10 Things You'll Definitely Hear in London [Slideshow]

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Blinding

This is a common slang word for something really fantastic, superb or excellent. It has no relationship with the notion of lack of sight. It is used in the positive sense and as in the phrase "a blinding success" or of a sportsman "playing a blinder." 

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Gobsmacked

This word is a typically British invention and is an expression meaning "to be amazed beyond belief." It derives from the slang word "gob" meaning mouth and reflects the consequence of being hit in the mouth. It is used to express any sort of shock and surprise.

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Gutted

This term was originally used by sportsmen in an interview to describe their reaction to a defeat, which then became a cliché. This term reflects an emotional response to a situation from which they are saddened or even devastated. It is used now for any sort of upset, be it a relationship breakup or failing an exam.

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Cheers

While "cheers" originally and still is used in toasts as a form of “your good health,” it's also more casually used as "thanks" or "thank you." It is commonly heard in pubs, especially when someone has been bought a drink. It’s often said from one "mate" to another.

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Mates

To an American this word translates as "pal," "dude" or "buddy." It’s used mostly used as a a term of friendship, as in "men typically go to the pub with their ‘mates.’" You also might hear as an opening line to someone the phrase "All right, mate?"

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Nice One

There is often a note of sarcasm in this phrase or at least good humour, typically to react to a botched job. However it can be more sincere and mean "good effort" or share the sense of the American phrase "good job."

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Dodgy

This is used for so many situations to describe anything "shifty" or morally wrong or illegal. It can be something counterfeit, as in the phrase "dodgy goods," or said of something unlikely to work properly or someone looking as though they are up to no good. Also it can refer to a stomach that has just digested something not very palatable.

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Knackered

You’ll likely to hear this at any given opportunity as the casual description, similar to "shattered," for tiredness or exhaustion.

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Full Monty

This has come back into common parlance and onto the streets. While some get confused into thinking it relates to going completely nude, it actually just means to go "whole hog" "the whole way" or "no half measures."

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The Bee's Knees

This is a much more charming version of the equally common but more vulgar phrase “dog’s bollocks." It means "the very best imaginable" and is used to express the ultimate experience or to describe someone in the highest terms.

By Adam Jacot de Boinod on 07/03/2017

For a city as culturally diverse and historic as London it comes no surprise that there is such a broad range of vocabulary across the city. 

Any combination of these words means you've found yourself in London. 

Adam Jacot de Boinod is the author of The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World, published by Penguin Books and the Tingo App Game for iPhones on Interesting Words.