People love to use slang words. It gives them a feel of ease, wit, popularity and, in a way, shows that they are up with the times. Despite the opinion that slang is only for the teen world this unique twist of popular language began years ago and is used all around the world. Most of the slang spoken is a derivative of the English language, but the way people contort it to suit their purposes will leave you speechless.
|SEE ALSO: Text Abbreviations for UK Teens|
Formal and informal English can be sharp, funny, many times raw and hard hitting and often novel. It is very capricious and subject to change constantly. Many of the British cockneys use slang like a first language and on the streets of London it is a wonder to hear. Below are some British slang words to give you a native feel of that isle.
‘arf a mo – Half a moment
Win the ashes – a series of England vs Australia test matches at cricket, etc. Also lose, regain the ashes
Aunty or Auntie – The British Broadcasting Corporation
Bad show – unfortunate
Baggage – pert woman
Ballyhoo – noisy and vulgar publicity
Barmy – crazy or eccentric
Barrow boy – street trading, selling goods from a barrel
Be off – go away
I’m not so green as I’m cabbage looking – I am not as foolish or inexperienced as you may imagine
Cabby – taxi-driver
Cack-handed – clumsy, left-handed
Cag-mag – rubbish, nonsense
You can’t do that there ‘ere – you are not permitted to do that.
Cast nasturtiums – cast aspersions
Catch it – be reprimanded or punished
Change – satisfaction. Assistance. I got no change out of him. He refused to help me.
Chase the dragon – inhale heroin fumes.
Chin-chin – good luck!
Chippy – fish and chips shop.
Chronic – severe. Very tiresome, disagreeable.
Chuck over – abruptly end a partnership or friendship with.
Civvies – civilian clothes, as opposed to service uniform.
Clean round the bend – quite mad.
Corporation – big stomach
Corpse – make a mistake, while acting a part on the stage (usu. by laughing unintentionally).
Cove – guy
Crack – witty retort. Joke.
Cracked – crazy
Dabs – fingerprints
Daffy – stupid
Deuce – evasion of devil. What the deuce are we to do?
The deuce to pay – trouble. Serious consequences.
Dial – person’s face.
Dicey – risky. Uncertain.
Diddle – cheat.
English slang has just about faded and been replaced by modern text jargon. There are still a few people who hang on to it though and if the younger generation spends a lot of quality time with older people, then English slang will remain alive. Slang comes in really handy when you need it; it is a way of expression that leaves standard English cold. It hits the mark a lot better than correct speaking.
Even though 80’s slang isn’t popular any more, there are still some people who hold onto it for dear life. Here are some English slang words below. Some are new and some are old and if you are in a certain age bracket you will remember them.
Groovy – acceptable. Very good.
Out-a-site – Very good.
Cool – sophisticated. Social acceptable.
Gnarly – same as cool.
Bodacious – incredible. She was one bodacious blonde!
Smooth – sophisticated. Socially apt.
Awesome – great. Cool.
Dork – unsophisticated person.
Nerd – book worm. Boring intellectual. Unsophisticated. Only a nerd would wear a long t-shirt with an ultra-long skirt.
Dweeb – almost the same as a nerd, but without the intellect.
Jerk – a vulgar and crude person, usually a man. He stood you up and left you in a weird part of town? What a jerk!
Moron – person with the intellect of a twelve year old.
Radical – cool in a bizarre way.
Scottish Slang Words
There are some very fascinating Scottish and Irish slang words and customs that have been passed on from generation to generation. Back in the old days, the Scots had a custom where people could be married by word-of-mouth. If one out of a couple spoke the words, “That is my husband/wife” in front of witnesses, Scottish law established the act as a legally binding marriage. Some words and terms have lost common use, but if you read old stories like The Little Minister by J. M. Barrie, or Beneath the Bonny Briar Bush by Ian Maclaren you will get a full-fledged vocabulary of both Scottish and Irish slang. The dialect of each section varies from which part of the country you are in. Highlanders speak differently from the Scots who dwell in South Ayrshire. Here are some slang words and phrases used by the Scots and Irish.
