The butter LONDON Dictionary
Aston | ˈastən |
As in Aston-Martin, the British super car made famous by James Bond in the 1964 film ‘Goldfinger’.
All Hail The Queen | all heyl the kween |
All Hail is used as an acclamation or welcome, as in "All Hail this gorgeous lacquer".
Artful Dodger | ahrt-fuh l doj-er |
The beloved Cockney pickpocket in Oliver Twist was known as "The Artful Dodger".
Big Smoke | big smōk |
The big smoke, an affectionate name for the city of London, due to heavy smog caused by Victorian chimney stacks and trains.
Blagger | blæɡ- er |
A person with a silver tongue; a charlatan
Blowing Raspberries | bloh-ing raz-ber-ee |
This term refers to the noise made when sticking ones tongue out and blowing, usually as a rude gesture to another person.
Bluey | bloo-e |
Vintage slang for a pornographic film. Ah, the good 'ol days.
Branwen’s Feather | bronwens ˈfeðər |
Branwen is a female raven belonging to the Queen of England. She currently resides at the Tower of London.
British Racing Green | brit-ish reys-ing green |
The international motor racing colour of Great Britain, this green used to be the standard paint colour on all Formula One racing cars in the days before sponsorship.
Bumster | buhm-ster |
British reference to ones "booty" or butt.
Chancer | ˈch ans(ə)r |
Brit slang for someone who is sleazy and fake, or tries to pick up women who are out of his league.
Cheeky Chops | chee-kee chops |
A term of endearments for someone who is saying things that are a bit naughty (usually a child).
Chimney Sweep | ˈ ch imnē swēp |
Chimney sweeps were often depicted in Victorian literature as heartless, abusive scoundrels.
Come to Bed Red | kəm toō bed red |
The sexiest red in history, by butter LONDON.
Dahling | ˈdä li ng |
Term of affection used between fashionistas.
Diamond Geezer | ˈdī(ə)mənd ˈgēzər |
A “diamond geezer” is what the Cockneys call a kind, helpful and reliable man; A gem of a man.
Disco Biscuit | ˈdiskō ˈbiskit |
A club term from the rave days of the early 90’s for a tablet of Ecstasy.
Dosh | dɒʃ |
Dosh is Brit slang for money or cash. “Can I have a bit of dosh, love? I fancy a kebab.”
Fash Pack | ˈfash pak |
Any group of British women who are truly slaves to fashion, or work for one of the top UK fashion magazines.
Frilly Knickers | ˈfrilē ˈnikərz |
A pair of ladies underpants adorned with ruffles.
Hen Party | hen ˈpärtē |
A British bachelorette party.
Henley Regatta | ˈhenlē riˈgatə |
A rowing race held every year on the river Thames, used primarily as an excuse for very rich Brits to get smashed on the riverbanks.
Hoorah Henri | hoō-ˈrä |
A posh young man, usually loud-spoken, narcissistic, and terribly, terribly English.
HRH | H-R-H |
The abbreviation for “Her Royal Highness”, (or Queen Liz).
Jaffa | ˈjäfə |
A type of seedless orange. Also Brit slang for an infertile man.
Knackered | nak-erd |
To be tired or exhausted. “Wow, you look knackered. What did you get up to last night?!”
Knees Up | nees uhp |
Brit slang for a drunken party.
La Moss | lä môs |
Adding the prefix “La” to anyone’s name implies that they are a diva. A Fashionista’s nickname for England’s most famous model.
Lady Muck | ley-dee muhk |
A derogatory term for an arrogant, conceited woman. A snob.
Macbeth | məkˈbeθ |
King of Scotland 1040–57. Also a play by William Shakespeare about the dangers of the lust for power and betrayal of friends. (Just like Keifer in ‘24’)
Marrow | mar-oh |
Hand mixed for the Vena Cava designers, who named it after the dark purple, rusty center of a bone.
Minger | ming-er |
British street slang for an ugly person. “Did you see that face? What a minger!”
Muggins | muhg-inz |
A fool or idiot (an especially ironic way of referring to oneself).
No More Waity, Katie | noh mohr weyt key-tee |
One day my prince will come and I will wrap him around my tiny, sparkling finger.
Old Blighty | ōld ˈblītē |
An informal and typically affectionate term for Britain, chiefly used by soldiers in World War I, and World War II.
Pearly Queen | pur-lee kween |
A Pearly Queen is a woman dressed in a traditional Cockney costume covered in mother-of-pearl buttons.
Pillar Box Red | ˈpilər bäks red |
Large, cylindrical public mailboxes only seen in Britain, which are always painted a specific shade of red.
Pink Ribbon | ping k ˈribən |
A modern icon that symbolizes breast cancer awareness.
Primrose Hill Picnic | ˈprimˌrōz hil ˈpikˌnik |
Primrose Hill is a famous park in North West London frequented by rock stars, yummy mummies, actors, and paparazzi.
Queen Vic | kwēn vik |
Beloved monarch, responsible for many of London’s most beautiful landmarks. (Also the name of about 3,000 English pubs).
Rosie Lee | roh-zee lee |
Cockney Rhyming slang for a cup of tea. “Put the kettle on Love, I fancy a Rosie Lee.”
Royal Navy | ˈroiəl ney-vee |
The Royal Navy is the oldest of the British armed services and played a key part in establishing the British Empire.
Saucy Jack | ˈsôsē jak |
Nickname for Jack the Ripper, as coined in the legendary film, ‘This Is Spinal Tap’.
Scoundrel | skoun-druh l |
An unprincipled, dishonorable person, villain, or scamp. Your ex-boyfriend, your builder, and your boss rolled into one.
Slapper | slap- er |
Brit-speak for ”slut”.
Snog | sn-og |
To kiss passionately or "make out".
Tea with the Queen | tē wiθðə kwēn |
A highly prestigious invitation extended to important and boring members of the British public.
Thames | temz |
The often mispronounced river that runs through London. It’s “Tims”, you crazy Yanks!
The Full Monty | ðē foŏl ˈmäntē |
British slang for being naked.
The Old Bill | ðē old bill |
Brit slang for the police, also known as "coppers"
Toff | tof |
A slightly derogatory name for a member of the British upper class.
Tramp Stamp | tramp stamp |
A tattoo on the small of a woman’s back, whose presence signifies that she is “easy”.
Trout Pout | trout - pout |
Cruel slang for a woman who has “overdone” the collagen in her lips, leaving her with a rather fishy face.
Union Jack Black | ˈyoōnyən jak blak |
The Union Jack is the name for the United Kingdom’s flag.
Victoriana | vik-tawr-ee-an-uh |
Things reminiscent of the Victorian era, such as corsets, top hats and Syphilis.
Wallis | wol-is |
In honour of the Saucy Yank who ran away with the king's heart.
West End Wonderland | west end ˈwəndərˌland |
London’s answer to “Broadway” in NYC, where hopeful starlets alight from buses and straight into strip clubs.
Yummy Mummy | ˈyəmē ˈməmē |
Brit slang for impossibly slim, beautiful, “stay-at-home mums”.