British Slang 4

What is slang?

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 4 below has words starting with the letters G – H.

Give you a bell: This slang phrase means to call someone on the telephone. I will give you a bell tomorrow means I will call you tomorrow.

Gutted: To be gutted means to be very disappointed, devastated or saddened about something. An example would be: “I lost my wallet yesterday. I am gutted.”

Gobsmacked: This means to be very shocked or surprised. The word gob means mouth, so the phrase gobsmacked literally translates as smacked in the mouth. An example would be: “I was gobsmacked when I heard they were getting married. They have only known each other for a few weeks”.

Have a butcher’s: This phrase means to take a look at something or someone. An example would be: “Have a butcher’s at my new car. It’s really cool”.