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The British Slang Quiz

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Welcome to the British Slang Quiz! Are You Ready?

Having been married to a Brit for over ten years, I have now managed to get past the accent, but I also have found myself learning this whole new language.

Having lived in the UK for some months, I found myself saying seemingly innocent things that really had me in trouble, and alternatively, had me stifling laughter when I heard certain phrases that are everyday expressions over there.

British readers should breeze through this quiz - but if you are from North America, how well do you know your British slang? Here are ten words and phrases to test your knowledge of colloquial speech, used frequently by our cousins across "the pond".

So, go ahead and find out whether you are "the bee's knees", or whether you will get "brassed off" after having completed this "crackin'" quiz!

Here's the Quiz!

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. If you are "plastered", you are:
    • Extremely cold
    • Extremely stiff
    • Extremely drunk
    • Extremely happy
    • Extremely muscular
  2. If the weather is "parky", it's:
    • Rather cold
    • Rather hot
    • Rather humid
    • Rather wet
    • Rather sunny
  3. If you are "off your trolley", you are:
    • Leaving your job
    • Getting a divorce
    • Moving house
    • Raving mad
    • Going on vacation
  4. If you are "going off for a gander", you are:
    • Getting married
    • Taking a look around
    • Cooking poultry
    • Going to the bathroom
    • Making a phone call
  5. A "khazi" is a:
    • Sink
    • Bath
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Towel
  6. If you have "a lotta bottle", you are said to have:
    • A large glassware collection
    • An infestation of flies
    • An arrogant attitude
    • No fear
    • Lots of children
  7. If something is "a doddle", it's:
    • Very easy
    • Very difficult
    • Very colorful
    • Very ugly
    • Very smelly
  8. If you are "really jammy", you are:
    • Really fed up
    • Really lucky
    • Really hungry
    • Really sweaty
    • Really sweet
  9. That movie was "total pants", so it was:
    • Awesome
    • Majorly bad
    • Really interesting
    • Terrifying
    • Boring
  10. If someone is "dishy", they:
    • Smell great
    • Have a beard
    • Are overweight
    • Are highly attractive
    • Are extremely boring

Answer Key

  1. Extremely drunk
  2. Rather cold
  3. Raving mad
  4. Taking a look around
  5. Toilet
  6. No fear
  7. Very easy
  8. Really lucky
  9. Majorly bad
  10. Are highly attractive

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 3 correct answers: You scored #%. Total pants!

If you got between 4 and 6 correct answers: You scored #%. Average!

If you got between 7 and 8 correct answers: You scored #%, so your result was not total pants, but rather wicked!

If you got 9 correct answers: You scored #%. You're either really jammy or know your Brit slang very well!

If you got 10 correct answers: You scored #%. This must have been a doddle for you!

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So, are you "chuffed" or really "gutted" at how you did?

How Did You Do With the Quiz? : Your Comments Are Welcomed

Niktravelfit on July 20, 2014:

Nice lens, although I failed pretty much.

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OUTFOXprevention1 on July 14, 2014:

Fun quiz. 50%

Naheed Ahsan on July 14, 2014:

i need to learn some more

Cecilia Karanja from Nairobi on July 10, 2014:

I scored 30%. But English is my third language. So, well...

Scindhia from Chennai on April 29, 2014:

I got only three. Better to stay away from UK I guess!!

Doc_Holliday on March 24, 2014:

I am chuffed to say that I aced it - and I am not a Brit :-) Of course, a bit of travel and meeting the locals helped.

Owen Barry on February 13, 2014:

10 out of 10. Pucka. Class.

Lynn Klobuchar on January 26, 2014:

Mildly amazed.

FandomWriter on January 22, 2014:

40% correct!

Oh my, and I was planning to move to UK! I see many embarrassing moments coming my way...XD

Giovanna from UK on January 17, 2014:

10 out of 10! But then again I am the United Kingdom Contributor on Squidoo!! Cor blimey wat are yer banging on about?

MarcellaCarlton on January 11, 2014:

I did very well, thank you. I am an Anglophile and do love everything British except for the cramped quarters.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on January 04, 2014:

I'm really ;gutted ah how I did :( I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year, JustBon-Crochet-Designs! Along with complete management of new home's (British) slangs.

kehsiberry on December 10, 2013:

I got 60% right.. hmm I can live now in UK eh?


