See below for a guide to colloquial and formal British terms used in The Casual Vacancy.
Casual Vacancy: accidental or unexpected situation in which a Local Council seat is vacated during the assembly's term.
City: a group of communities selected by the British Monarch, giving the city no special rights other than the status "city".
Comprehensive: a large British or Canadian school for chidren/teenagers of all abilities.
GCSE: General Certificate of Secondary Education: the basic level of a subject taken in school.
Loo: the bathroom or toilet.
Mock: a preliminary exam in preparation for a more important one.
Nursery: "preschool" or "kindergarten".
People-carrier: a large (usually seven-seater) car commonly used by families.
Prick: Insult, literally meaning penis, but meant as an unkind person.
Twat: a posh or snobbish person.
Wog: racist term a black person.