Some place names that are often misspelled

Strand - The Strand

St Pancras - St Pancreas

Walthamstow - Walthamstowe

Stansted - Stanstead

King's Cross - Kings Cross

Mornington Crescent - Mornington Cresent

Some words you may not have learned at school, but you hear in London

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.

British English

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 Youtube.

British USA
Trainers Sneakers
Chips French fries
Crisps Potato chips
Jumper, pullover Sweater
Biscuit Cookie
Waistcoat Vest
Peckish Hungry
Colour Color
Aeroplane Airplane
Cheque Check
Theatre Theater
Grey Gray
Braces Suspenders
Block of flats Apartment building
Ground floor First floor / ground floor
First floor Second floor
Underground Subway
Chemist's / Pharmacy Drugstore / Pharmacy
Phone box Phone booth
Queue Line
Boot Trunc
Windscreen Windshield
Indicator Blinker (turn signal)
Tyre Tire
Timetable Schedule
Rubber Eraser
Post Mail
Holiday Vacation
Autumn Fall, autumn
High street Main street
Lorry Truck
Flat Apartment
Lift Elevator
Apologise Apologize
Toilet, Loo Restroom (bathroom)
Telly TV
Sweets Candy
Sweet shop Candy store
Candy floss Cotton candy
Torch Flashlight
Mobile phone Cellphone
Rubbish Garbage (trash)
Dustbin Trash can
Trousers Pants
Football Soccer
Tap Faucet
Pub Bar
Petrol Gasoline
Wardrobe Closet
Anti-clockwise Counter-clockwise
Taxi Cab
Car park Parking lot
Flyover Overpass
Garden (Back)yard
Mad Crazy, insane
Tin Can
Cooker Stove
Railway Railroad
Zip Zipper
Number plate Licence plate
Driving licence Driver's licence
Pavement Sidewalk
Handbag Purse
Travelling Traveling
Motorway Highway
Motorbike Motorcycle
Film Film, movie
Estate agent Realtor
Estate car Station wagon
Coriander Cilantro
Aubergine Eggplant
Snakes and Ladders Chutes and Ladders
Second Year Student Sophomore
Fringe Bangs
Bath Bathtub
Reception Front desk
Trolley Cart
Washbasin Sink
Pushchair Stroller
Headmaster Principal
Maths Math
Packed lunch Bag lunch
Staff room Teacher's lounge
Full stop Period
Plimsolls Gym shoes
Primary school Elementary school
Cutlery Silverware
Eggy bread French toast
Fairy cake Cup cake
Flan Fruit pie
Gammon Ham
Jug Pitcher
Maize Corn
Spring onions Green onions
Wellington boots Rubber boots
Dungarees Overalls
Swimming suit Bathing suit
Pyjamas Pajamas
Fire engine Fire truck
Crossraoad Intersection
Roundabout Traffic circle
Ladybird Ladybug
Postcode Zip code
Cashier Teller
Sellotape Scotch tape
Dustman Garbage man
Postman Mailman
Nil Zero
Caretaker Janitor
Dear, Costly Expensive
Lass Girl
Jumble sale Yard sale
Noughts and crosses Tic tac toe
Parcel Package
Plaster Band-aid

To learn British English, you can also watch these videos:
Video 1 Youtube
Video 2 Youtube
Video 4 Youtube
Video 6 Youtube
Video 7 Youtube
Video 8 Youtube
Video 9 Youtube
Video 10 Youtube
Video 11 Youtube
(Some numbers are missing, because Youtube has declared some language lessons private. Why?)


The secret language of taxi drivers

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.