British Dialect Glossary

British Dialect Glossary

Here are some words Gina or others will use in our translation that people who are not from the UK may have trouble understanding.

  • Anyroad/Any road – anyway
  • barmy – insane
  • barney, to have one – Totally ridiculous
  • Blew em off – audabley or physically chased someone away
  • bloke(s) – guy, person, people, usually but not always male
  • bob cryer – liar
  • Bugger – a not-so-offensive way of calling someone a bastard
  • Bugger off – Go away/Leave me alone!
  • din/dinlo – stupid, thick, slow
  • Divvy – Stupid looking
  • flogged – sell
  • fob off – a less mean way to say “fuck off”
  • geezer – similar to bloke, but usually older
  • gormless – stupid looking
  • half-inch – Pinch, steal
  • lid – mouth
  • Lost/lose the plot – To act in a disorganized, chaotic, or irrational manner
  • lugged – dragged
  • Majesty’s finest – prison, cell
  • Maltooler – Someone who steals from or on an omnibus (how convenient)
  • mug – face, to look a right mug is to look pretty stupid
  • nick – also steal
  • Nonce – Idiot, Goof, Fool
  • Off one’s trolly – Are you nuts?
  • Pete’s sake – goodness sake
  • ponce – sham, a fancy elitist, stupid
  • taking the mick(ey) – to take liberties at the expense of others, or to be joking, or to be unreasonable
  • tart – a mean or hot headed person
  • tea leaf – thief
  • tickety-boo – everything is all nice and good and proper
  • Tom, Dick and Harry – anyone
  • wicked – Really cool or really bad, context