.
SNOG — a passionate kiss (also a verb)
The couple were seen snogging during the company’s Christmas party.
TALK RUBBISH — talk nonsense
Would you stop talking rubbish, it’s not going to rain tomorrow.
TAKE THE MICKEY — to tease someone
His brothers really took the mickey out of him for wearing the strange hat.
TWIT — an idiot
What a twit you are!
WIND UP — to joke with someone
All right, all right, calm down! I was only winding you up.
ZONKED — very tired and ready to fall sleep
I am zonked. I’m going straight to bed, right now.
I hope you enjoy this fun little list and insight into English in the UK.