Baddew Fibes on December 05, 2013:

I aced it and got 100%. But then I live in the UK, so I guess that's cheating a little bit! Well chuffed! :)

chrisilouwho on November 25, 2013:

half correct so I learned a lot, thanks!

marie-churchman on October 31, 2013:

I did sadly bad, but it was fun and I learned some things. Love a good quiz!

loopylooh on October 11, 2013:

I got 10 out of 10 but being british i suppose its cheatin :)

anonymous on August 14, 2013:

As a Brit, it's really interesting to know some of the phrases which will confuse people when I'm over in the States.

Ean Brandon from United States on August 05, 2013:

I nailed that quiz!

tammywilliams09 on July 15, 2013:

I got 6/10. I agree that to avoid getting into trouble one should learn the slang of the country that you are visiting. If you have friends or family from another country just ask them to teach you. Thanks for the quiz.

cgeertsc on July 08, 2013:

5 out of 10

cgeertsc on July 08, 2013:

5 out of 10

Debbie from England on June 21, 2013:

10/10 but then I would have been trollied if I hadn't!!!

Scott A McCray on June 10, 2013:

Gutted - need to study.

suepogson on May 31, 2013:

Chuffed - the quiz was the bees knees!

x10dit lm on May 27, 2013:

Chuffed. You should add some Black Country slang too... now that would be a challenge...

Mary Collings from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland on April 29, 2013:

Chuffed - but I must admit that I cheated. I'm English. Great quiz though - I use all of those phrases and I never considered them particularly English Slang but I guess they are! Fun Quiz - thank you :)

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on April 24, 2013:

I don't know

Jackie Jackson from Fort Lauderdale on March 13, 2013:

100%. Gobsmacked.

anonymous on February 24, 2013:

7/10 not too bad! Never heard of three of them which is weird considering am British! Maybe they aren't as commonly used in Scotland ....

John Tannahill from Somewhere in England on February 23, 2013:

I spanked it! 10/10. I'm pretty sure I've done this quiz before though.

anonymous on February 01, 2013:

Just made the one mistake..

anonymous on November 19, 2012:

3/10 but I'm Danish :P Or rather: was...

eightieschild on October 23, 2012:

10/10, although I can't remember the last time anyone I know here in Britain actually used the word "dishy"!

melissiaoliver on August 15, 2012:

10/10, but then I'm British so I would hope to do well!

OrlandoTipster on August 04, 2012:

you might say I'm over the moon

OrlandoTipster on August 04, 2012:

5/10 thx

Kevo1986 LM on August 02, 2012:

Im Scottish so that was fairly easy, 90%

JamesDWilson on July 31, 2012:

Walk in the park!

anonymous on July 28, 2012:

did pretty well.

Stanley Green from Czech Republic on July 27, 2012:

Man...not so good...gotta learn more :)

Thamisgith on July 18, 2012:

100% - chuffed to bits.

Timsmansmall on July 16, 2012:

Fun lens.

Expat Mamasita from Thailand on July 16, 2012:

100% but then I am a Brit!!

LouJon on July 15, 2012:

100%, I use most of that slang myself lol

anonymous on July 12, 2012:

Not so good!

John Tannahill from Somewhere in England on July 11, 2012:

I am the D's B's - 100%

chris1402 on July 11, 2012:

Made-up ! 100%

robertclarke on July 11, 2012:

70% i think i am quite chuffed with that

xriotdotbiz lm on July 03, 2012:

I was 6/10, but half of my six were guesses.

Sometimes watching British film or TV it takes awhile for my ears to get tuned in (like a Branagh Shakespeare film). I remember watching The Full Monty and I couldn't understand the first ten minutes or so. Eventually, something clicked and I could understand them perfectly. Of course, certain terms I had to pick-up by context. My favorite term I learned from that movie is quid for a British pound.

anonymous on June 15, 2012:

10/10 So chuffed I ran up the apples and pears (stairs) laid my head on the weeping willow (pillow) and went to bo peep (sleep) lol great lens

Sojourn on June 14, 2012:

I must be "gutted" but I might have gotten that wrong, too. ;) Love British slang but only know a few phrases. I have a friend from England who has to decode his emails to me periodically just so they make sense!

tmstrekkie on June 08, 2012:

chuffed 10/10 - but I am a Brit!

MaggiePowell on June 03, 2012:

not bad for a california girl... 8 for 10...

bossypants on June 03, 2012:

Didn't do as well as I'd hoped! Enjoyed the video and learned a lot!

sammyaddams lm on June 02, 2012:

10/10 but i am British, great quiz

kimbesa from USA on June 02, 2012:

I'm chuffed! Never lived there, just visited.

FallenAngel 483 on May 27, 2012:

Got them all. I am a Brit though!

