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An exploration of British slang for English learners, native speakers and anyone in between. Giving you a chance to hear, understand the origins and meanings of new slang and to use it immediately!
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So you have planned three holidays, booked time off work and are totally ready to lay on a beach sipping pina coladas under the sun. This I am sure were many of your summer plans, unfortunately they have been put on hold due to the recent pandemic.How do you feel now? Angry? Disappointed? Salty? Yes Salty! Let me explain myself, in formal english Salty S-A-L-T-Y is an adjective meaning tasting or containing salt, Of course, you may have assumed that it was in relation to food. For example:- "damn you over salted this chicken."- "these chips are really too salty"In slang we can also say a person is salty. No I do not mean one should go around licking their friends and commenting on their taste.In slang salty is an adjective of emotion. Feeling salty is akin to feeling upset or angry. It can be over something minor, like getting teased or sometimes over something larger like your holiday plans being cancelled.So where does it come from and why do we use it? In fact the term salty comes from US slang and was first attested in 1938. It has the same meaning as today, to be angry and irritated.Surprisingly it stemmed from referring to sailors, who were tough and aggressive. In naval terms, the salty guys were the ones who have been on ship for a long time such as sailors and marines. During this time at sea, the ocean waves would knock them around, they would work very hard and while at the top of the ship, the salty sea and air would permeate their clothes and skin, they would feel rough and exhausted and salty.Now many of us are not sailors battling against the harsh sea, yet we still use salty to describe our emotions. As such "Man, I can’t believe James didn’t want to date you. Are you sad or just salty?" or "Why are you so damn salty today?" That’s the end of our episode of the day so remember to tune in for our next episode so see what new slang we have in store for you! So what makes you salty? Let us know! You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps.Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
My friend Kelly used to work at an Italian Pizzeria in Canterbury. She worked with many Italian chefs and would compliment them on the daily pasta specials looking ‘sick’.Their response was usually one of embarrassment or anger, thinking she had insulted their cooking. A basic cardinal sin in Italy. This led to an awkward work environment to say the least, until so explained ‘sick’ was not an insult at all but in fact a compliment! Sick S-I-C-K in formal English means to not be in good health. If you are sick you should stay at home and get lots of rest!However, as we know slang likes to make every formal word very confusing, just like back slang. If you can’t remember what that is go back and check out episode 3 on our website.So in slang sick is an adjective describing something that is cool or excellent. To describe something being sick is to give a compliment. For example:- Whoa, your new car is sick!This word stems from the US and its early uses have been traced to jazz slang popular in the 1920s onwards. It began to find popularly and was frequently used in the UK from the early 2000s. So if someone from the UK comments that you look sick, don’t worry, you don’t need to rush home and check your temperature. You look great!That’s the end of our episode so remember to tune in for our next episode so see what new slang we have in store for you! You can find us on our website the https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page http://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
Today we will be exploring idiomatic phrases that I would say are rare gems of slang. Before we start, I want to give you some context.You and your friend have decided to go for a day at the beach, you have been planning this trip for a long time, you have organised everything and finally the morning comes. Just as you are about to set off your friend, who should be driving informs you that his driving license expired one month ago!Now what would we say about this friend, that he is stupid? dumb? Oh no we can be much more creative than that!How about using some idiomatic phrases?We could say that this person is a few two sandwiches short of a picnic. This phrase is used to indicate in a humorous way that you think someone is very stupid or is behaving very strangely. Basically meaning they are almost complete but not fully. 