Slang up your British English

 Let’s get straight down to business and dive in with 5 random slang stuff for you.

‘Fortnight’ – used to mean ‘a group of two weeks’, e.g., ‘I’m going away for a fortnight to Egypt.’

‘Nice one’ –, used sincerely e.g. ‘Fortnight in Egypt, nice one’! However, we also often use it sarcastically, ‘You really messed up the Preston project. Nice one.’

‘Rubbish’ is used to mean both general waste ‘Can you take the rubbish out please?’, as well as to express disbelief ‘What are you on about, ‘I didn’t mess it up’?’ ‘Don’t talk rubbish.’

‘Bollocks’ has a multitude of uses. As a curse word for dismay, e.g. ‘Oh bollocks’. It can also the bad boy version of ‘rubbish’, like in the above example ‘Don’t talk bollocks’or simply ‘Bollocks’ Finally, of course, it also refers to the testicles.

A‘bollocking’ is a telling-off or a severe or enthusiastic reprimand from a boss, co-worker, partner, or anyone you like, for a misdemeanour, e.g., ‘My boss gave me a real bollocking for not sticking to the deadline.’

“What are you on about ?” (über etw reden), multitude (Vielzahl), curse word (Schimpfwort), dismay (Bestürzung), ‘Oh bollocks’ (Scheiße), ‘Don’t talk bollocks’ (Schwachsinn), telling-off (Standpauke), reprimand (Tadel), misdemeanour (Vergehen/Fehlverhalten)

QOTD And how many did you already know, maybe heard before?

Have a great weekend

 Let’s get straight down to business and dive in with 5 random slang stuff for you. ‘Fortnight’ – used to mean ‘a group of two weeks’, e.g., ‘I’m going away for a fortnight to Egypt.’ ‘Nice one’ –, used sincerely e.g. ‘Fortnight in Egypt, nice one’! However, we also often use it sarcastically, ‘You really messed up the Preston project. Nice one.’ ‘Rubbish’ is used to mean both general waste ‘Can you take the rubbish out please?’, as well as to express disbelief ‘What are you on about, ‘I didn’t mess it up’?’ ‘Don’t talk rubbish.’ ‘Bollocks’ has a multitude of uses. As a curse word for dismay, e.g. ‘Oh bollocks’. It can also the bad boy version of ‘rubbish’, like in the above example ‘Don’t talk bollocks’or simply ‘Bollocks’ Finally, of course, it also refers to the testicles. A‘bollocking’ is a telling-off or a severe or enthusiastic reprimand from a boss, co-worker, partner, or anyone you like, for a misdemeanour, e.g., ‘My boss gave me a real bollocking for not sticking to the deadline.’ “What are you on about ?” (über etw reden), multitude (Vielzahl), curse word (Schimpfwort), dismay (Bestürzung) . ‘Oh bollocks’ (Scheiße), ‘Don’t talk bollocks’(Schwachsinn), telling-off (Standpauke), reprimand (Tadel), misdemeanour (Vergehen/Fehlverhalten) QOTD And how many did you already know, maybe heard before? Have a great weekend

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Nice one, thanks! 😉

Actually, I’ve already heard all of them. Cursing in British English sounds a bit more sophisticated to my German ear than the US pendants. And as you know: I love British English! Yeah, and that leads to “fortnight” – it’s a great term to express this period of time without many words.

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