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macca adj. Enormous, huge. f. massive, mega cf. mungous UK (SE)

(the...) macho test n. A test of one's machismo conducted by rubbing at the forearm with an eraser until the skin is rubbed raw. Called a "macho test" it was really more a test of one's stupidity in grade school (where my classmates were conducting it). What basically happened was one would take those basic pink school erasers, or the eraser from a pencil, and rub the forearm vigorously until multiple layers of skin and forearm hair were removed, leaving the area bald, shiny, and very very very raw. The fact that one could do this to themselves and endure it was supposed to be a testament to their machismo. circa. 1981-83 USA

making out n. extended session of passionate kissing and petting USA

macknah n. An expression of disinterest. f. imit. - noise made by the computer game PACMAN when a ghost is devoured. cf. biggins UK (SE)

maggot (stiff.... ) n. small penis. cf. Stiff Maggot (e.g. Darren R. at Greensward School, who got a stiffy in the shower after rugby and started playing with it.)

magics, magic mushrooms n. Remarkably the little beaut's grow profusely every September/October on the local school fields, golf courses etc. around Sandbach, Cheshire, UK Shortly after growth, mushy eaters can be seen grazing (and gagging due to the musty flavour). (ed: I know nothing of this - honest officer!) UK (SE)

mallie n. homosexual. Used as term of abuse to describe somebody who was gay (or appeared to be). Also used to describe the act of homosexual intercourse (ie. "He mallied him!") f. Allegedly, the word came into use following an incident with a boy named "Malcolm" and another man, but has since found to be untrue. However, the word remained in use at the contributors school in Durham for many years after the supposed event. UK (NE)

maim ball n. (1) A game by which an old tennis ball is kicked at a wall (in a manner similar to squash) while other players stand immediately in front of the wall and move to avoid being hit at close range. (2) An alternate is an equally dangerous *teacher supervised* game (similar to British Bulldogs) whereby the class has to run up and down one side of the gym while the P.E. teacher lauches (which some force) a handsized soccer ball at the kids. The winner is the last one to be hit. Strangely, this was considered an end of term treat., The game starts with all players taking turns to kick the ball at the wall - the ball cannot be stopped and must be kicked from where it ends up. If a player misses the wall he goes "on the wall". Play continues as before but player on the wall can attempt to prevent a kicked ball hitting the wall. This is easy if the ball is struck from afar but risky if attempted at close range. The winner is the last kicker. cf. British Bulldog UK

Major adj. Used in similar fashion to "brilliant" or "cool". Often used alone, or to describe something or as a substitute for the word "really". Currently used by girls aged about 16 in a comprehensive school in Essex, UK

Mallet n. A person discovered by his peers, in changing rooms and similar, to be without pubic hair. Used as "He's a mallet!!", or "You're a mallet!", UK

Man-Hunt n. game: hide and seek variation where the seeker had to physically catch the "hider"

Manimal n. Taken from the early 80's TV show of the same name, about a private detective who could change into various animals at will (accompanied with an extreme close up of a pulsating hand), this game involved clenching a fist and then wiggling the knuckles and tendons whilst going "I'm Manimal!" circa. 1983 - 84 UK (S)

Man-of-Atlantis n. Useless swimming stroke based on Patrick Duffy in the television series.

Map-o'-Tassie n. Womens pubic hair. Due to a strange quirk of fate, Tasmania looks exactly the same shape as the area of a womans untrimmed pubic hair. Rather suitable really - bearing in mind the state government refuses to legalise homosexuality!! Aus.

maremare n. Corruption of Nightmare. Said to someone that is not doing something correctly or is having bad luck. i.e. "you are having a mare mate". UK (SE)

marbles n. A game in many varieties but normally involving the striking of one spherical glass object with another. There are two main versions. In the first the object is to knock the opponenents marbles out of a ring drawn on the ground (or in the dust) of size determined by custom and practice in a particular area. The object of the second is to hit the opponents marble three times in succession (or cumulatively - depending on the area). In the first variation, the marbles knocked out of the circle belong to the one whose marble did the knocking. In the second variety the marbles used in the game belong to the first person to strike the others marble three times. The game became world famous after Lord and Lady Docker gave it social cache during the 1950's. Individual marbles have been given a number of names depending on their type and quality: e.g these from New Zealand and the UK


  • Catseye, n. The most common form of glass marble in our games. Clear glass, sometimes tinted, with a cat's eye shaped swirl in the centre.
  • Giant, n. Oversize marble. Glass versions highly prized, the bigger the better. Plastic versions also appeared occasionally, up to 4cm diameter(!) (which in hindsight looked suspiciously ike the ball from a roll-on deodorant bottle). Prized by some (and would probably not have been at the time if we had known where they were from).

