Your English teacher may not have approved of it. And the older generations may start muttering about kids and lawns when they hear it. But slang helps keep languages interesting and alive. And many of the words and expressions we use today started out as slang. Often playful and colorful, slang is like a laboratory for language.
Slang is everywhere, and most of it defies direct translation. Want to learn more about slang around the world? We’ve collected some of the funniest and most interesting slang words and phrases in different languages.
Funny Australian Slang: Who gave that lizard a beer?
Australia is known for its colorful way with the English language. Here’s one of the most puzzling Aussie phrases:
Flat out like a lizard drinking.
Surprisingly, this has nothing to do with drunk reptiles. Instead, it means you’re extremely busy.
Long Teeth and Spanish Cows: Funny French Slang
Avoir les dents longues.
Translation: Long in the tooth.
Meaning: In English, of course, this expression means “old” or “elderly.” In French, though, it simply means “ambitious.”
Parler comme une vache espagnole.
Translation: To talk like a Spanish cow.
Meaning: To speak poorly.
Arrête de te la péter.
Translation: Stop snapping your suspender against your chest. But “péter” also means “to fart.”
Meaning: Stop bragging. Read more