Word Ways


The wit and wisdom of the common people are preserved in slang words and phrases which can sometimes be a little baffling or require insider knowledge, as when a Cockney says, "I wouldn't like to be a pawnbroker's sign on a night like this." (A really cold night can "freeze the balls off a brass monkey," and a pawnbroker's sign has, of course, not two but three balls.) Less crude and less complicated, but as amusing perhaps, are the following words and expressions from British slang. How many can you decipher? The best of British luck to you!