No. 1: Slang and Making Up Words


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“As a patchwork nation made up of counties upon countries upon kingdoms, Britain wears its idiosyncratic quirks of language like fans wear the T-shirt of their favorite band… Popular Britishisms like cheerio and tickety-boo are just colorful ways to use language. And the Brits do love a bit of color in their social discourse.

Chunder — vomit

Fizzog — face

Hobbledehoy — a swaggering youth or awkward buffoon

Knackered — tired, as in ‘fit for the knackers yard,’ where horses were taken to die

Lurgy — cooties

Rat arsed — drunk

Sod off — ‘go away’

Take the piss — mock or satirize

Twee — cardigan-wearing cupcake fan (a mocking term)

Wazzock — idiot (affectionate term)”

Back catalogue: Anglophenia: 5 Newish British Slang Terms From the Kids

Anglophenia: Fraser’s Phrases: British Nerd Slang, ‘Swots and Boffins’

Anglophenia: Fraser’s Phrases: More British Nerd Slang, ‘Spods and Anoraks’

Anglophenia: 10 Old British Slang Terms That Deserve A Revival

Anglophenia: 10 Old Slang Terms for Crimes that Don’t Happen Anymore

Anglophenia: St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Irish Slang Terms Americans Should Adopt

Anglophenia: 10 British Words for Illness

Anglophenia: 10 Victorian Swears from the Real ‘Ripper Street’

Anglophenia: The Brit List: 10 Stinging British Insults

Anglophenia: Fraser’s Phrases: A Rhyming Slang Special

Anglophenia: 20 Victorian Terms That Seem Oddly Modern

Anglophenia: Fraser’s Phrases

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