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Slang 101, Part 2:

Last week, we introduced some of the more subterranean slang that crawls its way along the mossy gutters of British culture. Here’s your second dose, courtesy of, a British slang repository. And again, watch this space in the future for more words and phrases that will have you fitting in faster than a pint glass in a pub.

Collywobbles: noun; a feeling of nervousness or discomfort in the stomach.

Doris: noun; a wife or girlfriend, i.e. “I’m taking my doris out for dinner and a movie.”

Duffer: noun; an inefficient or stupid person, i.e., “I can’t believe you gave that old duffer your phone number!”

Face-ache: noun; mildly offensive term for a miserable-looking person.

Flash-the-ash: verb phrase; to offer a cigarette.

Garyboy: noun; a male who drives a sporty car with a souped-up engine, also known as a “boy-racer.”

Gooseberry: noun; the third wheel to a couple that is dating, from the informal expression “playing gooseberry.” i.e., “If you two are going to spend the night kissing and cuddling on the sofa and making me feel like a gooseberry, I’m going to the pub.”

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