Monday, June 1, 2020

All Right?: Some Lingo In The United Kingdom That Immigrants Need To Be Familiar With

The lingo in a country is very important to learn especially for those people who are new there. Tourists and immigrants should know how to speak how the locals do despite knowing the basic language. For example, in the United Kingdom, English is the language used. However, there are certain lingo or slang that may sound English but may not make sense if one is not familiar with them.

With that in mind, it is highly essential that new people in the UK, especially immigrants since they will be staying in the country for a while, should try and learn as much lingo as they can to be able to understand what the locals are saying and to be able to speak like a local (which could definitely impress a lot of them!). They are really not that difficult – one simply needs patience and a lot of practice to get it down pat.

Without further ado, here are some lingo that are commonly used in the United Kingdom.

All right?

This lingo is usually used to greet other people and it does not necessarily mean that the person who said it is waiting for a response. It is like “Hello” and “How do you do?.”

All right? Great morning to you!


For those who are used to thinking that this word is some kind of curse word, it is not when one is in the United Kingdom. See, it definitely just pertains to a donkey and nothing else.

He took the ass for a walk but he had a hard time bringing it back to the farm.


This is probably one of the first lingo that locals learn. They are commonly used by children. When they shout, “Bagsy!”, it means that they are claiming something as theirs. It can be used just like “dibs” when in the United States.

I called bagsy on the sweet spot on the bench in the park when I went out with my friends.


This term is used to refer to a man. In the United States, the variation of “bloke” would be “dude”.

While taking my dog for a walk, I met a bloke who had a really nice golden retriever.


This term does not mean bacteria or something. It actually means tobacco – the kind that a person uses to make their own cigarettes.

Sweet deal on that baccy I bought from my friend.


Most people think that this means some kind of marsh deep in the forest. But it is not. In UK lingo, bog means a toilet. This should be one of the first things that a person new in the country should learn.

Can I use your bog? I need it badly!

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