Category: Local Language

  • gypsy’s warning

    A quiet word to an employee or aquaintance, suggesting that they’d best proceed with caution in respect of their current conduct or attitude, or they may be in for an unpleasant surprise. The details of which aren’t actually set out by the giver of the warning, who may or may not have control over their…

  • copper bottomed

    adjective Trustworthy, genuine.

  • Swot

    noun Teacher’s pet, brown-noser.

  • babygro

    noun. A baby garment commonly called a ‘sleeper’ in the US, usually with long sleeves and footed.

  • Wind

    1 noun. Gas. (Hard boiled eggs give me wind. Really, everything gives me wind; trapped wind is really uncomfortable. There’s more room out than in!) 2 verb. To burp [a baby]. (After each feed you should wind your baby.)

  • Bubby

    Slang, noun. Baby. (See also Bub.)

  • Bub

    slang. Baby.

  • Gobshite

    A person (idiot) who knows very little and talks a lot.

  • Poptyping

    pop-uh-tee-peeng (Welsh) microwave, i.e. the oven that goes ‘ping’!

  • Skiving Off

    Avoiding doing something. (Thanks to Graham Lehr for the clarification.)

  • Bunking Off

    Avoiding being somewhere. (Thanks to Graham Lehr for the clarification.)

  • Coloring In

    Coloring.  (Usually with crayons…  In a coloring book…)

  • Quids In

    Already invested money in [something]. You might as well go all the way, you’re quids in now.

  • Handwash

    Noun. Hand soap. Soap purposed to wash hands.

  • Working Outs

    Noun. These are the details of your work before the answer is deduced. On the math test, don’t just write the answer, please show your working outs. In other words, ‘working outs’ can used interchangeably with the word ‘life’.

  • A&E

    Ambulatory & Emergency. Equivalent to the US Emergency Room.

  • Stollen

    A Stollen is a traditional German loaf-shaped cake containing dried fruit, and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing.

  • Skive Off

    To ‘skive off’ is to avoid some duty or obligation. Skiving off is similar to bunking off; I’ll let you know if I ever figure out the exact difference.

  • Bunking Off

    To ‘bunk off’ is to skip an obligation, especially school or work. e.g. Let’s bunk off today–we can just not come back to work after lunch! -OR- We are bunking off, let’s not get caught by our boss in the Tesco by the office!

  • Nosy Parker

    Someone who is nosy. (Some say this phrase originated when an Archbishop of Canterbury named Parker (1559-1575) ordered some unpopular inquiries…)

  • Mess

    A dessert with pieces of crunchy meringue, cream, and berries. Eton Mess is a type of mess made with strawberries. (It ain’t the ‘mess’ of the South.)

  • Poxy

    adjective. see also Pox. 1)horrible, dumb, stupid, time-wasting, unpleasant, wrong, backwards, otherwise bad 2)f*&!king

  • Pox

    noun 1) Syphilis 2) crap, pants, Highlander II 3) a curse or hex

  • Summer

    Hot, sunny weather in August (which you must leave London to see I am told).

  • Doing My Head In

    Driving me crazy, figuratively of course. (That screaming kid is doing my head in.)

  • One-off

    Not recurring, outside occurrence.

  • Mental

    Crazy, nutters, insane. (That humming noise is driving me mental!)

  • Yonks

    A really long time, can be utilised interchangeably with ages, years, eras, etc. (I have had these shoes for yonks.)

  • What are you like?!

    If someone tells you that they like pepperoni on their banana split (or anything else stupid or outrageous), feel free to reply rhetorically, “What are you like?!”

  • Ladder

    verb, run. To ladder one’s tights is to somehow cause a run in those tights.

  • Laid On

    Organised, as in ‘arranged’. (i.e. The tour was laid on by the hotel.)

  • Lilo

    Pool float, not to be confused with a pool floater. That would be something else entirely.

  • Fruity

    Erotically stimulating. (Incorrect use of the word ‘fruity’ can cause embarassment.)

  • Faffing About

    Doing nothing productive.

  • Footie

    Football. Soccer. As in The World Cup.

  • Dutch courage

    This is the kind of courage someone gets after a frosty beverage. And by ‘frosty beverage’ I definitely mean alcohol. Dutch courage is commonly drawn upon on first dates and before singing Karaoke.

  • Cottoned On

    Caught on, got the meaning. i.e. I hadn’t cottoned on to the fact that everyone was laughing because I had toilet paper on my shoe.

  • Get In

    An exclamation of energetic pleasure or the like. For example “I got a raise at work, Get In!” Origins are with football. When a ball is kicked at a goal and it just barely makes it in the net, one would also yell “Get in!”

  • Corn Squeezin’s

    Moonshine. Yes, Moonshine.

  • Steady on!

    Go on and do that, looking like a fool… (because it is entertaining to the rest of us)

  • Anti-clockwise


  • Flannel

  • Happy Pancake Day!

    Want to know more?

  • Airing Cupboard

    A room or cupboard where laundry is aired due to its being the warmest/driest place in the house. Usually its warm because there’s a water heater or heating element in the room/cupboard.

  • Lie In

    (Noun.) Sleeping in on purpose or in a relaxed state – otherwise it is still oversleeping.

  • Film

    Movie. (i.e. Anyone for a film this weekend?)

  • Chattels

    Moveable personal property other than land – like dishes, appliances, and such.

  • Lounge

    Informal living room.

  • Tenancy Agreement

    Lease for long term tenancy at a rented property.

  • Reception Room

    Living room, sometimes shortened just to “reception”.