Hey Mate, Do You Know Modern British Slang?



By: John Miller

5 Min Quiz

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Let's cause a dodgy kerfuffle between you and your mates. Both of you take this British slang quiz and then compare scores. Don't skive off, that'd be rubbish!

If someone says, "Blimey," what are they expressing?

Blimey is an exclamation of surprise. "Blimey! They canceled the soccer match because the stadium burned down!"


What famous British slang word would you use to emphasize, well, just about everything?

"Bloody" is perhaps the most British of all British slang. It's a bloody fixture in the entire bloody culture.


If you throw a party and it is a "damp squib," how did it turn out?

As you can probably guess, a "damp squib" is a dismal failure. Your party sucked, mate.


What does it mean if someone is "barmy"?

Barmy means nuts or downright crazy -- to the point where it's no joke.


If something is "brill," it is ____.

Something that's "brill" is brilliant. That is, it's totally awesome.


What's more likely to be "cheeky"?

If you're "cheeky," you're flippant about something (or everything) and British politicians are definitely a cheeky bunch.


If you're going to watch "rugger," where are you going?

"The rugger is on! I hope our team wins this time!" Rugger refers to the rough-and-tumble game of rugby.


If you wake up hungover and ready to vomit, which word applies?

"I chundered all over the restroom floor." That is, you vomited all of that cheap vodka you drank last night.


What would you tell your little brother when he's acting overly excited on Christmas morning?

"Look, Jimmy, Christmas is exciting and all, but don't bite your arm off waiting for those new toys." "Don't bite your arm off" refers to someone who is overly excited to receive something.


If someone used the word "ace" with regard to you or accomplishments, how would you feel?

Something is "ace" if it's wonderful or fantastic. Those fish and chips were ace, mate!


If your friend brings you a free beer, you might say what?

"Cheers," in the British sense, is a word used to celebrate a drink. But it's also a way to say thank you.


What does "bollocks" mean?

"Bollocks" is a word that means testicles. But as an exclamation, it refers to something (or a situation) that's junky or worthless.


What's the meaning of "Bob's your uncle!"?

You're that midfielder kicking goals from all the way across the pitch? "Bob's your uncle!" It means you did a great job.


If you need to "knock up" your friend, what are you doing?

"Knock up Janie! If she sleeps all day, we're going to miss the soccer match!"


What kind of thing might you do with your "mate"?

You could technically mate with your mate, but in the British sense, mate is just a friend, someone with whom you'd go carousing.


Why is your friend "gutted"?

If your friend's dog died, he's probably gutted -- devastated, sad, wrecked.


If your friend does you a favor by giving you a yacht, you might say that's "_____."

"A new yacht! Blinding, my man, just blinding!" Blinding is, as you can probably guess, fantastic. And, you know, just in case, blue is my favorite color.


After you work a hard shift at your job, which word might apply to your condition?

Being "knackered" means you're exhausted. Better grab a pint and call it a day.


If that tea and scone were the best treats ever, they were _____.

If something is "cracking," it's great, so that Earl Gray and scone must've been something truly amazing.


After a hard rugby game, you're likely to feel ____.

You just got your head bashed for a couple of hours. You feel zonked, and maybe it's time for a pint or two.


Why is your unhinged aunt "off her trolley"?

It's not a good thing if someone is off their trolley. It means they're crazy.


If a beautiful specimen of the opposite sex approaches you and asks for some company, how might you reply?

You probably reply with, "quite," which simply means, "absolutely." Unless, of course, you're married.


If you're going "full Monty" on that pizza, how much of it will you eat?

Going "full Monty" means going all out. With regard to that pizza, well, you're going to eat every last bit of it.


If your snot-nosed toddler is having a meltdown, what word might apply?

A "wobbler" is a tantrum, and no, they're not limited to just toddlers, unfortunately.


If you really like that new rock band, you might say that it's ______.

"That drummer, that lead guitarist...the handsome singer, that new band is smashing! I think they're called the Beatles!"


If your friend makes you breakfast, you might thank her using which word?

"Ta" is the one-syllable thank-you. "You made fish and chips again. My favorite. Ta!"


If someone is "full of beans," they are full of ______.

"Thomas must've gotten a full night's sleep, he's full of beans today!" In this case, beans mean energy.


If something is "stonking," it has which trait?

"You see that stonking whaling ship sailing into the harbor? That bloody thing is huge!"


If you're "gobsmacked," you're feeling _____.

"We're gobsmacked that she put together that nice shepherd's pie. We thought her cooking skills were limited to bloody tea."


If you "leg" something, what are you doing?

"You're late and you're going to miss your train. Better leg it, Skippy!" Legging it means running.


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