'A few sandwiches short of a picnic' is fairly recent. The first citation of it was documented in a BBC's Christmas Special in December 1987.This pejorative phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity can appear in many different forms and variations .There are many phrases of the form 'an X short of a Y'. These all mean the same thing, that is, the person being spoken of is stupid. The 'short of' insult began in Australia and New Zealand in the mid 19th century. I have found it can be traced back to 1852 when Colonel Godfrey Mundy wrote:- "Let no man having, a shingle short try this country."Basically meaning that he did not want anyone stupid to come and live in his country.Many of these phrases have been adapted while always including having something loose or missing for example we could say something is A few crumbs short of a biscuit or A few cards short of a full deck. So the next time you want to call someone stupid try to be a bit more creative about it! Remember the form 'an X short of a Y'. That’s the end of our episode so remember to tune in for our next episode so see what new slang we have in store for you!If you can think of any great Slang insults we would love to hear them.You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps.Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
Things don’t seem easy these days, whether you're setting up an online bank account, learning how to work i-teach platform to teach your students, or finding the right ingredients in the supermarket to make your boyfriend's favorite cake.I hope things feel easier soon, and to prepare you for when they are I have a few phrases to teach you today.Imagine it is summer 2019 and you want to go to the beach, well hop in your car, drive for twenty 20 minutes and Bob’s your uncle you are there! No no I am not talking about your literal uncle at the beach."Bob's your uncle" is a phrase commonly used in United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries that means "and there it is" or "and there you have it.".However a recent article from the New York Magazine asked ten different Brits what the expression means and got ten different answers, ranging from "anything's possible" to "there you are".Simply translated we could say that this phrase means that the activity you have done or want to do is simply and easy. Typically someone says it to conclude a set of simple instructions or when a result is reached. The meaning is similar to that of the French expression "et voilà!" or the American phrase "easy as pie". This expression was first coined in 1887. The origins are uncertain, but a common theory is that the expression arose after Conservative Prime Minister Robert Cecil known as Bob appointed his nephew Arthur Balfour as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1887, an act of favoritism which was apparently both surprising and unpopular. Whatever other qualifications Balfour might have had, "Bob's your uncle" was seen as the main one. So "Bob's your uncle" is another way of saying "your success is guaranteed."Remember your pronunciation when you use this phrase as it is contracted, we don’t say Bob's your uncle, but it is more fluid such as bobsyauncle. A phrase with the same meaning is ‘Fanny’s your aunt’. When used together it means complete or the whole lot. If Bob's your uncle and Fanny's your aunt you've got a full set of relatives and you are complete. Today we can use it like this: - Where is the post office ?- Go straight on until you reach the park, take the first right, and Bob’s your uncle - you're there!That’s the end of our episode of the day so remember to tune in for our next episode so see what new slang we have in store for you! You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
As I have been trapped inside for a while now, I have been "face timing" many of my close friends who are far away, as I am sure you have all been doing. While speaking to my closest friend Ella I commented:- "woah! Your face looks absolutely beat!"You may think this comment is strange as in formal beat BEAT the word beat has negative and strong connotations. In formal English beat has many meanings as a verb. Firstly beat can mean to defeat someone in a game or other competitive situation. Used as so:- "France beat Portugal in 2000 in a great football match"It could also mean to strike someone or something repeatedly and violently. As a noun it is the main accent or rhythmic unit in music or poetry. Finally beat can be used as an adjective meaning completely exhausted. For example:- "I'm beat—I need an hour or so to rest"However when I commented on the appearance of my friends face I was not referring to any of these meanings. The slang term beat B-E-A-T isn’t as aggressive as it sounds. In slang “Beat” can be used as a verb or adjective, and surprisingly it is about beauty and makeup. The verb to beat refers to the application of one's makeup. As an adjective beat means someone either applied their makeup well, or just applied a lot of it. For example:- " You face looks beat! Where are you going out tonight?"The term is popular among makeup enthusiasts and the gay community. You can find many examples of ‘beat’ being used in the fantastic ball culture documentary Paris Is Burning created in 1991.So to clarify when I commented that Ella’s Face was beat I was telling her that her makeup looked beautiful and very professional. So if your feeling bored at home, get your makeup out and beat your face!That’s the end of our episode, remember to tune in for our next episode to see what new slang we have in store for you! You can find us on our website http://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
