• how's tricks?
    regional variation on "how are things?"
  • fart
    break wind, release gas from the anus
  • kiss someone's arse
    flatter, attempt to win favour (also: suck up to, brownnose)
  • yard
    one's own place, home
  • sweet!
    cool, great
  • peeps
  • munchies
    craving for tasty food/snacks after smoking cannabis
  • rough it
    sleep outside, without amenities, tolerate harsh conditions
  • knock out
    manufacture, produce, make, sell
  • pain in the neck
    nuisance, trouble, annoyance (also: pain in the arse)
  • kiddo
    form of address to a younger person (also: boy-o, our kid)
  • pair
    breasts (also: tits, boobs, baps, buns, jugs)
  • ponce
    arrogant man, effeminate male, someone you dislike
  • gaylord
    insulting term for a male homosexual
  • frog
    derogatory term for a French person
  • hole in the wall
    cashpoint, cash machine, ATM
  • pot-head
    regular smoker of cannabis
  • placky bag
    plastic bag (for shopping)
  • elbow grease
    hard manual labour, physical effort
  • crabby
    moody, bad-tempered
  • in a bit
    regional variation on "see you!" (also: inabit, later)
  • nipper
    kid, baby
  • easy
    gives sex willingly and with little encouragement (also: loose)
  • kick the bucket
    die, pass away (also: pop one's clogs)
  • mardy
    moody, fussy, bad-tempered, moaning (also: mardy arse)
  • leg it
    run away, escape on foot
  • naff
    kitsch, uncool, in bad taste
  • acid
    LSD (drug)
  • smoothie
    cool/stylish man, able to chat-up and attract women
  • fit
    good-looking, sexy, with a nice figure

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  • Culture

    June 19, 2013

    Britain vs Russia: Gay Marriage On Wednesday 5th June, Britain’s upper parliament (the House of Lords) passed a historic piece of legislation allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in Great Britain. The legislation also provides gay and lesbian couples with the same legal rights as heterosexual married couples. For the gay community and in particular for gay rights campaigners the new legislation is a great triumph that...
  • Culture

    June 3, 2013

    The American Food Experiment Americans seem to be given food in an experimental fashion, judging from the terrible obesity that afflicts half the population. It can’t be because they are sitting around and riding in cars because...
  • Culture

    May 2, 2013

    Britain vs Russia: Privatisation With the death of Margaret Thatcher, many in the UK have begun to question her legacy and ask how her time in office has affected the British mentality and way of life today. Are we greedier and more...
  • Culture

    April 5, 2013

    In-laws and Outlaws “Out damned spot,” said Lady Macbeth, and it could have been your Russian mother-in-law too. Packing the son-in-law off to America with a trunk (or in a trunk) needs to be done at least twice a...
  • Culture

    March 27, 2013

    The American Dream Fallacy I have a flight to Russia next month, with every intention to stay, as long as I can make ends meet. To every Russian and most Americans, this probably sounds ludicrous and incomprehensible. Most...
  • Culture

    March 17, 2013

    “What Women Want” or “The Diary of a Madman” After ten years of living in Russia and working as a teacher and tutor of the English language, I have found that most Russian women in my classroom want something other than just to learn English....
  • Culture

    February 23, 2013

    Peering Through the Iron Curtain In hindsight it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of my fascination – somewhere between curiosity and captivation – for everything Russian. I must say there was never a light bulb moment...
  • Culture

    February 23, 2013

    Back Home in England After spending a year away in Russia, I’m now back home in England – my green and pleasant homeland. It’s great to be back home for all the obvious reasons, such as: seeing family and friends, going...
  • Interviews

    February 15, 2013

    Cole Davis Interview I met Cole at an English language summer school in a little town called Berdsk, near Novosibirsk in Siberia. In fact, I stayed on his balcony; contrary to myth, Siberia gets very hot in the summer....
  • Culture

    February 11, 2013

    Holy Ascension I wonder what the shapka-wearing Russians were thinking when they rowed their boats to shore in Unalaska, Alaska almost two centuries ago. Perhaps they were breathless from the majestic volcanoes...
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