• Traditional British sayings on the way out as modern street slang seeps into our speech across the UK
• Millions of us now use LOL, sik and selfie in everyday language, while golly gosh, toff and spiffing slowly slip into conversational annals
• Comedy duo Armstrong and Miller, well known for their RAF airmen characters who speak in ‘street lingo’ on the Spitfire Ale adverts have collaborated on a new guide to modern slang released today
If words such as LOL, tidy, selfie and innit mean nothing to you then it might be time you brushed up on your modern slang, with a new poll from Spitfire Ale showing these new terms are catching up with old traditional British sayings.
The premium ale brand asked people which slang words and terms – old and new- they use in everyday speech and while almost half still surveyed admit they still say things such as ‘cock-up’ and ‘get your knickers in a twist’, only one in ten at most use terms such as balderdash, cor-blimey, golly gosh, toff and spiffing.
That’s compared to one in five of us who use LOL every day, one in seven who use sik, tidy and selfie and around one in eight who regularly talk about being safe and like to end their sentences with innit.
Only 30% of those polled say they never use modern slang, while less than one in ten said they had never heard of any of the words in a long list of current street slang presented to them as part of the research.
While a third of those surveyed by Spitfire Ale say modern street slang is too prevalent in everyday language, a similar number believe it’s just a healthy evolution of modern language, while only a fifth believe street slang is only used by young people.
To help those of who need to get into 21st century speak, Spitfire Ale have put together a guide to modern slang with the help of academic Tony Thorne, who also tracks the evolution of slang from the 16th century right though to today.
The guide will be launched by comedians ‘Armstrong and Miller’ at the Horse and Groom in Belgravia – the UK’s poshest pub (in the shadow of Buckingham Palace) which will go ‘street’ for the month with everything from chalkboards to welcome signs translated in to the most popular modern day slang.
Staff at the pub have agreed to re-name their establishment ‘The Dobbin n’ Crimper’ for the whole of July and welcome in visitors for ‘bare scoff’ and to ‘cop the whole nine yards’ with the street slang guide on hand to help confused guests.