WotD: Just looking

I've been doing a lot of research today ... looking things up, so to speak ... so after the most tenuous link in history, I bring you today's WotD ....

1 A male goose
2. (slang) A look (used only in the expression to have a gander), originally Brit.
criminal slang

Gander as slang for look derives from early cockney rhyming slang (when it was still the slang of criminals). It refers to the stretching or bending of the neck of a male goose as he looks around. Actually, there is a verb to gander (mid 17th Century) which originally meant "to wander aimlessly or with a foolish air like that of a gander". It was only later that it took on the "look" meaning, and the noun gander that was formed from the verb means "a look or glance".

Suggested usage: ."Will you have a gander at my job application letter, and check it for spelling mistakes?"
Also used in the diminutive goosey

goosey Noun. A look. Abbreviated form of the title of the nursery rhyme Goosey Goosey Gander, making use of the word 'gander', being slang for a look.
e.g."Let's have a goosey at the timetable and work out which is the best train to get to London

Now I'm off to have a gander at my friends list.

Toodle pip.

WotD: Idiot

Before I share today’s WotD I feel I should just say that not every slang word we use in Blighty is an insult … reading my selections here in cheap_as_chips you would probably think they were!

On that note I’d like as the WotD to share one of my favourite insults …

• noun
Brit. Informal a stupid person.
ORIGIN from obsolete pillicock meaning penis.

Pillock … what a great word. Just love how it rolls of the tongue and it’s so very express. However, until today I was blissfully unaware that it was actually yet another euphemism for the male member (deriving from the word pillicock, 16th Century term for penis)

Today Pillock means idiot or fool … you can use it freely as it’s fairly inoffensive these days.

I did find another, highly unlikely but very entertaining, explanation for the word. Apparently a pillicock was a male animal with only one testicle, a member of the bullock family. Dare I say that sounds like total ‘bull shit’ ::audience groans::

It's funny, even if it's not true...

Suggested usage: Are you a total pillock?
D'yer hear about Fred … got drunk and lost his keys. What a pillock!

WotD: Cockneypalooza II - Cockney Harder

Today we have a whole raft of cockney rhyming slang in honour of poshcat's birthday.

Once again all the following slang words are absolutely genuine

So with out further ado:
Cobblers' awls = balls or 'bollocks' (i.e. testicles)
[usually meant in the sense of 'rubbish']
eg: "You're talking a load of cobblers"

Dickie bird = word
eg: I haven't heard a dickie from Jane since she went on holiday

Jack Jones = alone
eg: "On my Jack" = "On my own"

loaf of bread = head
eg: Stop being a plonker … use your loaf

Mutt and Jeff = deaf
(named after two early 20th century comic strip characters)
eg: I'm getting a bit mutton in me old age

Syrup of figs = wig(s)
eg: Sean Connery was wearing a syrup in his last film

Tomfoolery = jewellery
(can be shortened to tom)
eg: Becks bought Posh a nice bit of tomfoolery to apologise about the affair

Treacle tart = sweetheart
As favoured on 'Eastenders' as a greeting for ladies.
eg: Wotcha Treacle!

Barney Rubble - Trouble

Boat Race - Face
(after the Oxford and Cambridge University boat race)
eg: Look at the miserable boat on her!

Bubble Bath - Laugh
eg: You're having a bubble, ain’t yer?

Brown bread = dead

China Plate - Mate
eg: Hello me old china

Dog and Bone - Phone

Half-Inch - Pinch (as in steal)
eg: Fred 'alf-inched me last fag

Plates of Meat - Feet

Scooby Doo - Clue
eg: He ain't got a scooby what to do next

And finally, runs away ducking for cover
Septic tank = Yank (slang for an American)

Why use one word when you can use three or four ?

WotD: Drinkies anyone?

Better late than never ... I bring you todays WotD.

Once again the choice is all about me. I'm posting a tad late today as I've been down the pub with some of me mukkers from work for a few Britneys and a couple of sherbets. Ah yes, the WotD is all about imbibing again ...

• noun 1
Brit. a flavoured sweet fizzing powder eaten alone or made into a drink.
2 (especially in Arab countries) a drink of sweet diluted fruit juices.
3 N. Amer. water ice; sorbet.
4 Brit. And Austral. Humorous beer.
ORIGIN Arabic, ‘drink’; related to SYRUP.

As a child sherbet fountains or Sherbet Dabs/Dips were a favourite sweet of mine. Sherbet is a kind of fizzy powder made from bicarbonate of soda, tartaric acid, sugar etc and usually cream soda or fruit flavoured. It used to be stirred into various beverages to make effervescing drinks, in a similar way to making lemonade from lemonade powders. It is often sold in a cardboard tube with a straw made from liquorice as a sherbet fountain. You are supposed to be able to suck the powder up the straw into your mouth (where it fizzles and dissolves on your tongue). However, this rarely works so people tend to tip the sherbet into their mouths and eat the liquorice separately.

Sherbet dips are also popular. You can buy a small packet of sherbet with a lollipop sealed into the bag. Once you lick the lollipop, it can be dipped into the sherbet and sucked off, or used to shovel it into your mouth. Sherbet is also encorporated into other sweets (candies). For example it is used to fill boiled sweets (e.g. sherbet lemons) or wrapped in edible paper shells (flying saucers).
Sherbet (or sherbert) is actually the name of a cooling Turkish drink made from fruit juice.

Enough of my fading childhood memories and on to the slang definition. The use of sherbert as a slang term for beer is noted in a slang dictionary as early as 1890. Today sherbet is generally accepted as covering the whole spectrum of alcoholic drinks. It is still very popular today, especially with cockney comics and soap opera script writers (and Assistant!Jo). I suppose the humour is derived from the fact that sherbet is actually very innocuous and the last thing you would associate with alcohol.

