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(Updated on 11/12/2014)


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Flashcards :

 

Vocabulary :

  • Afghanistan's battlefield slang - 28 October 2014
    "Most wars can be identified by their own slang, and Afghanistan was no exception. As British combat operations come to an end, BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale and Thomas Martienssen pull together a short lexicon of words and abbreviations used during the conflict."

    ex.: "UGLY An Apache gunship helicopter - an obvious reference to its menacing appearance."
    (BBC)

  • 55 Most Commonly Used British and American Slang Words and Their Meanings
    (myenglishteacher.eu)

  • Slang - with examples (Slang dictionary)
    (aboutlanguageschools.com)

 

  • What's the more appropriate substitution for “give a f**k/d**n/s**t"?
    examples : "I don't give a flying fuck'
    Kurt Vonnegut used the phrase "Why don't you take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut." So it is an appropriate literary construct. 
    Or you could use the famous historical quote from General Sam Sturgis...
    "I don't care for John Pope one pinch of owl dung."

    (english.stackexchange.com)

    Suggestions :
    "what the fudge, what the heck, he's a frigging idiot, it's a darn shame, he's a bleeding fool, I don't give a flying fart, for fox sake..."

  • Teenage Slang Words by American, British and Australian Teens [Infographic]
    (myenglishteacher.eu)

  • Idioms and Slang words for Money with Examples from Hip Hop Songs
    (t.co)

  • British English: The Top 50 Most Beautiful British Insults
    "This list is not for the faint of heart and will feature some rather rude language. You’ve been warned!"
    (anglotopia.net)

  • kick the can down the road = to procrastinate.
    "Kicking the can down the road" has been a favorite metaphor politicians have used
    to describe someone who is postponing a decision or avoiding an issue.

    (onlineslangdictionary.com)

    Kicking the can - cartoons (cagle.com)

  • The term perp walk 
    "is an American slang term which refers to the police practice of intentionally parading an arrested suspect (or "perp", short for "perpetrator") through a public place so that the media may observe and record the event.
    The suspect is typically handcuffed or otherwise restrained, and is often dressed in prison garb...
    A perp walk can be used with intentional disregard for the privacy of a suspect for the purpose of bolstering the image of law enforcement or to humiliate a suspect. Perp walks are often done to politicians or businesspeople accused of white-collar crimes (whose reputations may be susceptible to damage by public spectacle)."
    (Wikipedia)
  • Hoodie: A hooded sweatshirt. ex: "My mom bought me a black hoodie at the GAP." - American slang
    (infosquares.com)

 

  • Don't be 404, know the tech slang
    "A study of new slang terms entering English finds that technology is driving and perpetuating them."
    (BBC)

  • A lolcat
    "is an image combining a photograph, most frequently a cat, with a humorous and idiosyncratic caption in (often) broken English—a dialect which is known as "lolspeak", or "kitteh" and parodies the poor grammar typically attributed to Internet slang. The name "lolcat" is a compound word of the phrase "LOL" and "cat". A synonym for "lolcat" is cat macro, since the images are a type of image macro. Lolcats are designed for photo sharing imageboards and other internet forums..."

    (Wikipedia)

 

  • Lipstick on a pig (urbandictionary.com)

    = "slang for when someone tries to dress something up, but is still that something. usually used on ugly broads, when they put on a skirt and some lipstick and well, they still look like the same digusting pig."
    "You put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig"



  • POLICE/LEGAL & CRIMINAL VOCABULARY
    - Words concerned with Court/Legal/Police Procedure (French-English)
    - Some phrases related to Court/Legal/Police Procedure (French-English)
    - Slang vocabulary describing the police in French
    - Slang vocabulary describing the police in English

    (french.bham.ac.uk)

 

 

  • Informal Contractions (No link)
    ex : "Whatcha gonna do?" / "Wanna beer?"

 

  • SlangSite.com is a dictionary of slang, webspeak, made up words, and colloquialisms. (slangsite.com)




  • L'Argot en V.O.
    ou "Comment apprendre les expressions idiomatiques de la langue de Shakespeare, Walt Whitman et U2" :
    Mots - Films - Chansons - Phonétique
    (perso.orange.fr/argot)

 

 

  • Learn the language of the street - what people say and the topics they like to talk about :
    Music - Health - Sport - Relationships - Food - Going out - Moods - Work - Texting - Money (BBC)
  • Dictionary of Slang - English slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom. (dictionaryofslang.co.uk)

 

  • Online Slang Dictionaries and Language Links (peevish.co.uk)
    British slang and dialect
    General English slang and comparative English/American language
    U.S. slang
    Australian slang
    New Zealand slang
    South African slang
    Foreign slang and languages
    Drug related slang
    'Black' slang and rap
    Gay/lesbian slang
    Crime and prison slang
    Other specialist slang sites
    Miscellaneous dictionaries and other language related resources
    Other links
    A Dictionary of Slang promotional banners


  • COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG (traditions-uk)
  • Everyday English and Slang in Ireland (irishslang.co.za)

  • Slang City
    "Check out this cool guide to American slang, including popular songs and movies, bad words, body parts, and a fortune teller."
    (usingenglish.com)

  • On-line Dictionary of Street Drug Slang - (avec moteur de recherche)
    "The Indiana Prevention Resource Center on-line dictionary contains more than 3,800 street drug slang terms from the Indiana Prevention Resource Center files, with more than 1,200 additions from the National Drug and Crime Clearinghouse slang term list." (drugs.indiana.edu)

  • Food words and phrases (BBC)
    "Learn the language of the street - what people say and the topics they like to talk about."
  • Offensive to females :
    "There are many names in the English language that exclude or are offensive to females.
    Take a look at this list of
    exclusionary words and their alternatives."
    (kids.infoplease.com)

 

 

Facts :

  • Britain's centuries - old secret - 3 November 2016
    "Susie Dent is one of the UK’s best-known word experts. In her new book she explores the fascinating alien codes and colourful slang spoken for centuries."

    (BBC)

  • Why do Brits and Americans swear so differently?
    "They may share a language, but Brits and Americans swear like strangers.
    A new book explores the risks of transatlantic banter – and the classic curse that always translates."

    Warning: This article contains very strong language that may offend some readers.
    (BBC)

  • 10 slang phrases that perfectly sum up their era
    "Lexicographer Jonathon Green selects the slang words and expressions that encapsulate the age in which they were coined."

    (BBC)

  • The joy of slang - 26 October 2013
    "Slang such as ain't, innit and coz has been banned from a school in south London.
    Author Charles Nevin celebrates modern slang and revisits phrases that have fallen out of fashion. Cor lummy!"

    (BBC)

  • London School Bans Slang Words : VOCABULARY + COMMENT + SLANG RESOURCES + Related articles
    (englishblog.com)

 

 

  • The term perp walk 
    "is an American slang term which refers to the police practice of intentionally parading an arrested suspect (or "perp", short for "perpetrator") through a public place so that the media may observe and record the event.
    The suspect is typically handcuffed or otherwise restrained, and is often dressed in prison garb."
    (Wikipedia)
  • Say what? A parents' guide to UK teenage slang
    "Many phrases were used universally - for example LOL (Laugh Out Loud)
    - and for that you can probably blame rap music, text messaging, Facebook and popular TV programmes like Skins and Hollyoaks.
    But there were also wild variations, such as with the word for an attractive or beautiful girl..."
    + a VIDEO

    (BBC)

 

Listening :

 

  • American Slang - I. Pre-Listening Exercises II. Listening Exercises III. Post-Listening Exercises.
    (esl-lab.com)
  • Idem (long conversation)
    (esl-lab.com)

 

INTERACTIVE activities :

  • The Dialectizer - (rinkworks.com)
    "Convert English text to any of several comic dialects." :
    Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, Pig Latin, or Hacker




 

Lesson plans :


Games TO PRINT :

 

 

Songs :

  • Slang City -
    "Check out this cool guide to American slang, including popular songs and movies, bad words, body parts, and a fortune teller."
    (usingenglish.com)
  • L'Argot en V.O.
    ou "Comment apprendre les expressions idiomatiques de la langue de Shakespeare, Walt Whitman et U2" :
    Mots - Films - Chansons - Phonétique
    (perso.orange.fr/argot)

 

Films :

  • Slang City -
    "Check out this cool guide to American slang, including popular songs and movies, bad words, body parts, and a fortune teller."
    (usingenglish.com)
  • L'Argot en V.O.
    ou "Comment apprendre les expressions idiomatiques de la langue de Shakespeare, Walt Whitman et U2" :
    Mots - Films - Chansons - Phonétique
    (perso.orange.fr/argot)

 

Videos :

 

 

 

  • Street Speak: Selfie - a video - published 06/05/2014
    "This series introduces words that people use in everyday conversation."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • Hugh Laurie: the British accent vs the American
    "The fantastically talented Hugh Laurie paid a house call to Ellen, and they played an exciting game of American slang versus English slang
    - and the game was bloody brilliant!"
    (YouTube)

 

 

Symphony in Slang
"It tells the story of a man John Brown (voice) who finds himself at the Pearly Gates explaining his life story to a bewildered Saint Peter
and Noah Webster using contemporary slang..."

(Wikipedia)

Symphony In Slang - an analysis
(wardomatic.blogspot.com)

 

 

 

Cartoons :

   

 

Kicking the can - cartoons
(cagle.com)

 

 

Sheet!
(cagle.com)

 

Daddy's on the box
(cartoonstock.com)


I said "Christmas".
(mcadams.posc.mu.edu)