Horse of a Different Color. Black Sheep. Wrong Side of the Tracks. These are common expressions we use every day in America. But what's the history behind these phrases? Find out in the new season of America's Secret Slang, where in each episode host Zach Selwyn will reveal the hidden history behind our favorite sayings, clichés and oddly sounding words.
Runtime: 30 minutes
America's Secret Slang - British slang - Netflix
British slang is English language slang used and originating in the United Kingdom and also used to a limited extent in Anglophone countries such as the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, especially by British expats. Slang is informal language sometimes peculiar to a particular social class or group and its use in Britain dates back to before the 16th century. The language of slang, in common with the English language, is changing all the time; new words and phrases are being added and some are used so frequently by so many, they almost become mainstream. While some slang words and phrases are used throughout Britain (e.g. knackered, meaning “exhausted”), others are restricted to smaller regions, even to small geographical areas. The nations of the United Kingdom, which are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all have their own slang words, as does London. London slang has many varieties, the best known of which is rhyming slang. English-speaking nations of the former British Empire may also use this slang to a certain extent, but also incorporate their own slang words to reflect their different cultures. Not only is the slang used by British expats, but some of these terms are incorporated into other countries' everyday slang, such as in Australia, Canada and Ireland. British slang has been the subject of many books, including a seven volume dictionary published in 1889. Lexicographer Eric Partridge published several works about British slang, most notably Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, revised and edited by Paul Beale. Many of the words and phrases listed in this article are no longer in current use.
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safe An all purpose term of approval. Popularised during the early rave era 1988-1995. savvy Knowledge, understanding (from the French, savoir). scally A hooligan youth (Scouse), short for scallywag. scarper Run away. Sometimes claimed to be rhyming slang: Scapa Flow (go). scrubber In Britain, a promiscuous woman; in Ireland, a common or working class woman. Scouser Someone from Liverpool. scrote Term of abuse, from scrotum. see a man about a dog 1. Attend a secret deal or meeting. 2. Go to the toilet. shag Sexual intercourse. shagged 1. The past historic of shag. 2. Extremely tired (shagged out). shiner Black eye. shitehawk Someone of little worth, originally military slang. shit-faced Drunk. skanky Dirty, particularly of a marijuana pipe. However originally Jamaican Patois for lazy dancing or “The Rasta Swagger” as in Easy Skanking skint Without money. slag 1. Worthless or insignificant person. 2. Promiscuous woman or prostitute. slag off A verbal attack. To criticise or slander. slap-head A bald man. slapper Promiscuous woman or prostitute. slash Urinate, urination. sling one's hook Go away. snog French kiss, or any prolonged physical intimacy without undressing or sexual contact. sod Annoying person or thing (from sodomite). sod off “Go away”. spawny Lucky (possibly from the Scottish game, Spawnie). splud archaic slang - short for “God's Blood”. It was used as a mild curse word. It was used to replace other words seen as blasephmy. spunk 1. Semen, ejaculate. 2. Courage, bravery. steaming 1. Extremely drunk. 2. An intensifier, e.g. “You steaming gurt ninny!” 3. Extremely angry. stuffed 1. Sexual intercourse (e.g. “get stuffed”) 2. Used negatively to mean bothered, as in, “I can't be stuffed to do that!”. 3. having a full belly (e.g. “I am completely stuffed, and can't eat another thing.”).
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