Discover more about the English language.
We’ll concentrate on British English, of course, but if you travel to the UK you will hear English from all around the world.
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Some new words for October
Here are some words and expressions that have come into the English language recently. All words and expressions are in use in the UK. If not, we will say where they are from.
sharenting (noun) – this describes the behaviour of parents when they share photos and other information about their children on social media sites. Sharenting rhymes with ‘parenting’.
“I saw a photo of you on Facebook yesterday. You looked about three years old.”
“Oh, great. Mum and dad have been sharenting again.”
athwear (noun) – clothes designed for sport and exercise. This is the new term for ‘gym wear’.
“Chris is online looking for athwear.”
mint (adjective – informal) – nice, cool.
“I like your shoes. They’re really mint.”
tap-to-pay (adjective) – this describes a method of paying for something. You tap your phone on an electronic payment device.
dolla (noun – slang) – money. This slang has been heard in London recently.
“Do you need some dolla?”
plug-in (noun) – an electric car. You plug in this type of car to recharge it.
“I decided to get rid of my diesel car and get a plug-in.”
TBF (acronym) – to be fair. In the UK people use this when texting.
“We lost. TBF our opponents played really well.”
IMO (acronym) – in my opinion. Often used in texting and on social media sites.
“IMO you have great parents.”
Some common expressions in the UK
When you come to Britain, (or if you watch British TV shows) you will hear words and expressions that aren’t always in your language learning books. You don’t have to use them yourself, but it’s useful to know what they mean.
Instead of saying ‘Hello. How are you?’ some people say:
‘All right?’ or ‘Orright?’ Typical reply: ‘Yeah, allright?’
‘Hiya.’ Typical reply: ‘Hiya, how’s it going?’
‘Wotcha.’ Typical reply: ‘Wotcha. Orright?’
For ‘goodbye’ many people say:
Cheers has several meanings.
It can mean ‘to your good health’ when you raise a glass. You raise a glass. look each other in the eye, say ‘Cheers’ and then drink.
It can mean ‘thanks’.
‘Here’s your change.’
It can mean ‘Goodbye’.
‘See you tomorrow.’
Sometimes it means ‘thanks’ and ‘goodbye’ at the same time.
Example – in a café:
Waiter: ‘Did you enjoy your meal?’
Customer: ‘I did. Cheers.’
Waiter: ‘Thank you. Bye.’