Sometimes because people laugh at me when I use them, and sometimes because people look at me blankly, and sometimes because over the years I've just stopped using them because no one else around me does. So thankful for Anglophenia, the Facebook site that posts a word of the day - remembering some of them at last.
  1. Pants!
    This used to be my favourite exclamation - somewhere between "oh dear" and "damn it!". Also can be used as an adjective - it is totally pants that you have to work this weekend. I was trying to remember what I used to say instead of "that sucks" - turns out, it's this.
  2. Clever clogs
    = smart ass, but with more alliteration and less unnecessary reference to body parts.
  3. Snog
    I miss this word so much. (Not just the word, but that's another story...) see also: random snog
  4. Swings and roundabouts
    Never realised how much I said this until I moved here. I explained it means six of one and half a dozen of the other, and this didn't seem to help. Nearest I can get is "you win some, you lose some".
  5. I'm just going to pop to the loo
    I've been running to the bathroom instead of popping to the loo for years now.
  6. I'm gutted.
    I'm sad and upset by something, as if I'd been punched in the gut.
  7. "Well", used adverbially
    As in, that's well wicked. (Then again, it's not 1993 anymore, so...)
  8. Fit
    As in, that bloke is well fit! (=super hot)
  9. Mouthful
    Recently discovered that Americans get confused if you say this instead of "bite".
  10. Cheeky
    This is SUCH a great word, and there's no equivalent, and I often need it so badly. I'm sad about this one.
  11. Talent
    As in, let's go and scope out the local talent, i.e. see if there are any fit blokes.
  12. You lot
    British alternative to y'all, you guys or you people
  13. Mucking about/faffing around
    Doing stuff but not really getting anything done; playing around
  14. Bog standard
    Regular, standard issue, basic (though not in that trendy way you young folk are using "basic", whatever that is)
  15. Chat up/chat up line
    Pick up/pick up line
  16. Chemist
    I didn't even noticed I'd stopped saying this instead of pharmacist or CVS.
  17. Naff
    = pants, a bit rubbish. Often cheesy.
  18. Put the kettle on
    Set the water to boil in these new fangled electric kettles we've had for a few decades... (Note: they switch themselves off by themselves when they reach boiling point and it's important for the tea not to switch them off before this!)
  19. Afters
    Dessert, as in what you have after your main meal. What are we having for afters?
  20. Swot
    Someone who works really hard at school and is quite possibly a bit of a teacher's pet.
  21. Oi!
    Not to be confused with "oy", and it probably would be, so I just go with "hey" instead
  22. Half ten
    Apparently without the word "past" this is incomprehensible...
  23. Wellies
    It's a fun word to say, isn't it? It's short for Wellington boots, ie rain boots.
  24. On the dole
  25. Good job
    I'm reclaiming this one. American good job = British well done. British good job = "it's just as well that..." - eg it's a good job we chatted up those fit blokes because we got a well good snog out of them.
  26. Crackers
    Absolutely crazy, bonkers
  27. Kit
    Clothes. As in, get your kit off! Don't think I've ever heard anyone say, put your kit on!
  28. Bunk off
    Skip class
  29. A&E
    Accident and Emergency, aka Casualty, aka the ER.
  30. Swimming costume
    I got laughed at so much for this one that I think really hard now before I say swimsuit.
  31. I'm skint
    I have no dosh. No money.
  32. Minging
  33. Chuffed
    Thanks for the reminder, @akirka! Chuffed means really delighted and pleased and sometimes a bit proud. As in, I'm well chuffed you lot like this list so much.