27 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Essex

Oi oi saveloy!

1. “Mate”

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What it normally means: A friend.

What it means in Essex: Anybody you speak to including friends, family, children, adults, and strangers. For example: “Kebab and chips please, mate.”

2. “Proper”

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What it normally means: Correct according to social or moral codes.

What it means in Essex: Very. For example: “I wouldn’t trust him. Proper dodgy deals.”

3. “Chip off”

What it normally means: To dislodge a small chunk from an object.

What it means in Essex: To go away, to leave. For example: “If he’s only drinking water tonight, he can chip off.”

4. “Nice one bruva”

What it normally means: An appreciation of success, aimed at a male sibling.

What it means in Essex: An exclamation of happiness, aimed at anyone, including yourself. For example: “Just won £2 on a scratchy… NICE ONE BRUVAAAA.”

5. “Get a tan”

What it normally means: To undergo a slight darkening of the skin after exposure to the sun.

What it means in Essex: To go to a salon and purchase a brown liquid, mousse, or cream for application to your skin, usually with a designated tanning mitten. As in, “Will be over later, gotta get a tan, babe.”

6. “Bleak”.

What it normally means: Barren.

What it means in Essex: Bad and disappointing. For example: “No way, mate. Her birthday was bleak as.”

7. “Bit of fluff”

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What it normally means: A small piece of light, downy mass.

What it means in Essex: A girl, woman, wife, girlfriend, or mistress you’re interested in or involved with. “Yeh, I’m seeing my bit of fluff after the footie.”

8. “Have it”

What it normally means: To own something.

What it means in Essex: To party hard. For example, “I am gonna HAVEEEEE IIIIIT.”

9. “Banter”

What it normally means: The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.

What it means in Essex: The ability to not bore the person you’re talking to. For example, “I don’t mind her though, she has good banter.”

10. “I’m not even joking, but…”

What it normally means: This isn’t intended to be amusing.

What it means in Essex: I am about to say something slightly controversial, nasty, or concerning. For example, “I’m not even joking but, but she has got proper fat, no?”

11. “Banging”

What it normally means: A loud repeated noise.

What it means in Essex: To be having sex with. For example, “He’s only managed to get in because he’s banging Amy.”

12. “Rate”

What it normally means: To estimate the value of something.

What it means in Essex: To like something. For example, “I proper rate that Breaking Bad.”

13. “Sick”

What it normally means: Unwell.

What it means in Essex: Amazing, the best thing ever. For example, “That film is sick, bruv.”

14. “Bomb it”

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What it normally means: To set off an explosive device.

What it means in Essex: To travel at a rapid speed, usually in a car. For example, “I’m gonna bomb it down to Southend seafront later, you in?”

15. “Bait”

What it normally means: Something used to catch fish.

What it means in Essex: Being obvious. For example, “It’s so bait how much you’re into him.”

16. “Mug”

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What it normally means: A tall cup, used for hot drinks.

What it means in Essex: An idiot, usually someone being taken for granted or taken advantage of. For example, “You’ll look like a right mug if you take her back.”

17. “Motor”

What it normally means: A machine that powers something.

What it means in Essex: A car or vehicle. For example, “Nah, I gotta run and get a part for me motor.”

18. “On it”

What it normally means: Resting atop of something.

What it means in Essex: Moving away from a sober state via the rapid and dedicated consumption of all nearby intoxicants. For example, “We’re gonna get on it tonight, yeah?”

19. “Kick off”

What it normally means: To move forcefully with your foot, or the start of a football match.

What it means in Essex: To start a fight. For example, “It’s all kicking off down the pub, mate.”

20. “Messy”

What it normally means: Untidy, unkempt.

What it means in Essex: Raucous, involving high levels of intoxication and memory loss. For example, “Your birthday is gonna get messy.”

21. “Destiny”

What it normally means: Predetermined fate.

What it means in Essex: The name of someone at your local school. For example, “Destiny, get out of the road!”

22. “Fuck me”

What it normally means: Please have sex with me.

What it means in Essex: Oh my god! No way! For example, “She’s pregnant? FUCK ME!”

23. “Sort”

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What it normally means: Organise.

What it means in Essex: A good-looking woman. For example, “Wait until you see her, she is a proper sort.”

24. “Innit”

What it normally means: This is correct, yes?

What it means in Essex: A sort of verbal full stop. For example, “We can go Nando’s, innit. I got a free half-chicken, innit.”

25. “A bit of me”

What it normally means: A part of myself.

What it means in Essex: Something that I would be interested in. For example, “That jacket is a bit of me, though.”

26. “Un’all”

What it normally means: A grunt or a slur.

What it means in Essex: In addition. For example, “Make sure you grab some beers un’all.”

27. “Oi oi saveloy”

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What it normally means: Attention, attention, cheap red sausage.

What it means in Essex: “Hello, my friend.” Often shouted out of a moving vehicle. For example, “OI OI SAVELOYYY. You alriight, mate?”

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