While Britain is comprised of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland and each of these countries have their own sayings and expressions, they also have some common ground when it comes to slang. And Americans coming to Britain, whether they visit London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, or Belfast, may be shocked to see that despite speaking English, there’s plenty they can’t quite understand. British slang is ubiquitous, colorful, and not self-explanatory — you have to learn it to understand it.
See if you’re ready to tackle a conversation with the locals by taking this British slang quiz. If you’re not quite up to the task, you can brush up on your British sayings beforehand.