Slang and everyday language – free class at EC Oxford

Slang and everyday English at EC Oxford English School

What is Slang?

Dodgy, geezer, quid? You don’t know these word? Not yet!

And did you know that there are slang dictionaries on the internet?

The definition of slang: words that are not considered part of the standard vocabulary of a language and that are used very informally in speech especially by a particular group of people.

Slang as a verb means: to use slang or vulgar abuse or to abuse with harsh or coarse language.

The slang language is not only limited to some words that people use when talking to their friends. Nowadays, there is a wide range of slang words in every language. Which slang words do you know?

Here are some examples from the English language:

  1. Any road: used in place of “any way,” primarily used in the north of Britain.
  2. Baccy: shortened word for “tobacco;” also, “wacky backy” means marijuana.
  3. Barmy: crazy, insane; always derogatory.
  4. Bender: derogatory term for homosexual, like “poof.” (Note: You probably shouldn’t use it or you’ll get slapped, but it’s worthy of note for giving Futurama a very different meaning.)
  5. Biggie: term children might use to describe feces; also, an erection.
  6. Bits ‘n Bobs: various things. (Example: “My mother has a lot of Bits ‘n Bobs around the house.”)
  7. “Bob’s your uncle!”: “There you go! You’ve got it!”
  8. Bollocks: technically means “balls,” but often describes something seen as extremely negative or lacking in value; e.g. “total shit.”
  9. “Bugger off!”: “Go away!” or “Leave me alone!” (Note: Bugger, used on its own, is akin to “Fuck!” or “Shit!”)
  10. Chav: white trash.

We will have a free class covering slang and everyday English on Monday, September 21 with our teacher Michael. Feel free to join the class at 15.00 pm! You will learn a lot of new words and improve your English language. Hang out with us!