  • Steely, n. Marble sized steel ball bearing (when) used for playing marbles. Highly prized.

  • China. n. A white marble with irregular coloured blobs on its surface.
  • Spider. n. Similar to a cat's eye, but with a multistranded tenticular insert.

  • Bulgarian. n. corrupted form of ball-bearing Ball bearings were highly desirable for use as marbles because of their weight and increased surface friction.

    Using a ball bearing meant your "strike" was harder - which increased your chances of striking the other marbles out of the circle, whilst itself remaining inside the circle. Knocking a marble out of the circle, whilst you were remained inside, usually meant you got another turn. This continued until either all marbles were knocked out of the circle, or you failed, with one strike, to knock a marble out of the circle, In that case, your marble became one of those available for others to "win" by knocking out of the circle.

    This from "Joe Murray" in aus.tv:

    the marbles games I played (1964-68ish, Glasgow) we called 'Bools' or 'Stanks' ; Bools was an open game , one against one, first to hit the others Bool won, Stanks was a complicated game using the manhole covers on the small drains around the schoolyard in which you had to get your marbles into a certain pattern on the holes that were in the drain covers. A standard marble was a 'bool' a large one was a 'taw' (worth about three to four bools) and the steelmaking works in Glasgow meant there were lots of 'steelies', ball bearings that increased in worth according to their size.

    This from "vanessa" in aus.tv:

    I can't believe how dopey we were in primary to actually believe that ball bearings (steelies) were marbles!! What a rip-off. I probably lost lots of nice marbles playing for ball bearings! I liked crystals myself - especially the large ones. Cats eyes were not highly valued; unless they were big ones. What is it about drains and marbles also? Our game was played along the length of the drain and it served as an excellent catchment for the marbles that others used to try to win the marble you had put up.

    (ed: I think I need a section that specialises only in marbles! We *are* considering a seperate "games" section but as yet haven't got round to it.)

    Case in point being the following sent in by Mike Winship. It really had to included verbatim!

    "On the playground were marked a tennis court and a football pitch. Where the posts for the tennis net would be were holes and the overlapping markings created a rectangular area around it, with the hole being in the centre. Players would take turns to roll their marble towards the hole. Whoever got theirs in first would then immediately be given a chance to roll their opponent's marble. This would then alternate with the winner being whoever got the remaining marble in the hole.

    There were various ridiculous rules and strategies that could be employed (like 'cagies', which allowed the non-rolling played to defend the hole with their hand) but ensuring you shouted 'nothing in the book except lines' before a match would put a stop to that ('Lines' meant that if a marble left the designated playing area it would be placed at the point where it left for the next turn, a bit like a football throw-in)

    All marbles had values and if you were to play against a better marble, you would have to beat the owner the corresponding amount of times in successive matches.

    Here is the marble heirachy:

  • Liggy (lowest - and smallest)
  • Cat's Eye
  • Chink
  • Oily
  • Steely
  • Piratey

    The sizes ranged: Liggy, normal, Penka, Queeny, Kingy. Therefore to win a standard Penka with , say, a Cat's Eye you'd have to play 'Twosie-Onesies' and beat them twice. It got more complicated if it was a Penka Oily Vs a Queeny Steely, or whatever.

    I was the undefeated champion for a while with a Kingy Piratey I won against the odds, until Karl Birchill beat me by cheating and swiftly pocketing the marble. I soon retired.

    Also, this was a seasonal game, as the tennis posts would appear in the summer. And people rarely played when it rained and dark matter filled the hole.


    c.f. alley, alley bomper etc... UK (NE)

