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British Bits and Bobs

English is a very diverse language and as English contributors we’re lucky to be able to hear songs from all over the world. Some of these songs, however, can be pretty tricky, as they use English in ways we may not be used to. Songs in British English can be difficult for American or second language speakers of English, and so we’ve decided to prepare a list of common British specific slang for reference when needed.

Word Meaning Example
Aggy Angry, aggressive “You’re being bare aggy”
Baccy Tobacco “Got any baccy?”
Bait Blaringly obvious “I know you like me, look at how bait you’re being”
Bare A lot of “There’s bare people here”“I’m bare tired”
Bevvy Alcoholic drink - short for beverage “Met her at the club then took her for a bevvy”
Bruv Brother (‘Bro’ in American slang) "You alright, bruv? What’s up?"
Chat Used as noun to mean good at talking (specifically to a date) “I’ve got the money, I’ve got the chat”
Chav Derogatory term, usually for a young, lower-class person.  “Yeah, he’s fit, but he’s a little bit chavvy”
Chuffed To be extremely happy/proud “I’m well chuffed with that!”
Cuppa Cup of tea “Fancy a cuppa, mum?” (Remember, ‘mum’ instead of ‘mom’)
Fag Cigarette (in this context it’s not offensive) “Mate, I need a fag”
Fit Attractive (not only in shape) “He’s well fit”
“Look at that fitty over there”
Grafting  Equivalent of ‘Hitting on’ - trying to gain the attention of a desired partner OR trying to make something up to an existing partner “Stacy is well pissed with me, I’m gonna have to graft all day”
Gutted To be extremely disappointed - opposite of chuffed “I’m proper gutted we lost the football last night”
Innit Short for ‘Isn’t it’ - used to seek confirmation “You heard this song, bruv?”“Yeah mate, good innit?”
Mugging someone off To disrespect someone. To make someone look stupid/pathetic. Also used as noun (to be a mug) or an adjective (muggy) “You’ve proper mugged me off”
“You’ve made me look like Sa mug now”
“Mate, that’s proper muggy”
Peng Attractive “She’s peng, bruv”
Pint Used to mean ‘Beer’, usually Lager specifically “Can I have a pint please mate?”
Piss Urine/Urinate “I need a piss"
Take the piss Making fun of someone in a harmless manner OR disrespecting someone “Don’t get upset, mate, I’m just takin’ the piss!”
“Nah, it’s not funny, you’re takin’ the piss now”
To be pissed Either to be drunk, or to be angry” “You’ve pissed me off”
Quid Pound - currency “Ticket to Madrid, only cost me 20 quid”
Racket Noise “I’m ready to party, ready to make a racket”
Shag To have sex with “Goin’ out to town, lookin’ for a shag”
Sick / Bangin’ / Mint ‘Good’ “Yo, that’s sick, mate!”
Slag / Sket Derogatory term for a female - connotations of sexual promiscuity “She’s a slag, she’s a sket, the worst girl I’ve ever met”
Trackies Track-suit “Walkin’ ‘round in her trackies”
Wasteman Someone you don’t respect - connotations of laziness He ain’t got no ambition, he a wasteman
(In order of severity) Tipsy, Wobbly, Pissed, Hammered, Smashed, Plastered, Sloshed, Trolleyed Drunk (almost any noun can be used to describe a very drunk person by adding ‘ed’ to the end of it) “Did you see Dave last night? Mate he was absolutely leathered”
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but it's a good place to start if you're having trouble deciphering a word. We've also got a British Content Editor, Tim, so you can feel free to contact him via Slack should you need further help.
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