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10 British phrases you won’t find in a textbook

A countdown of Britain’s most common slang words and phrases.

10 British phrases that you won't find in a textbook

WHEN you touch down in the UK, it won’t just be the different foods and new experiences that seem strange at first, the way British people speak will seem peculiar too.

After years of studying English and hours practising it, many of the words and phrases you’ll hear in the UK will be unfamiliar. That’s because the Brits love to use slang terms and colloquialisms in everyday conversations. And, just to make it a little more difficult, these phrases can vary depending on where you are in the country.

Don’t fret though, to help we’ve compiled a list of the most common slang words and phrases that you’ll hear in Britain, which could save you a lot of aggro in the long term. You can also check for new words in our Slang of the Day section on the Great British Mag homepage.

GB Mag’s guide to the 10 British phrases you won’t find in a textbook:

1. The offie
This is slang for an ‘off-licence’, a convenience store that’s licenced to sell alcohol.
Example: “I’m just going to the offie to buy some beers.”

2. Okie dokie
A variant of okay.
Example: Person A: “I’m going to my room to study.” Person B: “Okie dokie.”

3. Skint
A phrase that means to have no money.
Example: “I can’t come to watch that film tonight because I’m skint.”

4. Blinder
Usually referring to a sporting achievement, a blinder means someone has performed really well.
Example: “He’s played a blinder; he scored five goals this afternoon.”

5. Snog
To kiss someone passionately for an extended period of time.
Example: “I saw her snog him in the nightclub.”

6. Aggro
Abbreviation of aggravated, or a term for trouble.
Example: "She's getting aggro from the lecturer because she hasn’t handed her essay in."

7. Quid
One pound sterling.
Example: “I bought some noodles for dinner, they only cost me a quid.”

8. Bang out of order
An expression meaning very unfair or rude.
Example: "I can't believe you used all of my milk without asking, that's bang out of order!"

9. You're having a laugh
Another way to say 'you must be joking.'
Example: "A chocolate bar for £5! You're having a laugh."

10. Hammered
To be very drunk.
Example: "I was hammered last night."

What strange phrases have you heard? Post them in the comments box below and we’ll tell you what they mean.

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