The Londoner's Dictionary
The English language has evolved from when 'thou' and 'doth' and 'wouldst' were commonplace. Nowadays the casual London conversation consists of 'British-isms', some of which are more globally familiar than others. Either way, we'd like to give you a quick briefing on some of the words and phrases you're likely to hear in the street, in a cafe, bar or supermarket in London just so you know what we're on about.
|Everyday London Terms|
|Alright?||An informal greeting to mean, hello|
|Battered||To be extremely drunk|
|Bloke||Informal description of any male person|
|Caf||Abbreviation of cafe|
|Cheers||A common farewell; an acceptance of transaction|
|Chippy||A chip shop|
|Chokka-block||Implying a severe traffic jam; a large, densely-populated area (can be shortened to chokka)|
|Dive||A decrepit place|
|Down for it||To happily oblige a request|
|Fiver||A five pound note|
|Gents||The male lavatory, esp. in a pub|
|Gob-smacked||To be in utter disbelief|
|Handy||To be immediately useful|
|Innit||To wholeheartedly agree with someone|
|Knackered||Exhausted; very tired|
|Love||Informal term of address|
|Lovely-jubbly||To be extremely pleased with something|
|Mate||Common term of address towards men|
|Minted||To be very rich|
|Mobile||Alternative for cell phone/celluar phone|
|Mug||A stupid person; someone's face; someone's mouth|
|Nice one||To be very happy with a decision|
|Oi||To gain someone's attention|
|Oi-oi||Alternative to hello; informal greeting|
|Oik||A nuisance; troublemaker; objectional individual|
|Quid||Informal for pound coin|
|Round||A collection of drinks, usually three or more, which are purchased altogether at a pub; to get a round in|
|Rubbish||Something that isn't very good; litter; junk|
|Sarnie||Informal for sandwich|
|Swanky||Very posh; sophisticated; classy|
|Sweet||To approve greatly of something|
|Tenner||A ten pound note|
|Tipping it down||Raining heavily|
|Up for it||To happily oblige a request|
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