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What can you say to be a native “English Slang” speaker? Oh and what does “ slang” mean…. Here is one explanation..

Slang consists of a lexicon of non-standard words and phrases in a given language. Use of these words and phrases is typically associated with the subversion of a standard variety (such as Standard English) and is likely to be interpreted by listeners as implying particular attitudes on the part of the speaker. In some contexts, a speaker’s selection of slang words or phrases may convey prestige, indicating group membership or distinguishing group members from those who are not a part of the group.

What to know more about English slangs and phrases  then read this book, Posh: Webster’s Quotations, Facts and Phrases

Mrs. Jackie Verrall, Managing Director of English Language Homestays

Some Examples!

1) He is a bit posh!; This means you are well bred. Come from a good family

2) We had a bit of a “do”; We organised a party or social event

3) She was looking for a Bull and Cow; She was hoping to have an argument with me

4) We went toe to toe; We couldn’t agree about something and so we argued

5) Don’t dilly dally; Hurry up

6) He reckons he can do it in an hour; His best guess is that it will one hour

7) Fancy a snifter?; Would you like an ( alcoholic) drink

8) Tiffin Time?; Light meal

Slang is a very important part of everyday British life. We also use lots of words and phrases from different countries, especially when we had the British Empire. Words such as Bungalow and Jodphur are Indian words, as is the phrase, “ Tiffin Time”

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