British Street Slang screenwriters and filmmakers use

Step one:

Get the accents right! British street slang relies on the correct accent.

We are always on the look-out for sexy, sassy and wittyBritish street slang that screenwriters in the Raindance network can borrow and bend to write snappy dialogue to help them write a really ‘cool’ script.


Here are some current British street slang phrases.
Can you add to them?

An excellent phrase for an overweight person.

A deeply unattractive person.

Waving your arms around and talking bollocks.

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Sitting round in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

The process by which people seem to absorb success and advancement by
sucking up to the boss rather than working hard.

The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die.

An office filled with cubicles.

When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people’s heads pop up over the walls to see what’s going on. (This also applies to applause for a promotion because there may be cake.)

Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids or start a ‘home business’.

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Single working girls. single income, no boyfriend and desperate.

One who has bleached/dyed her hair but still has a ‘black box’.

The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

The rarefied organisational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the ‘adminisphere’ are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve. This is often affiliated with the dreaded ‘administrivia’ – needless paperwork and processes.

Someone who’s clueless. From the World Wide Web error message ‘404 Not Found’ meaning that the requested document could not be located.

Similar to a French Kiss, but given down under.

That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you’ve just made a BIG mistake (e.g. you’ve hit ‘reply all’).

A very short skirt, only an inch from the hare.

A yoBritish Street slangung man of substandard intelligence, the typical adolescent who works in a burger restaurant. The ‘no-stars’ comes from the badges displaying stars that staff at fast-food restaurants often wear to show their level of training.

The contents of a Wonderbra, i.e. extremely impressive when viewed from the outside, but there’s actually nowt in there worth seeing.

A bath so hot, that when lowering yourself in, you go: ‘Oo! Oo! Oo! Aa! Aa! Aa!’.

The bus that arrives at the pub on Friday night while you’re in the loo after your 10th pint, and whisks away all the unattractive people so the pub is suddenly packed with stunners when you come back in.

The taxi that arrives at your place on Saturday morning before you wake up, whisks away the stunner you slept with, and leaves a 10-Pinter in your bed instead.

The black London taxi that gets you home after a booze cruise

The invisible but warm coat worn when walking home after a booze cruise at 3:00am .

The invisible device that ensures your safe arrival home after a booze cruise, even though you’re too smashed to remember where you live, how you got here, and where you’ve come from.

Your first pee in the pub, usually after 2 hours of drinking. After breaking the seal of your bladder, repeat visits to the toilet will be required every 10 or 15 minutes for the rest of the night.

Bottled premixed spirits, regularly consumed by young women.

Tattoo on a female

A woman whose knickers are too small for her, so she looks like she’s
got 4 buttocks

Have you got a British street slang?

Send it to
Please put ‘SLANG’ in the subject line, and tell us if you would agree to have the Slang attributed to you.

Here’s some from reader Susan Goodwin:

“Love love love your list of current street slang. Here’s some American versions:

Ramp Stamp = Tramp Stamp
A tattoo on a woman’s lower back, usually inked in her early twenties, which peaks out from the space where her pants and shirt meet. Often displayed while woman is drunk and bending over.

Tart Fuel = Bitch Pop
Bottled, premixed spirits with a ridiculously low amount of alcohol. Mysteriously, women who drink this still manage to get smashed. Ex. Mike’s Hard Lemonaide.

Here’s some new ones:

Beer Goggles:
Glasses that make ugly women/men look attractive.

Self-explanatory. When someone gets bent out of shape over something, usually stupid and pointless.

Susan Goodwin

From Tesco’s British Street Slang Guide for employees:

• A and B the C of D: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
• Am I bovvered?: I don?t care
• B in the D: Back in the Day
• Bad: Good NB: this can also mean bad; when in doubt, just nod
• Ballin?: Doing well
• Blood: Mate, chum
• Brotha: Mate
• Buggin: To act crazy or strange
• Cane: To do something to excess
• Cuss: Defame
• Homeboy: A person who?s there for you like a brotha
• How?s it hangin??: How are you today?
• Innit?: Isn?t it? Is it?: You know? Oh, really?
• Is it blood?: You know, mate? Oh, really, mate?
• Laters: Cheerio, goodbye
• Minging: Ugly, unattractive
• Nark: Annoy
• Old skool: Old fashioned, dated, retro (can be derogatory or not) NB: This is not your alma mater, that is Old School
• Phat: Wicked, cool
• Rank: Disgusting, horrible
• Slammin?: Pleasing to the eye
• Safe: That?s OK
• Safe blood: Brilliant, my brotha
• Sound: That?s good, jolly good
• Talk to the hand!: I?m not listening
• Vexed: Stressed
• Wack: Weak, boring
• What you chattin? about?: Shut up, you?re talking rubbish
• Where it?s at: The coolest place to be
• Word: I understand, really
• You get me?: Do you understand?

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