Can also mean to pass something with flying colors.
The expression is believed by some to come literally from ‘gob’ (a British expression for mouth), and the look of shock that comes from someone hitting it. ‘I was gobsmacked when she told me she was pregnant with triplets.’‘Cock up’ – a British slang term that is far from the lewdness its name suggests.A ‘cock up’ is a mistake, a failure of large or epic proportions.For example, ‘The papers sent out to the students were all in the wrong language – it’s a real cock up.’ Also, ‘I cocked up the orders for table number four.’‘Blinding’ – a slang term that is far from something that physically causes someone to lose their sight.‘Blinding’ is a positive term meaning excellent, great, or superb.For example, ‘That tackle from the Spanish player was blinding.’‘Lost the plot’ is one that can actually be discerned by examining the words themselves.
To ‘lose the plot’ can mean either to become angry and/or exasperated to a fault, or in a derogatory – if slightly outdated sense – to mean someone who has become irrational and/or acting ridiculously.
For example, ‘When my girlfriend saw the mess I’d made, she lost the plot.’‘Cheers’ doesn’t quite have the same meaning that it does in other counties – of course, it still means ‘celebrations’ when toasting a drink with some friends, but in British slang, it also means ‘thanks’ or ‘thank you’.
For example, ‘Cheers for getting me that drink, Steve’.‘Ace’ – a British slang term that means something that is brilliant or excellent.
British slang is a niche of its own, evolving and transforming and adapting from city to city and from year to year, just as the English language itself has done.
While American slang has become nearly universal with the influx of TV shows, films, and other media filling the screens of a significant majority of the media-viewing global population, there is so much more available once you dig beneath the surface of British slang terms and can discover some real gems beneath the surface.
So, if you’re an aspiring Anglophile looking for some new lingo to help fuel your love for all things British, or you just fancy seeing what kind of words the British find themselves using their day-to-day, check out our thirty best British slang terms for you to start using and incorporating into your vocabulary immediately…‘Mate’ – one of the commonly used terms of endearment and affection in British slang terms.