annawarnaby

Hi! I'm a native English speaker from Manchester, UK. I also speak fluent French and a bit of German.

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stan

English English speaking countries

Word USED Frequently BY Gen Z'ers

Can be used as a noun or a verb to describe an obsessive love of a celebrity. Used frequently on Twitter. Originates from Eminem's song 'Stan', which tells the story of one of his obsessive fans.

"She really stans BTS." "She's a big Taylor Swift stan."


Confirmed by 5 people



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on my tod

English North , United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Northerners

Alone or on your own.

"Did you go into town with your friend." "No I was on my tod."




keep your chin up

English English speaking countries

Expression USED Frequently BY Most People

Used to encourage someone to remain positive.

"Have you heard back from the job yet?" "No." "Well, keep your chin up, you'll hear soon!"


Confirmed by 9 people



faff

English United Kingdom

Word USED On Occasion BY Most People

An overcomplicated task, especially one perceived as not worth the time.

"I'd love to redecorate but it's just a bit of a faff."


Confirmed by 5 people



chockablock

English United Kingdom

Word USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

(adj.) Used to describe something that is extremely full or crowded.

"There's so much traffic, the motorways are chockablock."


Confirmed by 5 people



fomo

English English speaking countries

Acronym USED Frequently BY Young People

Stands for Fear of Missing Out.

"I decided to stay in on Friday night but when I saw the pictures the next day I had major fomo."


Confirmed by 10 people



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byob

English English speaking countries

Acronym USED On Occasion BY Most People

Stands for Bring Your Own Beer/Booze. Often found on party invitations or restaurants to indicate that you are welcome to bring your own drinks with you.

"Can we stop at the shop on the way to the party? It's a BYOB kind of thing."


Confirmed by 12 people



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curtain twitcher

English United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) A nosy person who watches his or her neighbours, typically from a curtained window.

"That old lady is always watching us whenever we leave the house, she's a real curtain twitcher."


Confirmed by 11 people



in a pickle

English English speaking countries

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Some People

Means that you are in a difficult position with no easy solution.

"I'm in a bit of a pickle - the deadline is tomorrow and my computer just broke."


Confirmed by 17 people



mater

French France

Slang USED Frequently BY Young People

(v.) To check out or look at.

"Je vais mater le film ce weekend."

"I'm going to check out the film this weekend."


Confirmed by 13 people



il y a du monde*

* there is the world

French France

Standard Phrase USED Frequently BY Most People

Used to mean that there are a lot of people in a place.

"On est dans un bar." "C'est chargé ou pas?" "Ouais, il y a du monde ici."

"We're in a bar." "Is it busy?" "Yeah, there's loads of people here."


Confirmed by 14 people



pompette

French France

Word USED On Occasion BY Most People

(adj.) Tipsy.

"Faites pas attention, je suis pompette."

"Don't mind me, I'm a little bit tipsy."


Confirmed by 11 people



meuf

French | Verlan France

Slang USED Very frequently BY Young People

(n.) Girl or woman. From the verlan 'femme'.

"On a passé une soirée entre meufs."

"We had a girls night."


Confirmed by 15 people



loml

English English speaking countries

Acronym USED On Occasion BY Gen Z'ers

(n.) An acronym for 'love of my life'. Often used on Instagram as a caption for a picture of your partner.

"Look at him. #loml"


Confirmed by 9 people



to carry a torch for someone

English English speaking countries

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

To admire or love somebody in secret. Comes from the metaphor of a burning flame, i.e. to keep a fire burning.

"She's always carried a torch for him, maybe they'll get back together one day."


Confirmed by 7 people



humblebrag

English English speaking countries

Portmanteau USED On Occasion BY Millenials

(n.) A modest or self-deprecating statement that has the actual intention of drawing attention to something the speaker is proud of.

"He was complaining about having too many job offers to choose from." "What a humblebrag!"


Confirmed by 9 people



Geborgenheit

German Germany

Word USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) Used to describe a deep sense of security and comfort. It is the feeling that everything is exactly how it should be, such as snuggling up with a loved one or eating home-cooked food when returning to your childhood home.

"Meine Kinder genießen die Geborgenheit einer liebevollen Familie."

"My children enjoy the comfort of a loving family."


Confirmed by 15 people



jein*

* yesno

German Germany

Portmanteau USED Frequently BY Some People

A contraction of the words "ja" (yes) and "nein" (no). It means that you agree to what has being said, but that you disagree about one aspect that has been mentioned or that you restrict your affirmation.

"Kann ich mir dein Auto ausleihen?" "Jein, höchstens für die nächste halbe Stunde. Dann brauche ich es selber."

"Can I borrow your car?" "Yes, but only for the next half hour. Then I need it myself."


