This year marks exactly 60 years since Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. The Queen’s English has long been deemed the correct way to speak, but do you know what these everyday slang terms mean? Is your Brit-speak up to snuff?
1. skive off— A: drive recklessly. B: avoid work or responsibility. C: veer suddenly in the opposite direction.
2. squiffy adj.— A: slightly intoxicated. B: easily amused. C: overstuffed.
3. faff about— A: run around in a tizzy. B: gesture wildly while speaking. C: dither.
4. knackered adj.— A: exhausted. B: jubilant. C: particularly adept at something.
5. twee adj.— A: tiny. B: affectedly quaint. C: monotonous and soothing.
6. gormless adj.— A: clueless. B: guileless. C: enormous.
7. skint adj.— A: injured in a sports brawl. B: stuck at the end of the queue. C: broke.
8. manky adj.— A: on the edge of legality. B: macho. C: unpleasant.
9. bodge v.— A: make a mess of something. B: tell a lie. C: poke fun at someone.
10. butty n.— A: nosy person. B: sandwich. C: dark beer.
11. Old Bill— A: police. B: debt collector. C: jail cell.
12. nowt n.— A: late evening. B: mythical animal. C: nothing.
13. pukka adj.— A: hard to obtain. B: first-class. C: cherubic.
14. shirty adj.— A: badtempered. B: prone to dressing strangely. C: overzealous.
15. barmy adj.— A: caring. B: crazy. C: calm.
1. skive off—[ B] avoid work or responsibility. “No skiving off today, lads. We have to finish this project on time,” the boss said.
2. squiffy—[ A] slightly intoxicated. “We’d best watch out that Nigel doesn’t get too squiffy before his job interview.”
3. faff about — [ C] dither. “Rupert’s mother insisted that he stop faffing about and go right upstairs to clean his room.”
4. knackered—[ A] exhausted. “The players were good and knackered after 90 minutes on the pitch.”
5. twee—[ B] affectedly quaint. “Penelope and Prunella dismissed the cottage’s ruffled décoras too twee for their liking.”
6. gormless—[ A] clueless. “Margaret rolled her eyes at her date, wondering why she had agreed to have tea with someone so utterly gormless.”
7. skint—[ C] broke. “I’m skint after all that expensive clothes shopping with the missus,” John lamented to his friends.
8. manky—[ C] unpleasant. “Harry couldn’t bear to toss out his manky old team jersey, even though it was falling apart.”
9. bodge—[ A] make a mess of something. “It ’s easy to bodge a building job without the right tools.”
10. butty—[ B] sandwich. “Crispin licked his lips in anticipation of the delicious chip butty his wife was preparing.”
11. Old Bill—[ A] police. “Be careful not to get too rowdy at the game or you’ll get pinched by the Old Bill.”
12. nowt—[ C] nothing. “Despite the vicar’s best efforts, t he attempt to keep insects out of the church garden came to nowt.”
13. pukka—[ B] first- class. “Davey looked right pukka in his new suit and shiny shoes.”
14. shirty—[ A] bad- tempered. “Don’t get shirty with me, missy! This is your fault, not mine.”
15. barmy—[ B] crazy. “Auntie Mildred’s insistence on decorating her lawn with giant orange garden gnomes seemed a touch barmy to the neighbours.”
5 and below: A good attempt
6-10: You’re starting to impress us here
11-15: A word-power wizard!