    Marmite Driller n. Offensive term for homosexual male. f. Marmite being the thick brown yeast extract spread on toast and the like in the UK. Knowing this, the meaning of the term kind of speaks for itself. (similar to the unspeakable Vegemite of Australia). UK (Mid)

    mash n. to brew tea. f. brewing where the barley is left in hot water to "mash" UK (NE)

    maw (yer... ) n. pronounced, 'yer-maw' as in 'claw', this is a classic riposte when one's string of stand-by retorts has been exhausted. The always effective 'thing to say when there is nothing else to say' and in that way it is very much the supercalifragilisticexpealidocious of the scruffy playground. When stuck for a witty rejoinder merely resort to "Oh aye...yer maw" Eternal argument winner. Is often countered with subsequent elaborations "Aye...you're maw";"Yer fuckin' maw";and the endlessly creative and enigmatic "Aye...yer maw's baws!" (ed: for the unenlightened, maw = mother, baw = balls) c.f. baw heid UK

    maxi-gimp adj. an extreme version of a gimp c.f. gimp USA

    Matress Man n. Term denoting a particularly egregious form of wanker, At school during the summer they would leave the fire exit door at the end of the dining hall open for ventilation. Through it you could see the fire escape for one of the boarding houses. This house (North 'A') was traditionally known for its sexual deviancy (eg amongst its members it was prized to be invited to join the Ginger Pubes Club). One summer evening during the second sitting of dinner a commotion was caused as large numbers of diners were congregating by the door in awful fascination at the sight on the North 'A' fire escape. Paul Dunbar (or Pauly D- also used interchangeably with the more generic "Mattress Man"), having eaten in the first sitting had retired to the fire escape for a quick one off the wrist. In the throes of passion he chanced upon a discarded mattress leaning against the wall in the fire escape and vented his passions upon it fairly vigorously. Apart from half the school witnessing this so did most of the teachers who had to come over to see what was causing the commotion in the dining hall. Subsequently even they called him Mattress Man. Needless to say he left the school soon after. This was at The Leys in Cambridge. circa 1988 UK (SE)

    meat and two veg. n. male genitalia c.f. wedding tackle, family jewels, UK

    meaty n. Material ejected from the mouth consisting of a mixture of saliva and mucus, that contains a high proportion of mucus. In other words, Spit with a fair amount of snot in it. e.g. "I did a meaty on that prefect". c.f. meaty, semi-phlegmy, gob, snot circa. 1970's - 80's UK

    Mekon adj. derog. person with remarkably high forhead, bald person f. character in Dan Dare cartoon series, Eagle Comic circa 1950's+ cf. Teflon, Slap Head, Spam Head

    meff n. 1) dirty, smelly individual. 2) A vagrant. 3) person with disgusting habits f. possible derivative of methylated circa. 1980's UK (NW)

    Mega n Overused word that meant almost anything 'good' or 'great'. Can be used alone or with other words. circa. 1980's UK

    Melvin n cf. Wedgie UK

    Melvin n. v. A reverse wedgie. Pulling the frontside of someones underwear as high as possible, or until he screams and cries in pain. Usually given to wiseass kids who taunt older classmates. Can be especially painful if the person getting the melvin is wearing boxer shorts. cf. Wedgie circa. mid 1990's USA

    mental adj. 1) mad, insane. 2) stupid. 3) brilliant, marvellous. 4) bizarre, strange. 5) (of BMX accidents) extremely painful.) 6) loud, violent 7) mentalist, a mentler. cf. mentler

    mentalist n. someone considered to be a bit lacking in the brain department: i.e. "the lights are on but no-one's home.". Always more effective when used as part of the phrase, "You big spastic, you're a mentalist." cf. mental, mentler, bong, dimmock, spack, nutjob, joey, flid, mong, eppy, crip, div, bell-end UK (SWa)

    mentler n. A mental person. cf. mental, bong, dimmock, spack, nutjob, joey, flid, mong, eppy, crip, div, bell-end

    mercy n. A game similar to arm wrestling but carried out (usu.) standing with both hands linked until one party contorts the other into giving a pathetic scream for mercy cf. peanuts

    metal mouth! n. unkind name for someone wearing braces on their teeth cf. tin-grin, brace-face US

    metgod n. (pron. met-hod): a phrase used in celebration of a goal in a footy game in the schoolyard. Named after the Dutch striker from the world cup team from (pos.) the Mexico world cup. UK

