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Know all the British slang words before you travel to Europe
Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on July 21, 2021 Share on

Know British Slang Before Traveling to Europe – A complete Guide!

Who doesn’t love Cillian Murphy’s British accent in The Peaky Blinders, eh? Or binge-watching Game of Thrones just for the accent. While the USA is having slang like “lit” and “bae” UK has “bloody” and “Bloke”. These two English are very divergent and therefore very bloody exciting. Let’s have a chin wag that will leave you gobsmacked, for sure. Learning slang before you travel to any country makes your traveling more fun and exciting. And even you can easily indulge with the locals out there. and also ask them – Fancy a cuppa? Here is a guide to some amazing British slang words to know before traveling, so you can have a fantastic tour of Europe

 

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Take these words with you but yes, remember to use them wisely, because there is a thin line between being a gormless bloke and a proper ledge. Let’s start with learning all the British slang to know before traveling to Europe.

  1. “Fancy a cuppa?”
  2. “Knackered”
  3. “Chuffed to bits!”
  4. “Bloody”
  5. “I’m Pissed”
  6. “Kip”
  7. “Chin wag”
  8. “Mate”
  9. “Gobsmacked”
  10. “Legless”
  11. “Gormless”
  12. “Bloke”

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1. “Fancy a cuppa?”

  • Meaning – Would you like to have a cup of tea?

It is one of the common slangs used by the brits. They love tea, it is not just a beverage but is a way of life. Whether you are at the office, with friends, or relaxing at home alone, they’ll need a cuppa (cup of) tea to make their day just right. Tea brings people together, so it’s no doubt whenever you will ask any brit, fancy a cuppa? It’s a yes for sure.

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2. “Knackered”

  • Meaning – To be tired.

While Raj was standing at the train gate and Simran running for the love of her life, what do you think, finally after she got on the train what would have she said to Raj? – I’m Knackered Raj!!!! Of course, it ain’t easy to catch a running train though!

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3. “Chuffed to bits!”

  • Meaning – To be very pleased.

A perfect phrase to describe pleasure or happiness for anything or any moment. For Example – your friend invited you for lunch, and you had a good day then you can say “I’m chuffed to bits, thank you for inviting.” and yes, I’m chuffed to bits, as you are reading my blog (<3)

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4. “Bloody”

  • Meaning – Very.

I bloody love this word and how easily it can just bloody fit anywhere in any bloody sentence,  (Hahaha) not using it every time though. You can use this slang while emphasizing a certain quality of any person, location, or object. For example – If some asked you – Did you like the food here? – It was bloody delicious!! or someone asked, Did you like the acting of that actor in the movie? – He acted bloody awful! or You can just use it any bloody were like I bloody did (hahaha!!) This would become your most favorite British slang before traveling as well as after traveling.

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5. “I’m pissed”

  • Meaning – To be drunk.

It is very necessary to know the difference between “I’m pissed” and “going for a piss.” In American English the word pissed means getting angry over something but this phrase in Britain English means, I’m drunk. Whereas going for a piss is going washroom. So, while touring Europe and dancing in a pub doesn’t get too pissed, Okay?

6. “Kip”

Meaning – A nap.

After a stressful day at work, you came home for lunch and a nap but your child is disturbing you a lot so you can say – Will you be quiet, please? I am trying to get some kip in here! A cute word isn’t it, who doesn’t love to sleep though!!

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7. “Chin wag”

  • Meaning – Chit chat.

Chin wag is used if you are having a chit-chat in a social gathering. For example – your mother asked you why are you so late? And there you can say I was having a chin wag with my friends so

8. “Mate”

  • Meaning – A friend.

Hey mate, I hope you are enjoying reading this amazing guide on British slang! This word is very common and very much heard in movies and series. Yes, you can call your friend a “friend” but calling “Mate” is an emotion for Brits. A “Mate” will get drunk with you late at night, help you shift flats, cry while watching The Notebook, and definitely will stop you to make silly decisions like going back to your ex. Don’t even think of it, Mate!

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Friends, Mates, British slang
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9. “Gobsmacked”

  • Meaning – To be shocked!

Weren’t you gobsmacked when you found you that delicious chocolate cake was made by your mom! Or when you found your ex was cheating on you? This word perfectly fits and dramatizes any situation and can be used for both positive and negative situations.

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10. “Legless”

  • Meaning – Too much drunk!

Had too many pints at the pub and you’ll stumble on your way to your home looking a bit legless. No, you still have both of your legs, You are just drunk, Mate!

11. “Gormless”

  • Meaning –  Foolish or lacking intelligence.

This is a great one to break out when you meet someone acting foolish or pissing you off (making you angry not drunk, hahaha). You can use this word as – don’t be gormless or Are you all so gormless?

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12. “Bloke”

  • Meaning – A man.

“Bloke” is the way of referring to a man. For example – Sid is a nice bloke, or He’s a funny bloke. It is a very common word, you might have heard it in many movies too.

Bloke, man, Know British Slang Words Before Traveling to Europe
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Get ready for your Europe trip with these amazing British slang words before traveling. Check out amazing pre-packaged Europe tour packages offered at Pickyourtrail and choose what suits you best or you can customize your Europe itinerary according to your likes and preferences. See you soon, Mate!

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