Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Unreviewed, unmarketed, unstocked by any of the big book chains, unblogged about by me... yet Knickers In A Twist continues to be The Little British Slang Book That Could.

Now in it's FIFTH printing, the tiny tome confounds both myself and the world of publishing. Imagine what could be achieved if I really applied myself on a regular basis to this Brit-slang blogging lark! Actually, don't bother imagining. I'll tell you exactly what will happen. A few weeks' worth of updates and then a trickle that quickly dries up until I receive more dumbfounding news and the prospect of a sixth printing reminds me of this blog's existence. It'll be a fun and informative two weeks, though...


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Clout: Definition 1: to hit someone with the intent of knocking some sense into them rather than causing long-term physical damage.

Use In A Sentence: "I gave him a good clout around the ear. He won't try that with the hamster again."

Definition 2: someone who wields a vast amount of influence in a particular sphere.

Use In A Sentence: "He's got a lot of clout in the field of haberdashery.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Persians: Cockney rhyming slang for drugs. Derived from Persian rugs.

Use In A Sentence: "Look at the state of him, he's all over the place. Must be on the Persians."

Friday, February 13, 2009

Shirty: angry

Use In A Sentence: "Don't get shirty with me, mate!"

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Guts For Garters: as in "I'll have your..." Military slang used to strike fear into the hearts of raw recruits by brutish parade-ground tyrant attempting to break down their individual spirits and mold them into a crack fighting machine or, then again, simply to cause them to soil themselves for his amusement.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Chinky: racist but affectionate(but still racist) term for the Chinese restaurant from which Brits purchase take-out food.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

To Have One's Card Marked: to be warned. Derived soccer where a player who commits a foul is issued a yellow or red card and has his name noted in the referee's notebook.

Use In A Sentence: "You've already had your card marked, don't come around here looking for trouble, mate!"