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Tourist, or not native to London? Wondering what all these new words mean? Don’t worry, we’ve put together this really quick and simple guide to London slang.
Ah nam – tell on, rat on, tattle on.
Alie – I agree.
Allow/allow it – stop/stop it.
Bait – obvious or simple. As in, ‘you’re so bait.’
Bangin‘ – good.
Bare – a lot of something.
Beast – really cool. As in, ‘that outfit is beast.’
Beef – a hostility between two people that usually results in violence.
Blud/Blad – brother, friend.
Bovvered – verb describing a lack of interest. As in, ‘I ain’t bovvered.’
Brap! – representing oneself, bigging yourself up.
Butters — ugly.
Chief – an unintelligent person.
Chung – extremely good looking.
Chirpsing – flirting.
Dapper – someone who looks fancy or smart.
Dizzy – crazy.
Dred – dreadful, terrible, cruel,
Dry – dull, boring.
Ends – area or neighbourhood a person hails from.
Fam – family and friends.
Fresh – nice, looks good. As in, ‘Sam is looking fresh today.’
Feds – police.
Garms – clothing.
Gyaldem – girl grew.
Heads – people (‘bare heads’ means ‘lots of people’).
Hype – too much, excessive, over the top.
Hench – muscular.
Hectic – good, fantastic, amazing.
Init – short for ‘isn’t it’, often put at the end of sentences for extra effect or added drama.
Is-it (sometimes pronounced iiiiissss iiiiitttt?) – means: really?
Inner – describes someone who is too nosey.
Jack – to take or steal. As in, ‘Katy jacked my food.’
Jakes – police.
Jam – relax, chill out.
Jokes – funny. As in, ‘that party was jokes’ or ‘Charlie is so jokes.’
Kotch – sit and chill.
Kretin – idiot.
Link – to hook up with someone.
Lips – to kiss passionately.
Long – when something involves far too much effort.
Lush – good-looking.
Manz – refers to oneself in a ‘big up’ manner.
Marvin – hungry.
Next man – someone who joins in a conversation when they are not involved.
On top – when a situation goes absolutely crazy.
Owned – to be made a fool of.
Peng – good-looking.
Rinsed – overused, used up, all gone.
Roll with – hang out with.
Safe – cool, good, sweet.
Shook – nervous, freaking out.
Sick – interesting, cool. As in, ‘Harry is sick.’
Standard – of course.
Switch – to turn on someone instantly with maximum shade.
Taxed – stealing.
Tight – cheap. As in, ‘stop being so tight and lend me £5.’
Tonk – muscular person.
Treck – something far away.
Tune (sometimes pronounced tuuuuunnnnneeeee) – music you love.
Vex/vexed – an extremely annoyed person.
Wag-One (wah’gwan or wah’ta’gwan fam) – short for ‘what’s goin on.’
Watch – be careful, don’t mess with me.
Wicked – cool, amazing.
Wifey – girlfriend, bestie.
Yard – your house.
Younger – a sibling, someone younger than you. As in, ‘come here, younger.’