Typical usage would be:

Fancy coming down the pub for a few sherbets?

[Any spolling mistaks and grammatical errors are due to excess consumption of free champagne ... sorry]

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I used the WotD the day this morning in relation to one of my colleagues who mysteriously disappeared when they realised a particularly boring chore was coming their way. To my amazement my American colleague had no idea what I was talking about. Being the anally retentive little researcher that I am, I hit the dictionaries to find that our WotD is a peculiarly British word .

So without further ado, today’s WotD is:

/skiv/ Brit. informal
• verb avoid work or a duty; shirk.
• noun an instance of shirking.
— DERIVATIVES skiver noun.
perhaps from French esquiver ‘slink away’.

Pronounciation guide: as in Sky with the –ve sound from drive on the end

To skive is to evade doing one’s task or duty. Therefore, a skiver is someone who purposely avoids something. For example, a truant is someone who skives of school. In the workplace , a skiver would be the person who’s always late for meetings; the one who disappears when it’s their turn to make the coffee (the ultimate sin in my book).

Another usage would be (to) skive off.

I retreat … the language barrier still intact .

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Ever stuck for a mild form abuse for that colleague that just cannot fathom out how to change the toner?

Well you need today’s WotD ...

• noun
Brit. Informal a foolish or inept person.
ORIGIN originally a dialect word meaning something large of its kind: from PLONK1.

• verb 1 set down heavily or carelessly. 2 play unskilfully on a musical instrument.
• noun a sound as of something being set down heavily.
ORIGIN imitative.]

The use of the word Plonker as a mild form of abuse was popularised by the British sitcom, Only Fools and Horses, mainly directed at the hapless Rodney Trotter by his older brother and wannabe wheeler-dealer, Del-Boy Trotter.

Derek ‘Del-Boy’ Trotter: “Don’t be a total plonker, Rodney”

Plonker had it’s heyday in the late 80s/early 90s but is still fairly popular today.

As you have realised now us Brits, as a nation, have our minds and sense of humour planted firmly in the toilet – therefore you will not be surprised to find out that plonker is also a euphemism for the male member (so to speak!).

Another variation on the theme would be:

you’re pulling my plonker - taking the mickey, poking fun at me

WotD: Cockney-palooza

We are winding down in good Blighty for our four-day Easter weekend, and cheap_as_chips is taking a break until Monday.

However, never fear, I'm leaving you with a whole raft of Cockney Rhyming Slang to be getting on with.

Believe it or not, they are all absolutely genuine!

Apples and Pears stairs

Laugh and a Joke smoke

Chas and Dave shave

Whistle and Flute suit
Usage = I just got a new whistle for work

Pork Pies lies
Usage = She’s always telling porkies

Rock 'n' Roll dole

Pete Tong wrong
Usage = Everything’s going a bit Pete Tong!

Jumping Jack back

Basil Fawlty balti (curry)

Britney Spears beers
Usage = Coming down the pub for a few Britneys?

Richard the Third bird (as in girlfriend)
Usage = Tony’s got a new Richard!

Apple Fritter bitter, pint of

Aristotle bottle

Kingdom Come bum

Arthur Ashe cash
Usage = I’m running short of arthurs

Winona Ryder cider
Usage = Fancy a pint of winona?

Septic tank Yank (!)

S'later mates
(See you next week mes amis)

WotD: Happy talk

I’ll keep it short today. If you’ve been over to my other journal you’ll know that I’m feeling a little squiffy today.

One of the side effects of said squiffiness is a tendency to become very talkative. Therefore I give you the WoTD …

verb. To talk, often unceasingly.
Abbreviated cockney rhyming slang from rabbit and pork

Rabbit is yet another example of rhyming slang where the actual rhyming part of the phrase has been dropped over the years. It was popularised in the early 1980s by the chirpy cockney duo, Chas and Dave, in their song … erh … Rabbit.
Part of the lyrics is still in popular use today:

You’ve got more rabbit than Sainsbury’s
Why don’t you give it a rest

NB: Sainsbury’s is a popular supermarket in the UK

Inevitably, rabbit has been shortened to bunny

Suggested usage would be:

Stop rabbiting and get on with your work

She could rabbit the hind legs off a donkey

My sister has too much bunny

He’s always rabbiting on about football


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I’m feeling a little under the weather today - can’t quite put my finger on it. Basically I’m feeling:

(also ropy)
• adjective (ropier, ropiest)
resembling a rope.
2 Brit. Informal poor in quality or health.
3 Adj. Suspicious, dodgy

DERIVATIVES ropily adverb ropiness noun.

Ropey is another one of those great general purpose slang words, covering a multitude of sins.

It can be used to describe pretty much anything which isn't in as good as state as it might be. It might be you with a hangover; your ex-girlfriend or the car you bought from someone in the pub last week.

Examples of usage are:

Have you seen Dave’s new bird. Definitely a bit ropey

Tell the boss I won’t be in today, I’m feeling a bit ropey


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Today’s WotD is:

• adjective
Brit. Informal
1. organized; arranged, contented.
2. Exclam. An approving exclamation, brilliant, excellent.

Most people that use sorted today have no idea of it’s origins.
It fell into popular use on the drugs and rave scene in the early 1990s, denoting having the required amount of drugs. Adopted by comics and soap opera writers, sorted is now generally taken to mean organised , fixed or arranged.

Typical usage would be:

I had a curry and two beers and was well sorted

Did you get you car fixed?
Yeah, sorted mate.


You will notice that sorted works with the Mockney amplifier well.

Another popular phrase is get it sorted, meaning get on with it or get it done. A very over used phrase in Guy Ritchie movies!

Got your slang fixed today? Sorted, mate.