    MGB's n. alternative name for "Jesus Boots" MGB = Moses Getaway Boots cf. Jesus Boots US

    mickey n. 375 ml. (13 oz.) bottle of liquor CAN

    miff n. female genitalia or pubic hair. used as "D'yer gerrany miff in that film?", or "Ey, I can see 'er miff!" etc. circa. 1970-80's UK (NW)

    miffed adj. to be (justifiably) annoyed UK (Wa)

    minge n. vagina UK

    minger (ming-er) n. (1) used to denote someone who is apparantly less favoured mentally than those taunting him/her (2) ugly (usu. female) Ali G. (uk "comedian") once described called royal polo pony Camilla Parker Bowles as a minger.. ) most used in London area circa. 1989 onwards UK

    mingey n. tightfisted, mean UK

    mingin(g) n. (1) smelly, disgusting, ugly, horrid, putrid, gross (2) adj. ugly: often applied to a swamp donkey 3) extremely drunk. UK (NW)

    minstrel n. Denotes a lad or set of lads that basically "sucked up", "arse licked" etc any or all of the most good looking girls in the school. The contributor says it was used because they said they used to serenade the girls with their lutes like Minstrels used to do in Tudor society. They used to say f-ing minstrels or lute players (often spelled as loot) . Really they were just jealous of one set of popular lads, but it was funny. He also said his best mate was one of those lads and he still sometimes call him it today if he is chatting up a bird. Used around Halifax & West Yorkshire in the UK circa. 1992 UK (NE)

    mint, mintox, mont adj. excellent. circa. 1970's-to date UK (NW)

    mitch n. be absent from school without permission cf. skive off, slam off, truant (play), bunk off, wag

    mo n. a homosexual UK (SE)

    moh n. a person who is bald, The word is pronounced like the "mo" in "moth". The action associated with this word is less violent than the slap: the perpetrator covers the victim's 'slap' (forehead) with his hand, palm inwards, and utters the word "MmmmmmmmmOH" in a loud voice, while pushing the victim backwards. However, rapid tapping of the finger-tips on the 'slap' can also be used to perpetrate this assault.

    A sub-varient of this involves the perpetrator holding his hand in a way that suggests knocking at a door, and making a knocking motion, while saying the word. This may be done by wags sitting at the back of a class being taken by a "chrome-dome" (bald teacher, gender non-specific), or in a hallway behind a teacher that you know that if you say it often enough, they'll start to cry. cf. slaphead, chrome dome UK (I. of Man)

    mob n. variation of hide and seek, where the hiders have to try and touch the 'mobbing post' (lampost) without getting caught and shouting "Mob!" cf. blocky, blockie 1-2-3

    moger n. (def. added verbatim): 'moger' (pronounced, mo -[as in 'go']- ger) exceptionally and consistantly stupid person;naturally stupid;most likely 'slow' (i.e.mental) one step beyond mongo. This was used most commonly in relation to poor girl they knew called Moore and who was therefore 'Moger Moore'.It was weeks before I found out her real first name. UK (Scot)

    moggis n. moose-based sculpture made at lunchtime by trying to fit as much of one's packed lunch into the moose as possible and then eating it. (ed: ok, but what was a moose??) UK (SE)

    Mohican Cut adj. Named after the hairstyle of a Native American Tribe, the Mohican Cut was originally (and still is) a form of haircut in which the hair on both sides of the head are cut very high in order to leave a strip a few centimetres wide running from front to back. A form of this has always been popular with punks etc who also dye it garish colours. Lately however with the advent of 'high-cut' swimwear for women, the name has been applied to the remnants of the womans pubic hairs after they have been cut back to avoid the dread phenomenon known as "spiders legs". cf. spiders legs UK

    mojo (1) n. Black penny chew. cf. hojo-mojo

    mojo (2) n. sexual totem, good luck charm, voodoo emblem. Usually worn round the neck in form of necklace. cf. hojo-mojo

    molson muscle n. potbelly f. Molson - a Canadian brand of beer. CAN

    mong, mongol, mongoloid n. derog. 1) A person (usu. a child) with the appearance of someone suffering from Downs syndrome. 2) An excessively stupid or unpleasant person. Note: spew mong, an exeptionally unpleasant person.

    mong, n. Mild term of rebuke for someone being particularly 'slow' or not following the flow of conversation. (Mostly because said person had been smoking weed and was too stoned to keep up.). A (happy and chilled) stoned person, From Mongol, or mongoloid e.g. someone suffering from downs syndrome, a happy idiot. Someone not too quick on the uptake. circa. 1994 - 98 UK (EA)

    monged adj. stoned, wasted and/orpissed UK (Scot)

    mongoose n. An expensive and highly desirable model of BMX bicycle c. 1983

    monkey bars n. Playground apparatus comprising two parallel steel pipes welded together by crossbars, bent to form a table-like shape, with heights ranging from 4'-7'. Children would swing from the crossbars and attempt to cross from one side to the other without falling., Known in parts of the US as a "jungle gym". cf. red rover UK

    monkey grip n. The accepted grip used in red rover consisting of an interlocking of fingers, with the fingernails of each hand digging into the fingers of the other. cf. red rover

    monkey rush n. Alternative form of 'goalie-when'. Any player can be keeper when in the area but had to shout to signify he was changing to keeper. This was a cause of much argument. Also allowed to players on the same team to keep throwing the ball at each other & catching it, if they could shout fast enough, cf. goalie-when UK

    monkey scrub n. "game" where you grap a school-mate and get him in a headlock, before rubbing your knuckles up and down his skull. Painful. "I got him and gave him a monkey scrub until his eyes watered.". circa. 1984-89 UK (Mid)