Before we get started I wanted to say a few words about the current global situation.In desperate times we feel panicked and scared for many reasons. I want to thank everyone who is helping us during this crisis, especially doctors and nurses tirelessly working against this pandemic.All we can do is wait, be kind to each other and most importantly stay inside. It's safe to say we are all shook. Shook S-H-O-O-K is a slang term that can be used as an adjective meaning shocked, surprised, or startled. The inner monologue for feeling shook is thinking:- ‘Whoa, what just happened?’In formal English shook is the past participle of the verb to shake. To shake is to move backwards and forwards or up and down in quick, short movements, or to make something or someone do this. Many things can shake your body and your voice usually, because you are frightened or nervous. For example: - ‘Her voice shook as she talked about the person who attacked her.’There is a perfect Idiom reflecting the word shook which you may all know as shaking like a leaf. If you say that someone is shaking like a leaf, you mean that their body is shaking a lot, for instance because they are very cold or frightened. If someone says I was shaking like a leaf before the test, it means they were very nervous.My guess would be that S-H-O-O-K came from the old phrase “shook up” that was used in the 19th century. Shook up meant to be excited in those times and was revived in 1957 by Elvis Presley. So in slang Shook describes feelings ranging from discombobulation and fear to rage and elation, kind of like "all shaken up." We could use it like this:- ‘How you feeling about the current social and economical climate?’- ‘To be honest Im shook’. That’s the end of our episode, remember to tune in for our next episode so see what new slang we have in store for you! You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
This weekend I have been lazy, I have gone shopping, tidied my flat and spent some time with my chum... Louisa what are you talking about now? What are your chums?Chums C-H-U-M-S, is a tricky slang word, we can use it as a noun, a verb or an adjective. So let’s see how now! As a noun Chum simply means a close friend. The origin of “chum” in this sense is strictly used in speech. The phrase Chum first appeared in the late 17th century and was derived from “chamber fellow” meaning roommate. It was used in schools and colleges around Britain simply referring to the person who you shared a room with, however by extension it started to denote, a close friend and/or constant companion. Nowadays as a noun a chum is a friend or a pal. For example you and your best chums might spend the weekend camping together. The informal word chum is more common in Britain than the US. In Scotland another kind of chum couldn't be more different from a friend. There chum means a chopped up fish parts used as bait on a fishing boat. So be careful how and when you use it.As a verb to chum someone means to hang out with, escort or to accompany someone somewhere. As a verb it is often used in Scottish slang, especially by people from Glasgow or Edinburgh.It could be said:- "Will you chum me to the station?"Meaning will you come with me to the station. Or it could be used like this:- "Jake will you chum me up to my house?"Meaning William will you accompany me up to my house?Finally as an adjective we have chummy C-H-U-M-M-Y meaning companionable, sociable, intimate. As in:- "Susan and I are great friends, we are really chummy". So start using it today! Do you have lots of chums who are very chummy?That’s the end of our episode of the day so remember to tune in for our next episode so see what new slang we have in store for you! You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
While telling my Italian friends about my good friend Ollie from Glasgow I said "he is a good bloke". Bloke? what nationality is that? No it is not a nationality! So what is my friend Ollie? Bloke B-L-O-K-E is an extremely common term denoting a man. It is a noun used in reference to an ordinary man, with a similar meaning to "average joe" in America. Bloke is a slang term for a common man found used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.The earliest known usage is from the early 19th century, when it was recorded as a London slang term. The word's origin is unknown, although many theories exist regarding its etymology… It has been claimed that the word's roots arise from the Hindi word loke L-O-K-E, meaning a man. In England bloke was originally found within the language of criminals meaning a man who was not a criminal and usually of high social standing. Criminals themselves would use the term to distinguish themselves from high class ‘blokes’ for example:- "I stole the bloke's watch right off em."The earliest found written use of bloke was in 1829 in the court papers of the Old Bailey, The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales. During the trial of 17-year-old John Daly who was charged with housebreaking, where the owner of the house is referred to as a bloke. Nowadays in the UK bloke is viewed as an average man, however this understanding is slightly different in Australia. In Australia, a bloke is a staple masculine archetype closely associated with the country's identity and pride. The ideal "Aussie bloke" has been portrayed in important works of art and associated with famous Australian men throughout history. In Australia The phrase "He's a good bloke" is frequently used and it literally means "he's a good man". That’s the end of our episode of the day so remember to tune in for our next episode so see what new slang we have in store for you! You can find us on our website http://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
