Have you ever spent much time thinking about slang? I have. And recently I spent some time looking through a slang dictionary. You would not believe how many different ways you can say prostitute, drunk, etc. So, I’ve come up with thirteen bits of slang rather more entertaining than salacious (I hope) for your enjoyment. They are all in English, but hail from different parts of the world.
13 Random Bits of Slang:
1. brain basil – A clever boy
2. a caution to snakes – (Something) very surprising, odd, eccentric, or unusual.
3. smite – An infatuation, a passion.
4. touch ivory – To play at dice.
5. fly a desk – Of an aircrew member: to be grounded and doing an office job.
6. abstain from beans – To take no part in politics.
7. do a rush – To back a safe horse.
8. elevate – To render slightly drunk.
9. go up a gully – (Of a person) to vanish; get out of the way, make oneself scarce.
10. heart’s ease – A twenty-shilling piece.
11. inspector of public buildings – A man out of work
12. jolly dog – A boon companion, merry fellow.
13. kindly leave the stage! – A jocular dismissal to one who has just made a minor faux pas, a dreadful pun, etc. Often preceded by “I don’t wish to know that.”
A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (8th ed.) by Eric Partridge.