Kara Hara on May 25, 2012:


GrowthSpark on May 17, 2012:

majorly chuffed, ta very much

lclchors on April 26, 2012:

could have done better

Oosquid on March 28, 2012:

At last a quiz that I did well on. Really enjoyed it, luvly jubly :0)

WilliamPower on March 02, 2012:

Nice lens!

halloweenprops on February 21, 2012:

This was fun

Ben Reed from Redcar on February 21, 2012:

10 out of 10 - Chuffed!

Just4Hair on February 20, 2012:

10 out of 10, not bad for a Brit. Cool lens some great slang words.

anonymous on February 14, 2012:

Only if you're "off your trolley" or "plastered" can you expect to score a perfect 10 on this quiz if you're not be a brit. I guess however if you're "really jammy" and have "a lotta bottle" this quiz could perhaps be quite "a doddle". My score however was "total pants"! Anyway I'm feeling rather "parky" right now and less than "dishy", so I think I'll be "going off for a gander" elsewhere... but first I need to visit the "khazi"! :)

Pangionedevelopers on February 14, 2012:

great quiz

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on February 12, 2012:

Only 60% for me. Several I'd never ever heard of! Fun quiz.

Joan Haines on February 12, 2012:

I had a 70%.

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on February 12, 2012:

I would have been worried if I had scored low on this one! But I managed to get 100% :-)

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on February 12, 2012:

Wow, 8 of 10--better than I expected. But I do confess to guessing on quite a few. That was fun.

Heather B on February 12, 2012:

Darn, I thought I'd do better, being British in origin and all! Better luck next time, I guess!

greenlungsofpoland on February 09, 2012:

100% i know my british slang at last a good score

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

I'm gutted that I didn't get a higher score! Watch a lot of British telly, so I hoped I knew at least half of this, but to be true to myself, I had to guess everything.

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

I'm gutted that I didn't get a higher score! Watch a lot of British telly, so I hoped I knew at least half of this, but to be true to myself, I had to guess everything.

tonyb65 on January 27, 2012:

Seriously chuffed, a great lens. How about some Cockney Rhyming slang. I just go and have a cup of Rosie and Pears then I shall go up the apples and pears.

Fantastic. I lived in Godalming and went to the Grammar School on Tuesley Lane

huvalbd on January 18, 2012:

After 5 years here, I'm gutted that I didn't score better. I have to swot up!

poppy mercer from London on January 10, 2012:

cor blimey!

anonymous on January 09, 2012:

good lens...........

E L Seaton from Virginia on January 01, 2012:

Nothing with the word quite in it? That's quite odd. Nicely done quizzler.

anonymous on December 18, 2011:

50%. And I'm afraid I guessed at most of the answers (blush). Enjoyed your lens!

anonymous on December 11, 2011:

I'm from London born and bred - only got 70%!

robertsugar lm on December 11, 2011:

Some of them I did not know. Thanks for improving my vocabulary.

Inkhand on December 08, 2011:

A blooming fun lens.

SimpleSocialSolution on December 08, 2011:

Great lens good questions aswell! x

PearlHowie on November 19, 2011:

Chuffed - am finding US questions a bit hard. P.S. It's not British English it's just English (we invented it ;)

boomerex on November 18, 2011:

Nice quiz, thanks!

aquarian_insight on October 31, 2011:

Yay 100%....ok, so I'm British, but I still had fun! Thank you

Jim Sterling from Franklin, Tennessee on October 17, 2011:

There's a lot of terms I've never heard. Thank you.

JoyfulReviewer on October 15, 2011:

Thanks for a fun and informative lens.

pixieish on October 14, 2011:

The quiz made me smile - Confusing non-Brits, exactly what the British do best!

SaintFrantic on October 10, 2011:

Thanks for improving our knowledge.

Gift_Bird on October 05, 2011:

I guess I'm average. Yeah!

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on October 03, 2011:

5 out of 10.....ooooops!

JoshK47 on October 02, 2011:

10/10! Extremely chuffed indeed!

NevermoreShirts on October 02, 2011:

6/10 - somewhat disappointing, considering how much British TV I watch (besides just Doctor Who. lol)

bhthanks on September 28, 2011:

1 out of 10, don't know british slang

adamfrench on September 23, 2011:

8 out of 10, hope for me yet

yayas on September 14, 2011:

Well, I dare not risk choosing, 'cause I only got 40% right. Sure as I say either word, it's bound to be the wrong one, so I think I'll stay safe an' figure it out later. I was quite s'prised by summa' the words, but it surely was fun to learn all the differences.

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