You are listening to our fourth and final episode specialising on slang and money!Ok on to our next slang term for money… a pony. I can hear you asking me- Louisa why are we now talking about a baby horse? Spelt the same P-O-N-Y pony actually means 25 pounds.The word has been traced back from the late 18th century in London and has a vast range of suggestions for its etymology. By some it has been suggested that in the 18th century £25 was the typical price paid for a small horse, although historians have contested this is not accurate and far too much money.Others have suggested that an Indian twenty-five rupee banknote featured a pony, therefore this image was also connection to the cash amount. A final claim is that pony might derive from the Latin words 'legem pone', which means, 'payment of money, cash down' which begins on the March 25, a quarter day in the old financial calendar, when payments and debts came due.Our last slang term for money and again animal related we have a monkey M-O-N-K-E-Y, no not the animal but actually meaning 500 pounds. While this London centric slang is entirely British, it actually stems from 19th century India. The term was coined by British soldiers returning from India where the 500 rupee note of that era had a picture of a monkey on it. They used the term monkey for 500 rupees and on returning to England the saying was converted to sterling to mean £500.That’s the end of our money series so remember to tune in for our next episode to see what new slang we have in store for you!You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
You are listening to our third episode specialising on slang and money!Today we are starting by looking at the most common and widely used slang terms. I was in a bar recently with my Italian friend, i bought some drinks and she asked me how much i owed her.I replied ‘only a fiver’ my friend looked at me with such confused on her face and replied ‘five what?!’.This is when I released we have never spoken about one of slang terms I use most frequently. A fiver F-I-V-E-R simply means a five pound note.This slang term is used everywhere in the UK, especially down south. You will hear it in pubs, supermarkets and even in restaurants.Luckily we can also use a tenner T-E-N-N-E-R for a ten pound note. A fiver and a tenner have been used in slang since the mid 1800s. There is no clear reason for these slang terms but they are used daily in the UK, for example- ‘how much was your t shirt?’- ‘I gave him a tenner for the T-Shirt."A five pound note is also sometimes referred to as a bluey for the obvious reason that they used to be the colour blue. In cockney rhyming slang five pounds can also be referred to as a deep sea diver, rhythming with fiver, however this is not a common slang term. Just a fun one! So next time you are in an english pub and someone says the pint is a fiver, do not raise your hand in the air and try to high five them! Just hand over a five pound note.That’s the end of our episode of the day so remember to tune in for our next episode so see what new slang we have in store for you!You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps.Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
In our most recent episodes we are discussing slang words for money! Something key when travelling to a different country or even speaking a new language! Today we will be examining slang words for the British Pound Coin.The most common slang word used for a pound is a quid, a word I use frequently to the confusion of my Italian friends. A quid is equal to 100 pence, and it is generally believed to come from the Latin phrase “quid pro quo,” which translates into "something for something," or an equal exchange for goods or services. It is always used in the singular, so one speaks of 'ten quid' or 'fifty quid', never of 'quids'. This is pretty widely used throughout the country, but a rather old term. What is a newer one I hear you ask? Well its the word nicker N-I-C-K-E-R, this term has much stronger London associations and dates from early this century. Not pluralised for a number of pounds, eg:- "It cost me twenty nicker"Its origins stem for the word N-I-C-K, a word we explored some episodes ago. If you have forgotten go back and check it out! As we found out then 'Nick' has a wide variety of meanings based on cheating, snatching, and stealing. Maybe, a one pound coin was viewed as an item of currency worth nicking and became known as a nicker.Last and maybe my favourite slang word for 1 pound is a squid S-Q-U-I-D, yes as in the eight armed sea creature. Not normally pluralised, still expressed as 'squid', not squids, e.g., 'Fifty squid'. The most likely origin of this slang expression is from a joke in 1960-70s about a shark who meets his friend the whale one day, and says:- "I'm glad I bumped into you - here's that squid I owe you.."So having a squid, quid or a nicker is usually always a good thing, especially if you are on your way to the pub!Next episode we will be exploring more ways to discuss money in slang, so don’t miss it!That’s our episode of the day, let’s catch up soon to talk more about slang terms for money. You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
