The Lexicon of Love Island: the Hottest New Words Taking Over Britain

Last week I wrote a blog on my favourite British idioms. All of them are well-established and have a secure place in British lexicon. However, Idioms aren’t always age-old expressions. Actually, people are coining new idioms every day.

Right now, Britain is transfixed by something on the TV. No … I don’t mean the World Cup. I mean, the British dating show called Love island that managed to gain a record 3 million viewers (on its peak episode). Haven’t heard of it? In that case, you’re missing out on the biggest thing to hit the UK since sliced bread. *

Love Island is a reality gameshow where contestants compete to find love (with £50,000 up for grabs for the winning couple). People either love it, hate it or love to hate it. But something that everyone can agree on is how the contestants’ lexicon has caught the attention of the nation.

The show gained nation-wide popularity last year and since then the islanders have been introducing us to unique vocabulary and a bewildering array of slang that had us bamboozled, yet intrigued. So much so, you’ll find the average Joe** using these phrases with his friends and on social media.

Check out the most popular Love Island lingo:

  • Putting all your eggs in one basket – to concentrate all your resources on one thing, in this case, to focus on one love interest instead of many.

“I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket just yet.”

  • Do bits /or/ The Do Bits Society /or/ DBS – a members-only club for people have taken part in sexual contact.

“I want to do bits with her tonight.”

  • Where’s your head at? – a way to ask or speak about how someone feels about a love interest.

“I don’t know where my head’s at. Do I like Wes or do I prefer Alex?”

  • Diggin’ someone out – to confront someone or call attention to questionable behaviour.

“Are you digging me out for flirting with Wes?”

  • Melt – someone who is acting soft and pathetic over a love interest.

“I’m acting like a total melt over this girl.”

  • A sort /or/ Peng sort – an attractive person.

“He’s a sort”

  • Mugged off – to be deceived of disrespected.

“You’ve been mugged off mate.”

  • Grafting – to put in effort and work hard to get a love interest to like you.

“I’ve been grafting Dani for weeks now.”

  • Crack on – to try to develop a romantic relationship with someone.

“I want to crack on with Laura.”

Want to hear these phrases in action? Catch up on the episode highlights on Love Island’s youtube channel. Enjoy! Let us know if you love it or hate it in the comments.


*since sliced bread is an idiom meaning the best and most useful invention in a long time


**average Joe is a phrase meaning the average person