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If the British are good at one thing, it is this: creating sex words. So prolific are they, in fact, that America - arguably still the world's largest superpower - cannot keep up.

Sure, one might occasionally hear an American rattling off a phrase or innuendo he or she heard on
Austin Powers, but for the most part certain British sex words have become lost in the pond.

Here are 15 British sex words and phrases that they don't use in the United States of America.  

1. Willy (slang: penis)
2. Shag (slang: to have sex with)
3. Roger (slang: to have sex with)
4. Muff (slang: vagina)
5. Bell-end (slang: the head of the penis)
6. Arse (slang: backside. Equivalent to ass)
7. Fanny (slang: vagina. Not to be confused with the American meaning of fanny)
8. Wank (slang: masturbate)
9. Toss off (slang: masturbate)
10. Bum (slang: backside)
11. Knob (slang: penis)
12. Bugger (slang: to have anal sex with)
13. Bollocks (slang: testicles)
14. Tit-wank (slang: when a man has sex with a woman's breasts) 
15. Rumpy pumpy (slang: sexual intercourse)

This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


  1. So is a "tosser" a person who masterbates? (Please forgive my ignorance- or Americanism.)

  2. I have one! "Gis us a snog then" ("give us a snog then" aka asking for a deep French kiss)

  3. I was thinking of devoting a whole comparison list to kissing words, Melissa. Stay posted.

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  4. Haha - this is great! I often giggle at my husband being completely lost when I try and tell him about all the words. There is also an endless list for tit, boobs, jugs, melons, love pillows etc etc ...

    Molly @ The Move to America

  5. "Get your leg over" "gagging for it" "boff" "knee-trembler" "banker" .....This can go on forever.

  6. ....Ok a few more:

    Beef-curtains, puppies, bristols.....I can stop, or listing words. LOL!

  7. Muff is used in a America as well. Not as common, but still. Everyone knows what it means.

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  13. "twat" slang for another,frequently but become less used here in Canada but alas Canada has amputated its English/British Heritage for one Called AMERICAN

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