London Slang 101

Navigating the rabbit warren side streets of London is hard enough for a new comer, praise be to Google Maps - youโ€™ve saved us so many times. The other part of London that normally trips tourists up is the slang. It can be very confusing when โ€˜sickโ€™ is good and โ€˜peakโ€™ is bad. We came up with a guide to help any newbies coming to London, but by no means is this the definitive list, it merely scratches the surface.

SKEEN:

for sure, all good, no worries, I understand or basically anything

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NEEK:

nerd or geek

 'That girl, India, looks like a massive neek.'

'That girl, India, looks like a massive neek.'

BARE:

a lot or really

 'There are bare cakes in this bakery.'

'There are bare cakes in this bakery.'

SAFE:

all good

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BROWN/BLEM/GRETT:

cigarette

 'LEMME HONK ON DAT BLEM!'

'LEMME HONK ON DAT BLEM!'

ALLOW:

fuck that

 'Do you want chicken for dinner?'  'Na, allow that Mum!'

'Do you want chicken for dinner?'

'Na, allow that Mum!'

BEEF:

problem between two people

 Not to be confused with this succulent slice

Not to be confused with this succulent slice

BUTTERS:

ugly

 'Ew! Golem is butters!'

'Ew! Golem is butters!'

CHIRPSE:

flirt

 'Stop chirpsing me Justin, I know you're back with Selena!'

'Stop chirpsing me Justin, I know you're back with Selena!'

BEIGE:

boring

 'That girl, India, is so beige. I'd rather watch paint dry than listen to another one of her "gap yah" stories.'

'That girl, India, is so beige. I'd rather watch paint dry than listen to another one of her "gap yah" stories.'

WAVEY GARMS:

cool clothes

 'Those are some wavey garms Britney! Did you get them on Basement?'

'Those are some wavey garms Britney! Did you get them on Basement?'

Londoners from whatever area, are very proud of their slang. It is like knowing how to get somewhere without using CityMapper, itโ€™s a badge of honour. Hopefully this will help you settle in faster. If you are stuck and would like a friend to help you navigate these windy streets and confusing conversation, look no further than Badoo. Because on this dating app you can change your location settings for free to guarantee you chat to a verified Londoner who can help show you around such a hectic city ;) 

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