OY - Voicing used to attract attention.
INNIT - Short for Isn't it. For example: London is wonderful, innit?
BOOZER - Another word with the same meaning as pub.
KERFUFFLE - Commotion or fuss between people with different opinions.
OFFY - Off licence, a shop where alcohol is sold for takeaway, not for on-site consumption.
LOO - Public toilet. You can also say The Gents, The Ladies. "To spend a penny" can also be used in the sense of going to the toilet, the expression comes from the distant times when access to a public toilet cost one penny.
POP - Used when going somewhere quickly to come back immediately.
GO OFF - Food that has expired and no longer edible.
FLY TIPPING - Illegally leaving rubbish (Am: trash) in public.
KIP - Informal word for sleep (past form "kipped").
BLOKE - Man.
GEEZER - A very vigorous man.
FOOTIE - Shortened form of football (Not played with hands like Americans do :-) ).
ALIGHT - Formal term meaning get off (often used with transport).
BUSKER - A street musician.
CHEEKY - Me too, to do it spontaneously, in the mood of the moment.
HORSES FOR COURSES - Different people like different things.
QUID - British pound. Even in the plural, the word remains the same, there is no "s" at the end.
HOLE IN THE WALL - ATM. It can also be called CASHPOINT.
BUILDER'S TEA - A strong cup of English tea.
THE OLD BILL - Policeman.
GREASY SPOON - A local, not very upscale coffee shop.
DO A RUNNER - Leave a restaurant without paying the bill.
FIZZY DRINK - Carbonated drink.
HIGH STREET - The main street in a town or area.
PORKIES - Cockney rhyming slang for lies.
JIM JAMS - Pyjamas (childish a bit).
OFF YOUR TROLLEY - Informal way to say someone is crazy.
Many of us have studied English at school. Others have acquired it by watching film or taking courses. But for some reason it tends to be more the language spoken in the US. But many words and expressions are different in British English. I would highlight some of these in this table. You can learn more about the differences in this video .
|Block of flats||Apartment building|
|Ground floor||First floor / ground floor|
|First floor||Second floor|
|Chemist's / Pharmacy||Drugstore / Pharmacy|
|Phone box||Phone booth|
|Indicator||Blinker (turn signal)|
|High street||Main street|
|Toilet, Loo||Restroom (bathroom)|
|Sweet shop||Candy store|
|Candy floss||Cotton candy|
|Car park||Parking lot|
|Number plate||Licence plate|
|Driving licence||Driver's licence|
|Estate car||Station wagon|
|Snakes and Ladders||Chutes and Ladders|
|Second Year Student||Sophomore|
|Packed lunch||Bag lunch|
|Staff room||Teacher's lounge|
|Primary school||Elementary school|
|Eggy bread||French toast|
|Fairy cake||Cup cake|
|Spring onions||Green onions|
|Wellington boots||Rubber boots|
|Swimming suit||Bathing suit|
|Fire engine||Fire truck|
|Jumble sale||Yard sale|
|Noughts and crosses||Tic tac toe|
To learn British English, you can also watch these videos:
(Some numbers are missing, because Youtube has declared some language lessons private. Why?)
You do not need to know the slang between taxi drivers, but maybe you are interested?
Arnie - The driver isn't going home yet. Remember: I'll be back
B & B - Police check. Licence called a bill is checked.
Bilker - A customer who plans to leave without paying.
Blue Lights - The police are investigating the accident.
Blue Trees - A policeman measures speed from the shade of a tree or pole.
Broom - A ride that a taxi driver gives up to another because he doesn't want it.
Butterboy - Rookie.
Butterfly - Part-time driver, only drives in good weather.
Canary - Driver with a yellow badge, may only drive in the suburbs.
Carpet - 3 pounds.
Ching - 5 pounds.
Churchill - A meal. It was Winston Churchill who gave taxi drivers permission to take a lunch break during working hours.
Cooking - Too long to wait for a ride, poor service.
Droshky - Taxi.
Full House - The car is full of passengers.
Gavroched - There is so much traffic that the driver manages to get out and read the menu on the wall of the restaurant.
Hickory - Taximeter.
Kojak with a Kodak - Same as Blue Trees.
Legalled - The bill was paid but no tip was given.
Oner - Long drive, over £100.
Scab - Small taxi.
Set - An accident.
Sherb - Taxi.
Single pin - A traveller travelling alone.
Stalking - Driving without turning on the taximeter.
Suit - City man.
Turkish - Laughter.