British Slang 6

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 6 below has words starting with the letters O – P.

Over the moon: To be over the moon means to be very pleased or very happy. An example would be: “Are you happy to be a father again?” “I’m over the moon”.

Pad: A pad is a person’s house, room, or flat (apartment). Basically, the place they live in.

Porkies: This word is used to mean lies. For example, if someone is telling porkies, they are telling lies. It comes from pork pies, which sounds like lies.

Potty: This means silly or foolish. An example would be: “My neighbor is completely potty. She does her cleaning at 1am!”