British Slang 9

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 9 below has words starting with the letter T.

Tight: Tight or tight-fisted means someone not willing to spend money. An example would be: “I don’t think Jim will buy you a drink – he’s tight-fisted.”

Telly: This means television. An example would be: “What’s on telly tonight?”

Tenner: This means ten pounds, or a note worth ten pounds (£10). An example would be: “You couldn’t lend me a tenner until tomorrow, could you?”

Throw a spanner in the works: This means to do something that stops a plan or activity from succeeding. An example would be: “He won’t drive us to the beach, so that really throws a spanner in the works.”