British people often use slang that you are not going to learn in your textbooks. However, if you want to understand British people, books, music, movies or TV shows – You need to learn some slang! They will also help you sound more natural and you will be able to understand native speakers more easily. In this lesson you will learn different ways to say something is bad! 

British Slang for Bad


Definition: Grim is a word that we use to describe something that is bad. It is really common to use this word to talk about bad weather or bad situations.


  • My chances of getting into uni are pretty grim after these exam results.
  • The weather in England is usually pretty grim.
  • It’s a pretty grim situation at work with the boss being sick and all.

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Definition: They both mean that something is very bad and we especially use these words in the UK to give our opinion about something.


  • That new Thor movie is pretty shit
  • I think cricket is proper wank. It’s so boring!
  • You liked their new album? I thought it was pretty wank to be honest.

Minging / rank

Definition: They both mean bad but we usually use them to say that something is disgusting. This can be for taste, smell or even looks. You can say that someone is minging or rank and it means that they are ugly.


  • That restaurant is minging. I’d give it a miss if I were you.
  • Have you farted? That smells proper rank!
  • I asked a girl out on a date and she said no because I was minging *sobs*


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