In January 2020 slang words were banned in some schools in an attempt to encourage students to use, and learn, formal English. But slang is nothing new. We’ve been using it for thousands of years and many of the words now regarded as formal English originated as slang. This quiz will test your knowledge of historical and modern slang.
Here’s a list of some modern words and phrases which were once slang:
I could go on, but I know you’re “raring to go” and get on with the quiz. Let’s see how many of these slang terms you can translate! Will you be a “bobby-dazzler” or an “also-ran”? Good luck!