UK Slang: British Words for everyday use

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A ‚Äútrolly‚ÄĚ is the word the British use for a shopping cart. However, when the noun ‚Äútrolly‚ÄĚ is turned into the adjective ‚Äútrollied,‚ÄĚ it is used to describe someone as being drunk.

‚ÄúI had a few too many cocktails last night, mate. I was trollied.‚ÄĚ

In American English, ‚Äúfag‚ÄĚ is a derogatory (insulting or mean) term for someone who is gay. In British slang, however, it just means a cigarette.

‚ÄúI‚Äôm going outside for a fag.‚ÄĚ

Cuppa comes from the phrase ‚Äúcup of.‚ÄĚ The implied (suggested) meaning is a cup of tea (because we love tea‚Ķ). The word ‚Äútea‚ÄĚ is not actually needed. You only need to make it clear if it is a ‚Äúcuppa‚ÄĚ coffee or a ‚Äúcuppa‚ÄĚ something other than tea.

‚ÄúWould you like a cuppa?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI‚Äôd love one. I‚Äôll get the kettle on.‚ÄĚ

The original meaning of ‚Äúgut‚ÄĚ is to remove the insides of an animal before eating it (gutting a fish, for example). It also has the meaning of being bitterly disappointed about something.

‚ÄúI was gutted when I failed the exam.‚ÄĚ