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Ladgefull n. "Oh my god you're so Ladgefull" - Emabarasing, more so than when your mum gets her hankie out, spits on it and wipes your face in front of all your mates. Also may be shortend to Ladge "Thats soooo Ladge", From Cumbria - I think well It was used in MY playground, yes MINE as in I was the ruler of all the walls!. (ed: contribution quoted verbatim.... No-one argues with the ruler!) circa. 1980 - 84 UK (M)

l-shape football n. Awkward and pointless ball game invented to make use of irregularly-shaped car parks and bits of waste ground.

lag anyone? q. shouted when seeking a partner to play marbles. circa. 1980 - 84 UK (M)

La, Lah n. mate, friend e.g. "Alright la?", "Got a spare fag la?" f. Singapore (apparently), but another posibility is that "lah" could be a diminutive of "love". UK (NW), Sing.

lairy n. flashy and trivial, showing off AUS.

lamp n. to hit, e.g. "He lamped me a treat after I slagged off his bint!!". UK (Wa)

langered adj. very drunk, cf. bolloxed, ossified, sloshed UK

larry n. effeminate or homosexual person.

lash n. out raging, a wild night out drinking and chasing totty. e.g. "on the lash" UK

'lastics n. A girl's game involving two people standing opposite one another with a long loop of dressmaker's elastic around their ankles, while a third person performs a complicated series of hops and jumps, chanting appropriate rhymes. When finished, the height of the elastic is raised to knees, then thighs, then waist. At this point someone is usually accidentally kicked in the face.

The contributor played this game at school extensively between 1982 and 1985. A colleague from the Midlands claims it was referred to there as French Elastics (ed: also when my wife was in school too), but at her school, in North London, it was just 'lastics. cf. French Elastic, cat's cradle UK (SE)

leafy n. When using a computer game called "Gauntlet" the word was used to describe "plentiful" or "a plentiful supply of", it fell into general useage in Watford in the playground in 1984-5. Sentence would run along the lines of "Leafy, potions, treasures and keys". UK M

leak (taking a.... ) v. urinating UK

leg it! v. n. can be the action of running away, or an instruction to remove oneself from a location with alacrity - for example after smashing someones window with a ball or similar. circa. 1973 - to date UK

leeg n. bad, unfavourable; e.g. "You are SO leeg!" UK (W)

lekker (pron. 'lacker') adj. Very nice, good. e.g. "We had a lekker time by the sea.". "MMMM... these are lekker!" f. Afrikaans SA

lekking (pron. 'layking') v. to play 'out' (i.e. instead of in - the house) f. Afrikaans SA

leper adj. A general insult. Usually in relation to a lack of intelligence/ ability - after someone drops a bollock. "Christ - you really screwed that up! What a leper!!" UK

less it! n. cease, desist the action you are performing., e.g. Less It will yer! (ie - "Please stop performing that action. It is annoying me immensely, "Stop messing about!", "Quieten down!" etc) c.f. pack it in circa. 1975 - ? UK (NE)

letch (to... ) v. to ogle in a laviscious manner, c.f. perve UK (S)

lewinsky (getting a.... ) n. receiving oral sex f. the saga of "Monica and Bill" where the whole issue of what constitutes sexual contact was redefined UK (W)

licky geed, greebe n. one with greasy hair UK (S)

lidder n. an idiot, someone clumsy cf. flid. UK (M)

like adv. 1) When referring to someone of the opposite sex, to have a crush on. "Joe likes Susan" is a statement about Joe's special feelings towards Susan. 2) A flavoring particle. "She is like, so cool" 3) To be like is to think something "I was like, ohmigod what a bitch" means "I thought she was such a bitch.", US

ling n. One got a "ling" when riding your bicycle and held on to a moving motor vehicle with one hand to save pedalling. A red traffic light or stop sign was a good place to start a ling. A long tow was a good ling. "I got a ling all the way home yesterday". The word was common at schools in Melbourne around 1939 to 1943. The best place to hold onto for a ling was somewhere outside of the drivers vision in his rear mirrors. If a driver knew that he had picked up a ling he would often speed up to frighten the linger into letting go of his handhold. Flat tray trucks were excellent to get a ling on because there were plenty of hand holds. AUS

ling v. to throw or chuck. Implies throwing very hard, normally with intent to break something or hurt someone. UK (SE)

lob v. chucked cf. luzz UK (SE)

lobs v. call when teacher was coming, e.g. Keep lobs, stand lookout while others engage in fighting/burglary/sabotage etc. Aus

lol abbr.. computer speak for 'lots of laughs'

loons n. trousers

loonie n. Canadian one-dollar coin, originated from the loon on the one side of it. CAN

loosie, lucy n. Single cigarettes sold by shopkeepers to schoolchildren (and presumably to anyone else who couldn't afford 1.50 for a pack of Embassy). Normally kept in a jar or glass on the shelf by the ciggies. These were sold in blatant disregard of the law prohibiting the sale of cigs to the under-16s. UK (I. of Man)

lost it adv. Used to express someone's having lost control emotionally (generally refers to rage or tears), or lost their mind (meaning they did something nobody else would EVER do). No sexual connotations. US

louis n. Want to buy a louis?, Refers to a sixteenth of an ounce of hashish, which has always been a popular drug in UK playgrounds (ed: It has? I really must've led a sheltered life). After Louis XVI (sixteenth). UK

lozenge n. 1) The male penis. 2. An excessively stupid or unpleasant person. UK (SE)

lucky-bag n. a small paper bag containing a selection of sweets and often containing a small toy as well cf. Ten-Pence-Mix

lugs n. ears (used in context: "I'll batt yer lugs for yer") cf. wingnut

lunchbag n. a loser, person with no friends, doesn't "fit in" and does nothing right. f. people who brought lunch to school in a bag, then went off to sit and eat it alone because no-one liked them. UK

lunch-box (open the ... ) v. fart, Aus.

lung butter n. phlegm. e.g. "That was some tasty lung butter!" , or "I just coughed up a big hunk of lung butter" - referring to the phlegm coughed up due to illness. circa. 1990's - to date USA.

lurgi, lurgy n. imaginary sickness that 1) girls had and you contracted by kissing them. 2) you had as a matter of course from being smelly or dirty or not like the other kids cf. cooties UK

lush n. very good, tasting really nice, looking really attractive. i.e. "She's really lush.", "That tastes lush.", "Did you see that programme last night, it was lush". circa. early/mid 1980's, f. luscious UK

luzz v. to chuck or throw cf. bung UK (SE)