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If you were brought up with great British television like myself (though I grew up in New Zealand not England!), these phrases will be no surprise to you, but if you are an ESL learner they can be really confusing. So I thought I would put them down and decipher them for you. There are many more (which I will write about later but here are the first 20 anyway!)
- Charlie – idiot
That guy is a real Charlie!
- Give you a bell
I’ll give you a bell on Friday night.
- Blimey – my goodness
Blimey! That was a great goal!
- Gutted – devastated
When he lost his job he was really gutted.
- Chuffed – proud
He was really chuffed when he passed his exams.
- Fancy – like
I really fancy a hamburger right now.
- Lost the plot – gone crazy
The driver really lost the plot when he went over the other side of the road.
- Sorted – arranged
She doesn’t need anything she is already sorted.
- Kip – sleep
Let me get some kip tonight and I’ll see you tomorrow.
- Bee’s Knees – awesome
She thinks her son is really the bee’s knees at everything.
- Know Your Onions – Knowledgeable
Make sure you know your onions before you sit your exam!
- Dodgy – Suspicious
That business deal was very dodgy.
- Wonky – Not right/uneven
The hem on that dress is wonky.
- Wicked – Cool!
That new t shirt you are wearing is wicked.!
- Whinge – Whine/complain
Oh all you ever do is whinge, you have to start being more positive.
- Tad – Little bit
My dinner was a tad cold.
- Tenner – £10
Hey brother can you lend me a tenner?
- Fiver – £5
Hey brother can you lend me a fiver?
- Skiver – Lazy person or someone who avoids doing something
Don’t be a skiver, get the job done.
- Toff – Upper Class Person
The person is a real toff, you can tell by the way he speaks.
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