12 insults only British people understand

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Nobody can dish out an insult quite like the British.

Every nation on Earth has it's own swear words but the phrases and insults that the British use are pretty unique.

For instance, if you called an American a "pillock" they probably wouldn't know how to react.

Without straying into territory that is too offensive here are 13 insults that only the British would understand.

1. Pillock

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Definition: Someone who is being an idiot.

See also: Twit, wally, numpty, muppet.

2. Plonker

Definition: Another term for idiot. Popularised by the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

3. Billy-no-mates

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Definition: Someone with no friends or a loner.

4. Minger​

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Definition: A person who is not considered to be attractive.

5. Gormless

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Definition: Someone who lacks common sense.

6. Skiver

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Definition: Someone who is lazy or work shy.

7. Daft as a brush

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Definition: Silly.

8. Gannet

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Definition: A very greedy person who eats lots of food.

9. Mad as a box of frogs

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Definition: Something is crazy or weird.

10. Poxy

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Definition: A poor reason or excuse.

11. Mugwump

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Definition: A word mostly used in politics to describe someone who chooses to remain neutral.

Recently used by Boris Johnson to describe Jeremy Corbyn.

12. Dodgy

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Definition: Something isn't quite right.

HT BBC America, Anglotopia

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