Learn British Slang: Bollocks

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Level: Advanced    Reading Time: 3 minutes    Category: Vocabulary

Bollocks is a really common British slang word. You won’t hear it used much outside of the UK though. It is not a word that you should be using in formal situations either.

It is technically a swear word (or curse word as Americans say) and therefor should only be used in casual situations with friends and people you know well.

However, It is still worth understanding how to use this word, especially if you are going to the UK because you will definitely hear it from the British people you meet.

                                          

What does bollocks mean?

Well, the literal meaning is testicles, balls, nuts or whatever word you want to use to talk about the round things in a man’s pants. 

We do use the literal meaning of the word sometimes. You maybe would hear something like this:

  • HAHA! Did you see that? The ball hit him straight in the bollocks!
  • She kicked him in the bollocks when she found out he cheated on her!
  • My bollocks are aching today.
 

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How Do you use bollocks?

In English, this word is used in loads of different ways. Here are some ways you can use the word bollocks.

 

~ is the dog’s bollocks.

This phrase means that something is very good or even the best.

  • That shirt is the dog’s bollocks.
  • Mate, in this suit, I feel like the dog’s bollocks.
  • Manchester United have been the dog’s bollocks this year.

 

~ is utter bollocks.

This is kind of the opposite meaning. This means something is terrible or the worst.

  • This book is utter bollocks.
  • My cooking is utter bollocks.
  • Working overtime is utter bollocks.

 

Bollocks to ~

This phrase is used when you will ignore something or someone. It’s like saying you don’t care about something.

  • Bollocks to the test.
  • I can’t be bothered with his bullshit. Bollocks to him.
  • Bollocks to Beethoven, his music was crap anyway.

 

To get a bollocking.

When you get a bollocking, it means you have done something wrong and someone is angry about it and shouts at you. In regular English, you could say to be scolded.

  • She gave him a right bollocking about his exam scores.
  • My boss gave me a bollocking for not finishing the report.
  • He’s going to get a right bollocking next time I see him.

 

That’s bollocks!

This means that something is not true or false. We often use it to call someone a liar.

  • He talks a right load of bollocks.
  • That is bollocks. You have never been to the Moon.
  • I don’t bother with the news. It’s all bollocks anyway.

 

Stark Bollock Naked.

This phrase means that someone is in the nude. Pretty simple really.

  • His wife caught him stark bollock naked with another woman!
  • He was running down the high street stark bollock naked.
  • I went swimming in the lake stark bollock naked.

So that is how you can use the word bollocks in English. Don’t forget to check back for more British slang words and phrases you can use with your British mates!

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