There’s nothing us Brits love more than making up a new word or phrase to jazz up our everyday vocab.
If we’re not abbreviating (see, Corrie Nash or Chazzle Dazzle), we’re rhyming or inventing completely new idioms.
Why saying ‘getting drunk’, when you could say trollied, hammered, battered, wasted or spangled?
And now, analysists at Letter Solver have trawled Urban Dictionary to find the most popular and most hated British slang.
You might be chuffed to hear that the term ‘chuffed’ received a 96% share of upvotes on Urban Dictionary, meaning it took first place on the most loved list.
Although we know the phrase to mean feeling happy about something, it actually originates from the word chuff, which means swollen with fat. Lovely.
Placing second is ‘gutted’ with a 94.7% share of upvotes. To be ‘knackered’ placed third, while ‘Bob’s you’re uncle’ placed fourth with a 90.3% share of upvotes, which begs the question, who is Bob, and who on Earth is his Uncle?
We also quite enjoy the similar phrase, ‘Fanny’s your aunt’.
Other popular idioms included a bit of ‘argy bargy’ and referring to something easy as a ‘piece of cake’.
Something going ‘pear-shaped’ also placed on the most loved slang list as did ‘play it by ear’ but taking the last spot, and perhaps a favourite of ours, was ‘faff’.
But let’s not faff about, where there is light there is shade, and we also have the most hated slang list – and the term ‘mug’ took the number one spot.
Second on the most hated list, is ‘graft’. Could this be a reaction to Love Islanders constantly talking of ‘grafting’ to get the object of their affection?
Mooch takes the third spot with a 33.4% share of downvotes, so don’t you dare take to Instagram to share pics of your lazy Sunday afternoon ‘mooching’ down some cobbled streets.
‘Grim’, fluke’ and ‘naff’ we all hated terms too.
The seventh most hated term was ‘spanner’. ‘Gander’ and ‘proper’ also placed, but rounding out the top ten most hated terms was ‘mint’.
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