Today we will be talking about money, something universal….however us brits have found many words and phrases to use when talking about it.While the origins of these slang terms are many and various, certainly a lot of English money slang is rooted in various London communities, many sectors such as with street traders and gangs developed their own specific slang, which has produce some strange interpretations commonly used today.....so we are going to explore them now! Our first word for money is Bread B-R-E-A-D. In formal English this refers to the food but within slang it represents money. This term stems from cockney rhyming slang and metaphoric use of 'bread'. Bread or bread and honey rhymes with = money. Bread also has associations with money, in a metaphorical sense as it can traced back to the Bible. Bread in the sense of money is also linked with the expression 'earning a crust', which alludes to having enough money to pay for one's daily bread.Closely linked to this phrase, another word for money is dough D-O-U-G-H which appears to be based on "bread". Both words have been popular slang for money since the 1930s. They could be used like this:- "Do you have any dough? Or do we need to go to a bank?"- "Its ok I have some bread for a pint at the pub"Ok moving on to our next word for money which is Moolah M-O-O-L-A-H. If you have a lot of moolah, you're rich, you have plenty of cash. The word "Moolah" has an Indian origin. Moolah, in Hindi, means the root cause of something. This this slang word has many implications for the way we view money, that it is the root of all!Last but not least we have Wedge W-E-D-G-E. In formal english a wedge is a triangular shaped tool, used to split open an object. Its connotations with money arise from when coins could be split into quarters so exact weights could be measured. The shape of these sections was a wedge. Nowadays "a wedge" is a pay-packet amount of money or the amount someone earns.So there we go! Many ways to say money...Next time you are with an english speaker and they ask you for a wedge, some bread or a bit of moolah you know what they are talking about!Tune in to our next episode to find out how we can refer to a pound coin in slang, and trust me there are many ways.That’s our episode of the day, you can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
Today we will be exploring more social media slang, in particular how do we identify the sea of people on social media, from trolls to baes...what are they and what do they mean?! Now is your chance to find out so lets get started...So in formal English a Troll T-R-O-L-L is a character from fairytales, usually an ugly creature depicted as either a giant or a dwarf. However online it means something much different or perhaps even worse.In Internet slang, a troll is a person who who deliberately starts arguments or says offensive things online, for the troll's amusement or a specific gain. Both the noun and the verb forms of "troll" are associated with Internet discourse. However, the word has also been used more widely. Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment. In a sentence we could use the verb like this: - "Someone left a nasty comment on my facebook post"- "Ignore them, they are just trolling you.’ They are horrible people so watch out for them when you are online! Trolls usually post or respond to comments in a way that will annoy or anger the most people possible. There’s a saying online:- "Don’t feed the trolls."This means you shouldn’t interact with someone who is “trolling,” since it will only encourage them. You usually find trolls hanging out on forums, but they can be anywhere online, from your Facebook, to the comments section on a news article.Ok number two, someone who is not as bad as a troll but still seen in a negative light, a lurker spelt L-U-R-K-E-R. This is someone who visits a forum, blog or website often, but doesn’t leave any comments. The word stems from formal english as "to lurk" means to hide just out of sight. A lurker could also be one who never messages on group chats but simply reads. I must admit during busy work times I find myself doing the same on many group chats. The word could be used as so:- "On my new blog I really want my lurkers to comment, so I’m going to have a competition!"Ok last but not least we have bae B-A-E a term of affection for a romantic partner, thought to have come from "baby" or "babe". In fact "bae", is an acronym that stands for "before anyone else".You will find this word all over social media, especially if you are following a very cringey couple. Ironically and quite unromantically bae in Danish means poop and to worsen things it means "bye" in Icelandic.That's our episode of the day, you can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps.
