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 you are joking! 

British Slang for Joking

Taking the Piss

Definition: In British English this phrase means to make fun of someone in a playful way. It can also mean to be used when something is annoying you or being unfair. 

Examples:

  • Give over taking the piss out of me all the time!
  • 6 quid for a pint?!? Are you taking the piss?
  • I love taking the piss out of my mates!

Get Your Knickers In A Twist

Definition: To get upset about something. We can also use it as a way to tell people to calm down.

Examples:

  • What has she got her knickers in a twist for this time?
  • Don’t get your knickers in a twist. I’m only joking.
  • I don’t want to talk to him. He’s got his knickers in a twist about something.

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banter

Definition: This is a British slang word that means to tease your mates or to joke around in a friendly way. These days, young people often shorten this word to “bants”.

Examples:

  • It’s just bants mate! Don’t worry about it!
  • I love a bit of banter with my mates
  • You can’t have any banter with him. He always gets his knickers in a twist about it

Kidding

Definition: When we say we are just kidding, it means we are not being serious and we are playing around. It can also be used to say that you don’t believe something.

Examples:

  • Don’t take it seriously mate, He was just kidding.
  • Are you kidding me right now? There is no way you are being serious!
  • They are always kidding around in class when they should be studying.

Pulling Your leg

Definition: If you accuse someone of pulling your leg, you mean that you believe they are teasing you by saying something that isn’t true. You will also hear “pull the other one” sometimes.

Examples:

  • She’s pulling your leg mate. She doesn’t expect you to do all the cooking.
  • You have a pet crocodile? Pull the other one mate.
  • I was only pulling your leg. I didn’t really win the lottery.

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