Confirmed by 16 people



to throw someone in at the deep end

English English speaking countries

Standard Phrase USED Frequently BY Most People

(v.) To put someone into a new situation without enough preparation or introduction. Refers to the deep end of a swimming pool.

"They really threw me in at the deep end but I'm getting used to it now."


Confirmed by 14 people



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baptism of fire

English English speaking countries

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Most People

Immediately having to cope with a stressful situation in order to improve.

"How was your first driving lesson?" "It was a bit of a baptism of fire but I enjoyed it."


Confirmed by 10 people



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tandsmør*

* tooth butter

Danish Denmark

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Most People

Butter spread so thick that you leave teeth marks in it when you take a bite.

"Jeg elsker hjemmelavet brød med tandsmør."

"I love homemade bread with a thick layer of butter."


Confirmed by 4 people



hangry

English English speaking countries

Portmanteau USED On Occasion BY Most People

(adj.) To be angry or irritated because of hunger.

"Can you hurry up? I'm starting to get hangry."


Confirmed by 14 people



avoir la dalle

French France

Standard Phrase USED Frequently BY Some People

(v.) To be very hungry.

"Je commence à avoir la dalle."

"I'm starting to get hungry."


Confirmed by 13 people



to have your head screwed on

English United Kingdom

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some People

To think or act in a smart and sensible way.

"What do you think of the new girl?" "She's good, she's got her head screwed on."


Confirmed by 7 people



ok, boomer

English English speaking countries

Expression USED On Occasion BY Millenials

(interj.) Used in a humorous or ironic manner to dismiss closed-minded opinions from the baby boomer generation (people born between 1946 and 1965) and older people more generally. Often used when someone's opinion is so out-of-touch that it would take too long to explain something to them.

"If you just stopped eating avocado toast, you'd be able to afford a house in no time." "Ok, boomer."


Confirmed by 13 people



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#ClapForCarers

English United Kingdom

Hashtag USED In the past BY Most People

Hashtag used to express gratitude for NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Refers to the act of clapping outside your house at 8pm on a Thursday night.

"A special #ClapForCarers will take place at 5pm today as we say happy birthday to our precious NHS."


Confirmed by 10 people



mugged off

English Essex, United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Young People

To be played for a fool or rejected (romantically).

"Are you still dating that girl?" "Nah, I've been mugged off."


Confirmed by 7 people



bun

English Southern England, United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Young People

(v.) Used when displaying a displeasure to a certain idea or thought.

"Do you want to go to the gym later?" "Nah, bun that!"


Confirmed by 4 people



spend a penny

English United Kingdom

Expression USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

Euphemism meaning "to go to the bathroom", originating from a time when public toilets charged one penny. It is used mostly by women, as men's urinals were free to use.

"I'll be back in a minute, just going to spend a penny."


Confirmed by 5 people



skive

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Some People

(v.) To play truant, meaning to not go in to work or school when you are supposed to.

"Let's skive maths this afternoon, I haven't done the homework."


Confirmed by 5 people



quid

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Some People

(n.) The British pound.

"Can you lend me two quid for some chewing gum?"


Confirmed by 9 people



leg it

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Young People

(v.) To run very fast.

"I forgot my keys so I legged it back to my house."


Confirmed by 5 people



baccy

English Northern England, United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) Shortened word for 'tobacco'.

"I'm rolling a cigarette, can I use your baccy?"


Confirmed by 5 people



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How do?

English Northern England, United Kingdom

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some People

Greeting often used between walkers as they pass each other on a hike. It doesn't really mean anything but it an expression of friendliness that does not require an actual answer.

"How do?" "How do?"


Confirmed by 4 people



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bagsy

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Some People

(v.) To claim something for yourself, reserving it so someone else can't take it.

"Bagsy front seat!" "Don't take the last slice of cake, I've bagsy'd it."


Confirmed by 4 people



the Mrs

English United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) Used by men to refer to their partner. Does not necessarily mean they are married.

"Want to go for a beer tonight?" "I can't, I'm staying in with the Mrs."


Confirmed by 10 people



mytho

French France

Slang USED Very frequently BY Most People

(adj.) Used to describe someone who lies, often to make themselves sounds better. Abbreviation of 'mythomane'.

"Ne l’écoute pas, il est gros mytho."

"Don't listen to him, he's a complete liar."


Confirmed by 9 people



bouffer

French France

Slang USED Very frequently BY Most People

(v.) To eat.

"Viens, on va chercher à bouffer."

"Come on, let's find something to eat."


Confirmed by 13 people



punching

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Young People

(v.) Used to indicate that someone's partner is more attractive than them, and they have done well to get them. Often used by men in a positive way to praise their friend's girlfriend.

"You're punching with her, mate, she's gorgeous!"


Confirmed by 5 people



buzzin'

English United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Young People

(adj.) Being extremely happy or excited. Short for 'buzzing'.

