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- Hello, everyone!
And welcome back to English With Lucy.
I have a cold in,
oh my god, it's September!
I thought it was August.
Okay, I have a cold in
September, which actually

isn't that bad, but I am suffering,
so if my voice sounds strange
or extra sexy,
then you know why.
I sound like a smoker.
You know why.
Yeah, I've got a really bad cold,
but I'm here and I'm ready
to do the lesson with you.

So I thought my voice sounds wintery,
so I tried to make
myself look all summery,

ready for the summer that
I didn't have this year.

Today I thought I would
do a video about some

British slang phrases,
expressions, and idioms.

So today I'm going to give
you a lovely long list

of phrases that I've thought of recently.
And I'm gonna give you some examples
and I'm gonna make sure that you really
understand them so that you can use them
in your daily life as well.
Some of them are going
to be quite informal,

so you might not want to
use them in English exams,

but if you're visiting the UK or America,
I focus on British English here,
but many of these are relevant
for American English as well.

I'm just gonna call them
British English expressions

to make sure that anyone
who wants to learn

British English knows that
this video will help them.

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Now, the first phrase is
something that I might have

mentioned in a previous
video, but I feel like

it's really important,
and extra important,

because yesterday I met with friend
and she told me a really funny anecdote.
So the phrase is "to be knackered."
Now, this is informal.
It could be considered slightly rude,
so be careful where you use it,
not in professional or
educational situations,

but maybe around friends
and perhaps family.

To be knackered means you're
exhausted or really tired,

and this is a phrase
that I use all the time.

Oh my god, I am knackered.
I am exhausted.
The reason that I wanted to mention it
is because a friend was talking to me.
I think she went on a date or something
with an Italian guy, and
he said to her after work,

"Oh my god, I am absolutely naked."
And naked obviously means
you have no clothes on,

so I just want to reiterate the fact that
the pronunciation of knackered
is really important.
You don't want to go telling
people you're absolutely naked.

You want to be knackered.
I thought that was so funny and she said
she did correct him very
nicely, so good on her.

Okay, the next phrase is "to be skint."
If you are skint, you are in
a poor financial situation.

You have no money or nearly no money.
So if someone says,
"Do you want to go to the cinema tonight?"
Then I'd say, "I can't, sorry.
"I'm absolutely skint."
It means I can't afford it.
I'm in a really difficult
financial situation

and oh my god, I had to use
that phrase so frequently

when I was at university.
I had no money.
Being a student in London
is really expensive

and quite a challenge actually.
But it did inspire me to work very hard
so that I could be financially stable
one day in the future.
Very colloquial.
Not rude, but it's a slang
word, and it would be

really impressive if you can
use that around British people.

On the other hand, number
three, "to be quids in."

Now, quid is a slang term for a pound.
One quid, one pound.
Two quid, two pounds.
Ten quid, a tenner, ten pounds.
A tenner, or a fiver, is
more money slang for you.

But if you are quids in, it means you are
suddenly in a good financial situation.
So maybe you placed a bet at the weekend
and you won and now you are quids in.
You've suddenly got lots of money.
So it's normally used
to congratulate people.

So if somebody wins a competition
and they win 100 pounds,

I say, "Wow, you're quids in, well done."
The next one is "to be pants."
So I would say maybe,
"Oh, that's pants. (groans)
"The show was pants."
Now, in American English,
pants means trousers.

But in British English,
pants means underwear.

I have a video about the differences
between American and British English.
You can look at it up here.
That's the watch I lost.
Hopefully next hour it will do
that again so I can find it.

Yeah, so if we say something is underwear,
when I say underwear,
I mean like male underwear.
I mean like boxers or
briefs, normally male,

but sometimes female,
bottom half underwear.

So if I'm saying something is pants,
it means it's rubbish.
Really bad.
So it's quite a good way of saying that
you didn't like something,
in a kind of jovial sort of way.
It's not very harsh, but then again,
if somebody called my videos pants,
I would be a bit upset.
Because a lot of work goes into them.
I don't expect everyone to like my videos,
but at least appreciate the effort.
Yeah, so it's not so modern.
It has been used for many years.
So don't expect to be
all down with the kids,

to be down with the kids
is to be young and modern,

by using to be pants,
but it's a good phrase

that you will hear fairly
frequently in the UK.

Now, the next one is
actually a phrasal verb,

but it's a slang phrasal
verb, so if you didn't think

that phrasal verbs could
get any worse, they can.

We have slang phrasal verbs.
And this phrasal verb is "to swear down."
If I say,
"I swear down, I did not
eat your last pizza slice,"

I'm saying, "I swear on
my heart, I promise you

"on my dog's life, that
I did not do that."

Okay, so it's basically a longer way
of saying I swear.
I swear to you. I swear down.
The next phrase is "to get
one's knickers in a twist."

So if I say to somebody,
"Don't get your knickers in a twist."
It's normally aimed at females.
It means don't get flustered.
Don't get agitated.
Something that happens to all
of us, I can't find my phone.

Oh, I just pulled one of my own hairs.
I can't find my phone and I need to leave
and I'm getting in a flap.
I'm getting flustered,
agitated, I'm fussing.

My boyfriend might say to me,
"Don't get your knickers in a twist, Lucy.
"Just calm down, and look for it."
I think the Americans might say,
"Don't get your panties in a bunch,"
but I'm not sure.
Is there any Americans watching this?
Can you confirm that for me?
I've seen it online, I have researched it.
But I've never heard an American say it.
So this is normally said to females
because obviously we wear knickers,
but when it's said to males, it can be
slightly more offensive.
Although it can be offensive to women,
depending on how you say it.
But sometimes it's just affectionate.
But if you say it to a man,
it can be used to imply effemininity
if you know that the
implication of femininity

towards the man is going
to annoy him further.

So yeah, try not to use
it in a patronising way.

The next one "to throw
a spanner in the works."

So you might be doing a
task, and then you might say,

"Oh, that's thrown a
spanner in the works."

It prevents something
from happening smoothly.

So I could be putting up
a picture with a hammer

and the hammer breaks, and I'll say,
"Oh, that's thrown a
spanner in the works."

There I was happily hammering away.
The picture was going to
be up in five minutes,

but now the hammer is
broken, so I have to go out,

get a new one, you get the picture.
The next one is to do with going out.
This one is "to be out on the pull."
If you are out on the
pull, it means you are

going to go out with the intention
of finding a romantic partner.
It means you are actively
looking for somebody.

So when I was single,
I sometimes used to go

out on the pull in London
with my girlfriends

and the place that we always used to
go to was Tiger Tiger.
There was always a great selection there.
So yeah, we always used
to go out on the pull

(laughs) to Tiger Tiger.
I would never go back.
Actually, never say never.
With the right group of people,
it would be good fun (laughs)
especially on a Wednesday.
The next phrase, and I know for sure
that this is used in America as well,
"you have got to be kidding me."
It means you have to be joking.
You must be joking.
And it can be used in two ways.
It can be used to express
anger or disbelief.

"I can't believe that.
"You've got to be kidding me!"
Or if something's really funny.
(laughs) "You've got to be kidding me!"
So I hope you appreciated
my acting skills there.

I was never that good at drama at school.
The next phrase is one, I
think when used correctly,

sounds really good,
and it is "rightly so."

And it's a nice little thing
to add on the end of sentences.

It means quite rightly, correctly.
Everyone's worrying about
the pizza getting burnt,

and rightly so.
There is smoke coming from the kitchen.
You know, it means with reason.
The smoke is coming from the kitchen.
And rightly so.
Right, that's it for today's lesson.
I hope you enjoyed it.
I hope you learned something.
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