Today we will be exploring more social media slang! The internet is super important when learning a new language as social media is something that allows you to connect with people from all over the world.So let’s have a look now at how to navigate the rabbit hole that is social media abbreviations. As most online slang words are acronyms, they will be our focus for today.To start with we have AMA meaning ‘ask me anything’. The AMA was first made popular on the sharing forum and community, Reddit. Short for “Ask Me Anything,” an AMA is when someone, usually well-known or from an interesting background, goes online and answers questions posed by the community. I would suggest writing on another's or creating your own AMA as it is the perfect way to practice English!Ok our next is acronym is IRL meaning ‘in real life’ When you’re talking about something that exists offline, you can use IRL. For example: My screen name is PerfectChef because I’m a chef IRL. If you have been chatting to someone online you may want to take a risk and actually meet them IRL!To finish off this episode I want to tell you two ways of saying goodbye in internet slang! The first is GTG meaning got to go, showing the person you are talking to you are in a bit of a rush and will not be online from now on.The second is to show you will be gone for a bit but will be back soon BRB, meaning be right back, and that’s what we will be! That’s our episode of today. Next episode we will be looking at more social media slang especially for how we address people online, so make sure you give it a listen!You can find us on our website the https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
Last episode we mastered internet slang and abbreviations but this episode we will become experts on slang specifically for social media.Even if you’ve mastered English vocabulary offline, you might find yourself scrolling through Social Media and getting pretty confused. Why do people keep asking me to DM them? Why is everyone hashtagging TBT? Let’s find out why now! Ok so our first is the easiest and for an English learner the most useful D-M, meaning direct message or a private message with a person on social media, especially Twitter or Instagram.So if you have found a mother tongue or fellow English learner on a group chat you may want to DM to share more conversations and discussions in english. Ok number two is selfie S-E-L-F-I-E. This is an english phrase but appears to have permeated the rest of the world. A selfie is a self-portrait, typically taken with a digital camera or smartphone, which may be held in the hand or supported by a selfie stick. They are often casual in nature (or made to appear casual). I'm sure all of you have taken one at some point in your life…. even if you don’t want to admit it! So for our third, we have FOMO F-O-M-O Fear of Missing Out. It basically symbolizes the feeling of being sad or anxious that something fun is happening without you. For example if you friends are all going on holiday but you have work you may be experiencing FOMO. For our last abbreviation today we have T-B-T meaning Throwback Thursday. If you use instagram you may have seen this once before. TBT is a hashtag used to share old pictures that are a "throwback" to the past. People use it when sharing old photos and videos of themselves for nostalgia or if they have found a selfie they took months ago and fancy a slight hit of self esteem.So now we nearly have the all social media slang you need at your fingertips….however not all of it! Next episode we will be looking at more social media slang so stay tuned.You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
Today we will be exploring essential internet abbreviations.The more time you spend learning English, the more time you’ll spend reading and writing English on the internet. I know as a language learner this can be exciting but also very frustrating!You may be familiar with L-O-L (laugh out loud) or O-M-G (oh my god). But there are many more us brits use that are slightly less obvious.So to start, we will discuss an abbreviation used to decline or refuse offers. I use many of these frequently, the most being C-B-A meaning I can’t be asked, which means I do not want to because I do not have the energy or desire.It can be used as so if my friend asks me to go out for dinner late on a cold January evening I will often reply CBA, in short meaning no.Ok my second most used internet abbreviation is T-B-H translating to to be honest. A way of signifying you are about to tell the truth. It does not really add anything to a conversation but many people use it when they feel like what they’re about to say is extra honest, something they really believe, or something they’ve thought about thoroughly before saying. We could use it like this "TBH I don’t want to go to the party as I do not like the host." meaning if I am honest I don’t like the host of the party so I will not be attending.Ok number three, B-T-W... no I am not talking about a fake version of a BMW! BTW translates to By the Way. A way of introducing a new topic into conversation.For example I could text my flatmate "I will be back at four, BTW you need to go shopping as there is no food at home". Ok so on to our last abbreviation. T-M-I translating to "Too much information". A way of saying that something contains too many intimate details. For example if my brother is sick and starts describing how many times he has vomited today I may respond "TMI Joe, I know you are sick and don’t need to know everything".So they are our phrases of the day! Maybe now you can decode what your British friends are talking about!Don’t want to leave your bed?! Tell them: TBH I CBA to go to that party! Let them know!You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!