A nod’s as guid as a wink tae a blind horse – explain yourself properly, and make your meaning clear.
I’ll gie ye a skelpit lug! – I’ll give you a slap on the ear.
Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye! – what’s meant to happen will happen.
Skinny malinky longlegs – a tall thin person.
Lang may yer lum reek – may you live long and stay well.
Now for the Irish:
Sham – a friend
Gowl – aggravating silly person
Feek – beautiful girl
Quare – another meaning for very unusual
Yoke – thing. Anything or object or person. A broad descriptive term for anything.
Savage – very good or bad
Pure – really, very
Cat – a vociferous way to say that something is awful or really bad.
New Slang Words
Welcome to the world of of text slang, text language, text acronyms, text speak, and urban slang.
Text speak is a new way of communicating via cell phones and other devices. It is contrived of abbreviations and numbers mixed with numerals to convey messages. This actually came about as a ‘necessity being the mother of invention method’ for the limited amount of characters people are allowed to use in text messaging boxes. Any form of short language is the rage and absolute mandate for teens these days and only full words are used when extreme emotion or expressions are needed to express feelings.
Here are a few text message examples to give you internet novices a grip on how to understand the new urban text jargon.
U lft the party at 8. ? Wz it bcuz Barry threwup at the party. LOL!
Now I’ll translate that into English so you can understand it.
You left the party at eight. Why? Was it because Barry threw up at the party. Laugh out loud.
Now for some text abbreviations:
AFK – away from keyboard
ATM – at the moment
B/C – because
B4 – Before
BF/GF – boyfriend/ girlfriend
BOL – be on later
BRB – be right back
DM – direct message
DWBH – don’t worry, be happy
F2F – face to face
FB – Facebook
FYEO – for your eyes only
FYI – for your information
GR8 – great
HAK – hugs and kisses
IANAL – I am not a lawyer
IMHO – in my honest opinion
IRL – in real life
IU2U – it’s up to you
JSYK – just so you know
K – okay
PTB – please text back
QQ – crying. Rather than an abbreviation, this is an emoticon, a picture created in text. The tails of the capital Q form tears. For example: LTUQQ. Laugh ‘til you cry. Really ingenious!
ROFL – rolling on the floor laughing.
RUOK – are you okay? This is a phrase that is swiftly gaining popularity in Australia and follows a government initiative called RUOK Day, which promotes acknowledgment of mental health situations on social networking sites.
SSDD – same stuff, different day
SWAK – sealed with a kiss
SWYP – so what’s your problem?
TIA – thanks in advance.
TMRW – tomorrow
TTYL – talk to you later
WB – welcome back
WYCM – will you call me?
WTPA – where is the party?
The text acronym and word shortening techniques can be a lot of fun, especially if you can create your own code and send it to friends. You can text back and forth without anyone knowing WURTKGA –what you are talking about!
Don’t be surprised if you see slight variations to the present terms, or full caps and numbers in the middle of nowhere. Teens are constantly on the alert for new trends and will ad-lib when they feel like it.
Besides the world of text speak we are now on the horizon of new words added to our vocabulary. Some of them are legit (that is one of them by the way) and some are not. You may have come across several of them on entering convenience stores or when you passed any young people on the street. Some of these words are of American origin and some originate from the Caribbean. Read list of slang words to see if you recognize any of them.
Dat – I tink dis one is kina obvious isn’t it doe?
Doe – though. Original origin from the Bahamas or older African American speech.
Coolin’ it – relax, be cool.
Yaasss – complete refurbishing of the word yes.
Now we’ll list some words from the urban dictionary:
Ann Curry-ed – fired without notice or reason.
Awesome sauce – super awesome.
Baby bump – the extended abdomen of a women who is in the first stages of pregnancy.
Baller – a person who excels at sports.
C-note – a one hundred dollar bill.
Cosby Sweater – a highly multi-coloured sweater like the ones Bill Cosby used to where on The Bill Cosby Show.