About the Author
Table of Contents
Why write a book on 'Real English'?
What's Wrong With Our Spoken English?
1 A bit much
2 Been there, done that
4 Have a chat
6 Chuck it/bin it/ditch it
9 Fags (n); Booze (n)
10 Fancy doing something / Fancy something / someone
11 Get it
12 Have a go / It's somebody's go
13 A good job
14 Grab some lunch /snack / have a bite to eat
15 To be honest / Honestly!
17 Kind of/sort of
19 Leg it
21 Go to the loo / desperate for the loo / desperate for a pee (mildly rude)
22 No problem / no worries
26 Rock and roll!
27 Sorted / sort something out / get sorted
28 That'll do
30 We'll see, won't we (Q tag)
32 What have you / what not
33 What're you up to? What's up with you? How's it going? (Q)
34 All over the place / shop
35 At the end of the day
36 Bang on about something
37 Chill out
38 Close shave
39 Crack someone up
40 Crack on
41 Crank it up
42 A dead loss
43 Dive in
44 Fair enough
45 Fingers crossed
46 Fire away/Shoot
47 Go haywire
48 Go out with somebody
49 Go with the flow
50 A good / bad call
51 Have a lot of / no time for something / somebody
52 Have too much on someone's plate
53 It's a long shot
54 Lose the plot
55 Mess around / phaff / goof / muck around
56 Off the top of somebody's head
57 On the trot
58 Pull it off
59 Put foot in it
60 Ring a bell
61 Rip off
62 Screw something up / mess up / botch up / cock up
63 Skive off
64 Suss something / somebody out
65 That's life
66 Up somebody's street
67 Cheesed off / hacked off / peeved / bummed
68 Chuffed to bits / thrilled to bits
69 Crap (n) / crappy
73 Do somebody's head in
75 Can/can't hack it
77 A pain
78 Poorly (adj) / out of sorts / under the weather (adj phr) / run down (phr v)
79 Absolutely! / Of course! / Sure!
80 Brilliant! / Smashing! / Excellent! / Lovely! / Awesome! / Beautiful!
81 Sick! / appalling! / dreadful! / awful! / annoying! / a nightmare!
82 Crud! / Gross!
83 Flipping heck! (mildly rude) / Bloody hell! (rude)
84 For crying out loud!
85 Give me a break!
86 Have had it!
87 Not give a monkey's!
88 Oh my gosh! / god! / golly!
89 What on earth?! / What the heck?! / What the hell?!
90 Ask for it
91 Bonkers / mental / (stark) raving mad / barmy (adj) / a basket case / a moron / a nutter (n)
92 A fibber (n) / tell fibs (v)
93 Give somebody an earful / give somebody a piece of one's mind
94 Give somebody the two fingers / give somebody a bollocking
95 A wanker / a jerk / a twat / a loser / a bastard (n)
96 Cringe Cringe!
97 Nice one! / That was clever!
98 Over the top, OTT
99 Take the mickey (To take the mick)
The Way Forward – English as a Global Language
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