The English language is the universal language, there is no denying that. Well, at least if you are a pragmatic person. There will always be people who would assert that English is not THAT widely spoken. For the sake of this discussion, though, I would like to consider the English language as being used so widely that it would be ok to consider it as a universal language.

We all know the existence of a dichotomy when it comes to the American version of the language and the British version of the language. Let us dub them US English and British English. The discussion about this dichotomy has long been in existence and people far more experienced in this field than I have had their say. I just thought that it would be interesting to share something that I read from the Times Online. In it, the author strongly presents his views on how US English is quickly permeating the world of British English – and he is NOT liking this one bit.

The assertion is that the British should make a decision to disallow the influx of these Americanisms. He writes:

I would like Britain to decide to stop allowing US English to permeate, pervade and pollute British English. (I am acutely aware that the term “British English” has more than a little of the oxymoron about it.)

I believe in the frank and fair exchange of ideas, philosophy and words. When the US takes of some our new language on board I’d be a great deal more relaxed about the transplanting of US English into our way of life. The newly elected leader of America, and consequently the Free World, has oft spoken about change. If he is willing to say “Yes We Can” to change, then perhaps he will say “Yes We Can” to US English changing to adopt the odd British English word. Even he might concede that that would be a jolly good show.

I suppose his idea suggestion is fair enough, don’t you think?

Practically the entire world is aware that English is known to be the primary and perhaps universal dialect and language known worldwide. This can be traced to the influence created by the British Empire. It is usually a known second language to other countries who have their own primary language such as China and France. With the influence of its widespread familiarity, the English language has bee known to be one of the easier, if not better used means of establishing communication and ties today.

The Universal Language

All over the world, English is known to be a requirement. Being familiar with the universal language is an important tool especially in professions. This can be attributed to the fact that people will always resort to English if people coming from different countries are different from one another. This way, areas such as business and social interactions can be at a stand-off, meaning that people can communicate freely and understandably.

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As promised, here is another installment of our light hearted look at English Slang.

When a word is indicated by a ‘*’ it means that it is not in common usage nowadays in England, but once was.

Oftentimes, slang comes around in phases so one word might not be used now but in future it may be.

This often depends on popular media such as movies and newspapers who have been responsible for the use of mane slang phrases over the years.

The first word is the slang word, then the proper English word closest to it, followed by an example of how to use it.

Airy-fairy – lacking in strength, weak. ‘Don’t give me that airy-fairy excuse! Hand your homework in on time! ‘

Aggro – Aggressive behaviour, troublemaking. ‘Don’t be so aggro, we can work this out.’

Airhead – A silly person, someone who doesn’t think well. ‘Why did she get that question wrong? She is such an airhead! ‘

Alky / alkie – An alcoholic . ‘My uncle is such an old alky – he never stops drinking!’

Ace! – Brilliant, really good. ‘This food is ace!’

Action man – someone who does alot of macho things, someone trying to be tough. ‘Peter is a real action man, look at him trying to impress the ladies. ‘

All-nighter – an event which takes place all night or at least for longer than most events of the same type. . ‘Are you going to the club tonight? I fancy doing an all-nighter ‘

All to pot – messed up, everything went wrong. ‘The trip was ace until I broke my leg, and then it all went to pot. ‘

Ankle-biters – young children, babies . ‘What a cute little ankle-biter he is!’

(going) Apeshit – angry, being very aggressive, violent. ‘Someone told Jon he was fat, so Jon went apeshit and punched him on the nose!’

Learning English is a difficult task – we fully sympathise with you if you are trying to do it!

Most English people do not know the full range and function of the English language – using it is as natural to them as breathing!

One all too common complaint made by people attempting to learn English is that there are too many slang words and other types of word that cannot be understood or even found in the dictionary.

Without further ado then, here is our first in what will be a series of English Slang blogs and articles.

The first word is the slang word, then the proper English word closest to it, followed by an example of how to use it.

- Botched messed up, made worse. ‘He made a botched job of repairing the door – he completely botched it up’.- Bloke – man. ‘Jon is a great bloke.’

– Bottle – fortitude, courage. ‘Do you have the bottle to tell her you like her?

– Chucking it down – heavy or annoying rain. ‘Oh no! It’s chucking it down outside and I have to walk home!’

– Chuffed – pleased, happy, proud. ‘I feel chuffed to have passed my exam’

– Cheesed Off – annoyed, fed up, angry. ‘She was so cheesed off when she found out I had eaten all her chocolate!’

- Daft – a little crazy, stupid. ‘Sine is daft, she just ate her pencil’- Dosh – money. ‘Can you lend me some dosh mate?’

– Gobsmacked – very surprised, astounded. ‘When she told me I was fired I was gobsmacked.’

– Gutted – Unhappily surprised, negatively affected. ‘I feel so gutted to have lost the fight – I thought I was going to win.’

More soon..!