Last episode we looked at the slang term "hen party" an event for a woman before she gets married.But is there one for men? Yes! And that’s what we will be looking at today.This is a stag party S-T-A-G, a noun, which is a celebration held for a man who is about to get married, attended only by men. In America it is called a bachelor party, as bachelor means a signal man. In Italy it is called "addio al celibato", meaning goodbye to being single.As an adjective stag party means "composed of males only" and has been used in American english since 1848.In formal english a stag has many meanings, the first being noun meaning male deer. The second, a stag event which we are discussing now is a social gathering attended by men only. We could use the noun like this "your best mate's stag party should be a time of extravagance". Meaning his party should be one that spares no expense. The last way we can use stag is as an adverb meaning to be without a female partner at a social gathering. For example ‘ at the party a lot of boys went stag".So why do us brits use the terms stag party or going stag? It has been suggest that Stags have unique male connotations that makes them the perfect emblem for this event. The stag is a leader of their pack, a virile and strong animal and in the prime of their lives.The stag party can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece. While modern stags aren’t too far away from the spartan tradition, where the night before a wedding was a celebration of the man by his military comrades. They would enjoy a feast and toasts to the end of his youth and continued commitment to the cause.In the UK today, stag weekend trips are becoming mini-holidays with the groups taking part in various day-time activities as well as the expected night out on the town. They may involve traveling to another location in the UK or going abroad, with Budapest, Dublin, and Prague topping the list. So if you are in one of these locations and spot a group of drunk and noisy men, you may be witnessing a stag party.Before we finish I must tell you about the name for a drunken party for both sexes before a wedding, which is sometimes jokingly called a "hag H-A-G party" (a combination of "hen" and "stag").That’s our episode for today...So which, if any, will you be attending this year? A Hen, Stag or Hag party? Let us know!You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps.Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!Let’s catch up on soon!
Ok so this week's episodes are inspired by my friend Rosie Higginbottom, who is soon to be married! I was telling my Italian friend about traditional english celebrations, concerning weddings... an important one being a hen party. What is that she replied? A party for chickens?! Oh no!The name is deceiving... so what exactly is a hen party?A hen party H-E-N is a noun simply meaning a party for a woman who is going to get married, to which only her female friends are invited. Do not mistake this as any random party featuring lots of women, nor any of the specialized women-only parties like a baby shower or wedding shower.A hen party has a few rare traditions… we shall look at them shortly. This is a celebration found in many countries but the name hen party is specially used in the UK. In America it is known as a "bachelorette party" or in Italy an "addio al nubilato". So why in the UK do we say "hen"? In formal english hen signifies a "female of any bird species" and was first coined in the early 14th century. However in slang hen means woman, this term dates from 1620s.Depending on which part of the UK you come from referring to a woman as a “hen” can have different effects.In England it is seen as offensive - implying that a woman is an “old chick”.In parts of Scotland, however, notably in Glasgow, addressing a woman or a girl as “hen” is a term of affection, such as sweetheart. Is important to note the lady who is addressed would be the one to determine whether or not she was offended by it.So back to our event, hen party means "gathering of women," which was first recorded 1887. So nowadays what takes place at a hen party? Depending on what type you want, usually there will be drinking, possibly a stripper, certainly some raucous laughter and dirty jokes. The bride to be may wear a big "L" as a necklace, this is the symbol that normally goes on a car for a learner driver, and implies the bride-to-be is a "learner" who is about to start having sex.I know that doesn't make much sense, but it's tradition!That’s our episode of the day. Now if you are invited to a hen party, you know exactly what to expect.You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!Let’s catch up on soon!
