British Slang 5

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 5 below has words starting with the letters J – M.

Jammy: To be jammy means to be lucky. An example would be: “She won three games of bingo last night.” “How jammy!”

Have a kip: This phrase means to have a sleep or have a nap.

Knackered: This means extremely tired. An example would be: “How was your day?” It was really busy. I’m knackered”.

Mate: Mate is used to describe a friend. It can also be used as an informal way to greet someone. An American equivalent might be buddy or dude. An example would be: “Alright, mate! How’s it going?”

Minted: This means to be very rich. An example would be: “My boss is minted. He drives a Porsche.”