British Slang 2

Slang is the use of very informal words and expressions. They are usually not considered standard language, but are often used in spoken language. Certain slang words are usually used by a particular group of people. Slang words and expressions are always changing and evolving, and words that are used a lot also change from year to year.  Here are some examples of British slang. As you work through these lessons you will notice they go in alphabetical order.

Lesson 2 below has words starting with the letters C – D.

Chin Wag: A chin wag means a chat. It is used as a way of describing a friendly conversation. An example would be: “Did you meet your friend yesterday?” “Yeah, it was good to catch up and have a good old chin wag”.

Collywobbles: The collywobbles are the feeling you get in your stomach when you feel stress, nervous or worried. This feeling is otherwise known as butterflies.

Chuffed: To be chuffed simply means to be pleased or delighted. An example would be: “Congratulations on getting the new job. I am really chuffed for you.”

Dead: In British slang dead means very or extremely. An example would be: “I went to that new pub yesterday and the food was dead good.”

Donkey’s Years: This means in a long time or ages. An example would be: “I haven’t seen you in donkey’s years!”



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