"She just asked me out, I'm absolutely buzzin'."


Confirmed by 8 people



défoncé

French France

Slang USED Very frequently BY Young People

(adj.) Used to mean wasted or out of it, after having consumed alcohol or drugs.

"Tu te souviens de la soirée?" "Pas du tout, j'étais complètement défoncé."

"Do you remember the party?" "Not at all, I was completely wasted."


Confirmed by 9 people



une taffe

French France

Word USED Frequently BY Most People

(n.) A drag of a cigarette.

"Je peux te prendre une taffe?"

"Can I have a drag?"


Confirmed by 10 people



to have a knack for

English United Kingdom

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Most People

An ability or special method for doing something easily and well.

"The door's a bit stiff, there's a knack to opening it." "She's got a knack for baking, she should open a shop."


Confirmed by 11 people



lass

English Northern England & Scotland, United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) A girl or young woman.

"Check out that lass over there."


Confirmed by 11 people



innit

English United Kingdom

Interjection USED Frequently BY Young People

(interj.) Contraction of the phrase "isn't it?". Used to express agreement and confirm something someone else has said.

"It's so cold today." "Innit."


Confirmed by 13 people



canny

English Sunderland, United Kingdom

Word USED Very frequently BY Most People

(adj.) Used to express positive feelings towards something.

"Yeah I like him, he's a canny lad."


Confirmed by 7 people



cuppa

English Northern England, United Kingdom

Word USED Very frequently BY Some People

(n.) A cup of tea. Contraction of the phrase "cup of".

"Want a cuppa?" "Ok, go on then."


Confirmed by 10 people



famous last words

English United Kingdom

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some People

An ironic comment on an overconfident assertion that may later be proved wrong.

"I'll be perfectly fine going on my own!" "Famous last words!"


Confirmed by 10 people



#BalanceTonPorc*

* Denounce your pig

French France

Hashtag USED Frequently BY Some People

The French version of the #MeToo movement. Used on Twitter to condemn sexual harassment and assault.

"Le mouvement #BalanceTonPorc a commencé en 2017 avec les allégations d'abus sexuels contre Harvey Weinstein."

"The #BalanceTonPorc movement began in 2017 with the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein."


Confirmed by 8 people



La vache!*

* The cow!

French France

Interjection USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(interj.) An expression of surprise, admiration, or disappointment.

"Ah la vache! On s’est fait écraser par le PSG à nouveau."

"Oh damn, we got crushed by PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) again."


Confirmed by 12 people



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poser un lapin*

* to put down a rabbit

French France

Expression USED On Occasion BY Most People

To stand someone up.

"Pourquoi tu pleures?" "Il m'a posé un lapin."

"Why are you crying?" "He put me down a rabbit."


Confirmed by 10 people



un troquet

French France

Word USED Frequently BY Everyone

A local cafe or bar. Often a relaxed and informal place.

"Je pris un café au troquet."

"I had a coffee at the local cafe."


Confirmed by 4 people



le lendemain de cuite

French France

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Most People

The day after a night of drinking.

"Un burger bien fat en lendemain de cuite n'est en fait pas une très bonne idée."

"Eating a big fatty burger the night after drinking isn't a very good idea."


Confirmed by 6 people



avoir un coeur d'artichaut*

* to have an artichoke's heart

French France

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some People

To fall in love easily and often.

"Il nous a raconté les peines de son coeur d'artichaut."

"He told us about his many failed romances."


Confirmed by 5 people



bobo

French Paris, France

Slang USED Frequently BY Most People

(n.) A shortened version of the word 'bourgeois-bohème', meaning a middle-class person with money and liberal, left-wing political views. They are often seen as trendy and intellectual, but in a way that is performative. It is often said in a derogatory way.

"Le nouveau restaurant végan va attirer les bobos."

"The new vegan restaurant will attract the bobos."


Confirmed by 5 people



86

English United States

Slang USED On Occasion BY Bartenders

(v.) Used in the service industry, particularly in bars, to describe an item that has run out, a person to be kicked out or to be refused service, or to lose your job. It can be used more loosely to refer to removing something.

“We just sold our last oyster dish, so 86 oysters for the rest of the night.” "The new guy's been 86'd. He wasn't right for the job."


Confirmed by 5 people



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mardy

English Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Word USED On Occasion BY Some People

(adj.) Used to describe someone who is sulking or in a bad mood.

"I'd leave her alone, she's being mardy today."


Confirmed by 6 people



ginnel

English Manchester, United Kingdom

Word USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) Used to describe an alley or passageway between houses.

"I walked my dog through the ginnel to get to the park."


Confirmed by 3 people



chuffed

English Manchester , United Kingdom

Word USED Frequently BY Some People

(adj.) Used to express satisfaction and happiness.

"I'm chuffed with my new trainers".


Confirmed by 8 people