We all have our own special way of celebrating Christmas, whether its spending all day socialising with friends or simply curling up by the fireplace all day. Today I want to tell you about what British people think the ‘must do’s’ of Christmas day are.To begin with an iconic tradition is THE QUEEN’S SPEECH. On Christmas day at 3pm, most of the nation stops opening presents and eating turkey to hear a special Christmas message from The Queen. It is a tradition that started in 1952 on BBC radio one . The message is recorded in advance and is usually short. It includes Queen reflecting on the past year and wishing everyone Happy Christmas. Ok number two of our top traditions Crackers C-R-A-C-K-E-R-S... a strange tradition indeed. I currently live in Italy and my endless search for crackers is infuriating- they simply don't exsists in most other countries apart from the UK!So what are they? Basically they’re cardboard tubes that have gunpowder in them and they make a cracking sound when you pull them apart. Once pulled you can find small toys n them, a paper crown to be awkwardly warn during the Christmas meal and a silly joke to read to the people around you. They are always opened before the Christmas meal and enjoyed during. They are a senseless tradition but a tradition nonetheless, so if you are at a British meal and you see a cracker just pull it and see. Ok so last and maybe the most strange traditions is the pantomime spelt P-A-N-T-O-M-I-M-E. I know what your thinking.. Hey isn't a pantomime a street performer usually found lerking on the streets of Paris? No! In fact this is a fantastic British tradition that is pretty difficult tp explain to non-Brits. A pantomime or "Panto", as it is sometimes referred to is basically a play seen at Christmas time. The show is usually not Christmas related but based of a fairytale, interjected with modern day humour, for example referring todays politics or social climate. The play usually includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing and always includes a dame ‘DAME’ who is a gender-crossing actor. It includes lots of audience participation and children usually leave the show with lots of free sweets, that are handed out during the performance.Over years the "panto" has developed a set of expected conventions including: a cheery song with which the audience join in, double entendre and the phrases, ‘It’s behind you!’ and ‘Oh no you didn’t!’The show usually includes a celebrity from a soap opera or film, this really draws in the crowds. It is one of the oldest Christmas traditions and was developed from the Italian street theatre of the Commedia dell'Arte in the 16th Century. Going to the pantomime with your whole family is a yearly tradition for many brits- so if you ever happen to find yourself in the Uk over Christmas its definetly worth a watch! I promise you will understand British culture a lot more after doing so... So there are all our top Christmas traditions! Which one sounds the best to you? That's our final Christmas episode, but do not worry! We will be back on Monday to give you a new dose of slang! You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps.Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!So where ever you are and what are you are doing, from all of the slang podcast, we wish you a very merry Christmas!
Today we will be exploring our third, Christmas topic, my favourite, Christmas food. So let’s get started...Many countries have their own special ways of celebrating Christmas, all usually concerning special types of food. As the world globalises we have begun to create new traditions and to share old ones. Nevertheless, there are a few special dishes that will almost certainly remain forever British. There are many, but we will be only exploring three today. Ok so the first is Figgy Pudding F-I-G-G-Y P-U-D-D-I-N-G or also known as christmas pudding which is a dessert often served after a large Christmas meal. It is made months or sometimes a year in advance of serving. It contains fruit, alcohol and suet.Today’s Christmas pudding is derived from "frumenty" created in medieval England in the 14th Century. It was a porridge-like mixture of beef, mutton, dried fruits, wines and spices; no surprise it is not so popular today. Nowadays the desert is usually served with a decorative sprig of holly on the top of the pudding as a reminder of Jesus' Crown of Thorns that he wore when he was killed. Brandy or another alcoholic drink is poured over the pudding and set alight at the table creating a beautiful fire.Historically this is said to represent Jesus' love and power. However even non religious brits are known to follow this serving tradition.Ok so we brits have many other special deserts, another are mince pies M-I-N-C-E P-I-E-S. A mince pie is a small British fruit-based sweet pie traditionally served during the Christmas season. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices.Now it’s a popular treat during Christmas. Historically they contained actual meat but nowadays we only use sweet ingredients- I promise you a cup of mulled wine, which is warm spiced wine and a mince pie and is an absolutely delicious Christmas tradition. The last of the special Christmas dishes I want to tell you about are pigs in blankets, my absolute favorite! And yes their name describes them perfectly, they contain pork! Both the USA and the UK have them, both with different interpretations. In the USA , pigs in blankets are small sausages wrapped in croissant rolls. In the UK however, the ‘blanket’ is bacon and they are the perfect match with a roast turkey and roasted potatoes.So have you tried any of these traditional foods? Or are you planning on doing so soon? Let us know! That's our episode of the day, remember to tune into our final Christmas episode on Wednesday, where we will be exploring Christmas day traditions. You can find us on our website https://theslangpodcast.com and from there you can see our transcript and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more apps. Or head over to our facebook page https://facebook.com/theslangpodcast for updates and more slang!Let’s catch up on Christmas day! This Wednesday. Remember to tune in for our very merry episode!
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