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It comes from when horses that pulled carriages wore blinkers to stop them seeing to the side or behind them which stopped them from being startled and only let them see where they were going. Something may be "bloody marvellous" or "bloody awful". Americans should avoid saying "bloody" as they sound silly. You might hear someone say "not blooming likely" so that they don't have to swear. Bugger all - If something costs bugger all, it means that it costs nothing. The reason "butchers" means a look even though it doesn't rhyme is because it is short for "butchers hook" and "hook" of course, does rhyme. Our official protestant church - of which the Queen is the head.
Bloody - One of the most useful swear words in English. It is also used to emphasise almost anything, "you're bloody mad", "not bloody likely" and can also be used in the middle of other words to emphasise them. Blow me - When an English colleague of mine exclaimed "Blow Me" in front of a large American audience, he brought the house down. Chat up - To chat someone up is to try and pick them up.
Barmy - If someone tells you that you're barmy they mean you have gone mad or crazy.
Dodgy - If someone or something is a bit dodgy, it is not to be trusted. Dog's bollocks - You would say that something really fantastic was the dog's bollocks. Dog's dinner - If you make a real mess of something it might be described as a real dog's dinner.
They are all a corruption of the oath "God Blind Me". Cram - Before a big exam you would be expected to cram. Daft - My Dad used to call me a daft 'apeth which is short for a daft half penny (in old money). Diddle - To rip someone off or to con someone is to diddle them. Dishy - If someone is a bit of a dish or a bit dishy it means they are attractive or good looking.
Cracking - If something is cracking, it means it is the best. This simply means to study hardin the period running up to the exam. When you visit England, check your change to make sure you haven't been diddled! DIY - This is short for do it yourself and applies not just to the DIY stores but also to anything that you need to do yourself.
Dodgy food should be thrown away at home, or sent back in a restaurant. Comes from the fact that a dog's bollocks are so fantastic that he can't stop licking them! A bit like some joint Anglo-American approaches to Eastern Europe for example! Either way it was horrendously embarrassing, especially as half the people on the tube had heard me!
Donkey's years - Someone said to me the other day that they hadn't seen me for donkey's years. Drop a clanger - When I asked a large lady on the tube if she would like my seat since she was so obviously pregnant, she took the seat then told me she was fat, not pregnant! Duck - In and around Leeds you will find older people might call you "duck" in the same way that they might call you "love" or "dear" in other places.
Aggro - Short for aggravation, it's the sort of thing you might expect at a football match. There is sometimes aggro in the cities after the pubs shut! - This is used a lot around London and the south to mean, "Hello, how are you"?