20 British insults Americans and Europeans won’t understand

If you visit Britain, you may hear some insults that you have probably never heard before. In the UK we have many, many, many words for an idiot that range in severity. We also have an unhealthy number of words to describe a ‘loose woman’.

  1. muppet

    Noun. An idiotic, gullible or inept person. From Jim Henson’s, TV show ‘The Muppets’. Often used in a jocular manner as ‘banter’.

  2. minger

    Noun. An unattractive or smelly individual. An ugly person. You may also hear the variant ‘munter’.

  3. slapper

    Noun. A sexually promiscuous or woman of low morals. Interchangeable with the word ‘slag’.

  4. knobber

    Noun. A contemptible or idiotic person, mainly direct towards men for obvious reasons. Also spelt ‘nobber’.

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zoot

Noun. A joint. A marijuana/cannabis cigarette.

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zit

Noun. A spot, pimple or boil on the skin, especially the face.

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Usage Example:

Joe: “Holy crap, looks at those zits!”
Me: “He needs to get some jollop and sort that out.”

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zonked (out)

Adjective. Tired or worn out through over exertion. Also intoxicated to the point of passing out.


Usage Example:

Me: “Are you alright, dude?”
Joe: “Nah, I was up at 5, I’m totally zonked out.”

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Z’s

Noun. To sleep or nap. An Americanism, pronounced ‘zeds’.

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Usage Example:

Me: “Shall we watch one more episode?”
Joe: “Nah, I’m going to catch some Z’s”

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zapper

Noun. A remote control for a device, usually a Television.  A term mainly used by older people, who only know how to scroll through channels and turn the volume up to neighbour deafening levels.


Usage Example:

Joe: “Have you got the tv zapper?”
Me: “Here, but I’m warning you, if you put Countdown on, I’ll take your teeth away!”

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zilch

Noun. Nothing, an Americanism for zero. Mainly used be people trying to poorly imitate an American accent for piss poor comedic effect.


Usage Example:

Joe: “Sorry buddy, I’ve got zilch, yeehaw!”
Me: “Why do you talk like a cowboy when you’re from Barnsley?”

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zeppelins

Noun. Women’s breasts, usually of a large size. Probably a truncation of the phrase ‘like a dead heat in a Zeppelin race’.


Usage Example:

Me: “Check out the the jugosaurus!”
Joe: “Blimey, they’re like two zeppelins!”

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zip it

Verb. Stop talking now. A supposedly less harsh version of ‘shut up’.

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Usage Example:

Me: “Christ on a trike, that bloke’s got verbal diarrhoea.”
Joe: “He needs to zip it, he’s getting right on my wick.”

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yuck (!)

Noun. A thing that is vile or distasteful.

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