Songs often use slang and colloquial English that you should understand,
but never use in formal situations!
Here you will find the translation into normal standard English of the most common colloquial words used in songs (and also on television and movies).
ain't: the verb to be or the verb to have in all the forms in the negative, i.e. am not, is not, are not, have not, has not.
c'mon: come on.
cos, 'cos, coz, 'cause: because.
coulda: could have.
dontcha, don't cha: don't you.
dunno: don't know, doesn't know.
gerroff: get off.
gimme: give me.
gonna: going to.
getcha: get you.
gotcha: got you.
gotta: (have) got to.
hafta: have to.
innit (GB): isn't it.
kinda: kind of.
lemme: let me.
lil, li'l: little.
musta: must have.
'n', 'n: and.
outta (US): out of.
shoulda: should have.
wanna: want to, want a.
watcha: what are you (Watcha talking about?), what you (Do whatcha got to do).
woulda: would have.
We thank Diego Arcos Cerda (from Quito, Ecuador) for his contribution.
Descubre el origen de las palabras en The Story behind the Words
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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