Today’s blog post takes a last look at some British slang words. As I mentioned in my first post in the series, learning colloquial language and phrases is one step closer to making you sound like a native English speaker. So let’s dive right in…

1.  Chuffed is a word used to express that someone is pleased, in the UK and quite a lot in South Africa as well. It may have some rather rude origins but can be safely used today in polite company. “I’m so chuffed about my English grammar test result”.

2.  Odds and Sods is another delightful expression used to speak about an assortment of mismatched things. The origins of the phrase are unclear but it is widely used in the UK and Australia. “I was too late for the sale so only had a choice of odds and sods to buy”.

3.  Ace is another way to say that something is great or fantastic. In America it can be used as a name but in the UK it’s used to say something is good. It is thought that the word originates from the playing card with the highest value, hence the positive association. “That movie was ace. I love action films!”

4.  Smart is the final expression we will look at today. This is a word that causes some confusion amongst second language speakers because it has a different meaning in the UK and in the US.  You will hear ‘smart’ a lot in American films and it is used to say that someone is clever. In Britain and South Africa it has an altogether different meaning. It is used to describe a style of dress that is formal. In the same way, someone may be required to dress smart-casual for certain occasions, which means semi-formal. “I had to wear smart clothes to the wedding”.

I hope you enjoyed these posts about some of the colourful British English language out there for you to discover, learn, use and ultimately to enjoy. Happy slanging!

 

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