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British slang: “rubbish” means “very bad”

“Rubbish” means “waste”, (“garbage” or “trash” in American English) but another very common usage is an adjective which means “very bad”.

If you don’t know about this already I strongly recommend that you learn it and use it as it’s a very useful word to have in your vocabulary. Britons use it all the time because it is not rude and is a good way to describe something you don’t like and think is very bad.


“I don’t like that film, I think it’s rubbish.”

“Your football team is going to be rubbish this year.”


I discuss the slang use of “rubbish” briefly in this video lesson:


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