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Today’s WotD is:

adj. Chiefly British
Very tired; exhausted

Knackered (from the verb ‘Knacker’) has three meanings. The most common usage of ‘knackered’ is worn out, tired or exhausted (eg: “I missed the last train and had to walk home and now I’m absolutely knackered”)

It can also mean broken (eg “Can I come round and watch your telly as ours is knackered?”) or thwarted (prevented from succeeding at a task) (eg: “My car broke down so our holiday plans were knackered”).

The verb knacker can also mean to ruin something (eg “Keep fiddling with the light switch and you’ll knacker it”).

You can also use the adjective knackering in the place of tiring or exhausting (eg “Running for that train is the most knackering thing I’ve ever done”).

And to round things off, we finish with a little Cockney Rhyming Slang … cream crackered is rhyming slang for knackered !

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AS we are an equal opportunities slang-site, today’s WotD is the male counterpart to the ladette
lager lout
• noun
Brit. Informal a young man who behaves offensively as a result of excessive drinking

The term lager lout was coined in the 90s by the tabloid press . A lager lout is an uncouth, young male whose anti social behaviour is as a result of excessive drinking - fueled by the cheap beer readily available in supermarkets. LLs are also associated with the rise of football hooliganism.

The term is now generally used to refer to the happy but rowdy drunks that you find in most city centres on Saturday night.

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The WotD is rather topical ... it was used to describe beloved Assistant!Jo not five minutes ago by one of our more refined colleagues.

Today's WotD is:

Brit informal A young woman who behaves in a boisterously assertive manner and engages in heavy drinking sessions

Ladette came to prominence in the 90s, coined by the British tabloid press to describe the new wave of female TV and radio presenters, such as Zoe Ball and Sarah Cox, who indulged in laddish behaviour. TypicalLadette characteristics included drinking, swearing, smoking and footie supporting ... the term is now generally used to describe young ladies that enjoy a swift pint down the pub

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Today’s WotD is:
not on your nelly Brit. certainly not.
PHRASES originally as not on your Nelly Duff, rhyming slang for puff (i.e. breath of life).

Not on your Nelly became popular in the 1940s, meaning ‘Not on your life’, ‘no way’, ‘certainly not’ etc.
The full phrase comes from the Cockney Rhyming Slang, Not on your Nelly Duff. Now you may need to take a deep breath here (no pun intended) … how do you get from Nelly Duff to ‘not on your life’?
Well … Nelly Duff rhymes with puff which in this case means the air in your lungs or the breath of life. Hence, not on your life. Phew.
Not very plausible, I know! Cockney Rhyming slang is a twisty being.

BTW - The slang has been a bit sparse over the last few weeks but hopefully normal service will be resumed from today!
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WotD - Disappointed

Today's WotD is:

• adjective
Brit. Informal bitterly disappointed or upset.

Whilst also meaning to have one's intestines removed, gutted is used by Brits to refer to a huge disappointment.

You might use it to describe your state of health, well-being or mind after your national football team were beaten 2 – 1 in the dying minutes of their opening game at Euro 2004.

Gutted works equally well for situations such as dropping your car keys in a pond, missing the last train home or being dumped by your fella or bird.

Suggested usage: Fred was gutted after Lou dumped him
I’m gutted that West Ham were relegated

See also gutting - "It was well gutting that we lost last night"

WotD: Cockneypalooza V - Euro2004 edition!

We'll end the week with another Cockney Rhyming Slang spam.

Faith and Hope Soap

FatBoy Slim Gym.
Example: "Goin' down the Fat Boy Slim"

Pen and Ink Stink.
Example: "That dog of yours pen and inks!"

Fawlty Towers Shower.
Example: "I'll just have a Fawlty Towers as I been working out"

Richard Gere Beer

Feather and Flip Kip = Sleep

Kylie Minogues Brogues (shoes).
Example: "Nice pair of Kylie Minogues you got there!"

Filter Tips Lips.
Example: "Not a dickie has past my filter"

Fine and Dandy Brandy

Finger and Thumb Rum

Fish Hook Book

Fish 'n' Taters Laters (as in 'See you later')
Example: "See's you fish 'n' taters mate"

Penelope Cruz Booze

Pete Tong Wrong

Richard Gere Beer

Mother's Ruin Gin

Mountain Ridge Fridge.
Example: "Get us a Richard Gere out of the mountain ridge"

Have a great weekend

Football's coming home!!!!

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Today’s WotD is

• adjective
Brit. Informal excellent, best, brilliant or wonderful

Also phrase get cracking - to get going or started

Cracking is used as an adjective to denote when something is brilliant or wonderful. It has been rather overused in recent times by British sports commentators, especially football pundits.
Examples of usage would be – "That was a cracking goal by Owen" or "Franz Ferdinand gave a cracking performance last night".

Cracking can also be used as an intensifier in the same way as extremely or outstandingly … eg: "We had a cracking good time last night".

When applied to a woman ("That blonde is cracking") it means stunning … and is often contracted to crackling … "She’s a nice piece of crackling".

Finally cracking can also be used a a euphemism for ‘get going’ or ‘get started’ – it usually denotes that something should be done or started quickly

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Today’s WotD is an example of how we Brits can turn normal household objects into to slang words:

Verb. 1. To notice, see or watch.

e.g."Once I clocked him looking suspicious, he left the shop without stealing anything."

2. To hit or punch, mainly on the head

e.g."I'm going to end up clocking that idiot if he doesn't shut his big mouth!"

3. Noun. The face.

Clock has been used to great effect in TV cop shows as The Sweeney (which in itself is rhyming slang – Sweeney Todd = Flying Squad!) and The Professionals. It also crops quite a lot in Eastenders and the films of the Crown Prince of Mockney, Guy Ritchie.

It appears to originate in London but also turns up in Australian slang dictionaries

WotD - Teaser

Today’s WotD is in honour of the ubiquitous Assistant!Jo, who is well versed in this art:
wind up (PHRASES)
Brit. Informal tease or irritate.
ORIGIN Old English, go rapidly, twine; related to WANDER and WEND.

Pronounciation guide: Wind as in mind as opposed to the wind that blows!

To wind up is to tease, for example by telling a false story designed to elicit a particular reaction, for example telling someone in a block of high rise flats that their lifts were to be disabled to encourage fitness

A wind up merchant is London slang for someone who makes a habit of teasing people on a regular basis (eg Assistant!Jo … just saying)

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Today's phrase of the day is one that I heard mentioned in the pub only yesterday ...

big girl’s blouse Brit. informal
a weak, cowardly, or over-sensitive man.

Big girl's blouse is a phrase that originated in the North of England (a stock line for Northern comedians such as Bernard Manning and Les Dawson) but it now used widely throughout the country.
It is normally used as a term to playfully ridicule a young man who is a bit soft and shy (it almost equates to 'milquetoast')... the sort of thing an overbearing relative might say to you

"Come on, put your back into it you big girls blouse!"
"You can't drink diet coke in a pub, you big girl's blouse"
"Did you see the way Beckham was rolling around on the grass after that tackle. Big girl's blouse"