    Monkey Tails n. Playground game taking place with skipping ropes tucked into the waistband of your trousers. Involves person who is deemed to be "on" trying to step on the monkey tails of fleeing pupils and detach them. Game ends when last monkey is "tail-less". UK (Mid)

    mono n. cycling trick involving lifting the front wheel of a bicycle off the ground and ride only on the back wheel - to "chuck a mono", or "pop a mono". Aus.

    monz adj. Used to describe a person of low standing. A person who is uncool or commands little or no respect from others. A social reject., He is such a MONZ. What does that MONZ want now? UK

    moose n. A very ugly girl cf. beast, swamp donkey UK

    morning glory n. the erection men get when they wake UK

    muff n. female genitals, female pubic hair, esp when related to performing oral sex on a female, e.g. "chinning the muff" cf. muff diving UK

    muff diving n. oral sex performed on a female cf. muff UK

    muffy n. to break wind, fart, e.g. 'Who let Muffy off the chain?' exclaimed after an anonymous fart to discover the perpetrator. Sometimes abbreviated to 'Who muffed?', We* used this expression frequently in Primary School. However, by Secondary school, it seemed to have dropped from our vocabulary. Most likely that was due to our fading interest in random bodily functions, and our increased interest in the opposite sex! cf. air biscuit, SBD, guff, fart circa. . 1990 - 93 Aus. (VIC)

    mullet n. type of haircut: short on top (possibly spiky) and long at the back. cf. fish bits

    mun n. derog. Welsh "non-hippy" version of 'man', e.g. "Wassup mun. 'Ew looks like 'ew lost a fiver and found a tanner??" UK (Wa)

    munch the trunch n. oral sex performed on a man f. munch on the truncheon - alluding to the shape of the penis. UK

    mung n. (1) Used quite frequently back in the 1950's. Purported to be the nastiest substance on earth consisting of a mixture of assorted bodily fluids and solids together with fetid pus from a dead man's ear. Political correctness prevents us from describing the ethnic background of the man (ed: ???). The word was used as an insult and was incorporated into a kind of musical ditty sung thus: "You eat MUNG and bark at the moon." Usually "fighting words"!!(2) currently used on the internet to indicate a confusion or deliberate attempt to deceive (usually in relation to an e-mail address or other identification details). circa. (1) 1950's (2) 1990'ish onwards US

    mungous adj. enormous, huge f. humungeous cf. macca

    munter n. derog. a very unattractive female (often accomp. by "squealing". occas. used in rel. to a male, but unusual. UK (SE)

    muppet adj. To describe someone mad and wacky, or stupid ie you are such a muppet. f. The late Jim Henson's "Muppets - mad, zany puppets who had their own show for many years and also played a huge role in the success of Sesame Street.. UK

    murder ball n. game: several versions

    (1) Played in the Bristol area of UK. Simliar to rugby, i.e. involved getting a ball into the opositions goal by any means. This meant that the person with the ball was fair game for any type of attack levelled at him, but a man without the ball was safe. In theory. Sometimes played with a medicine ball which makes it difficult to throw or pass, which means you have to get the ball across your opponent's line by brute force alone.

    (2) A game played with a tennis ball, although golfballs were sometimes used when revenge was called for. At the start of the game the players were all lined up in front of a wall. The ball was then thrown against the wall. If you caught or picked up the ball you could throw it against the wall again but you had to remain where you were. If you were hit by the ball, dropped it, threw a ball that hit the ground before it hit the wall or threw a ball over the wall, then you had to stand in front of the wall and were a target for anyone throwing the ball against the wall. If you were "on the wall" and you caught the ball you got to rejoin the others throwing the ball against the wall. The game was played in whatever time was available to do so. UK

    mush n. (1) Swansea equivalent to butty. Pronounced a bit like "push"... with an 'm', e.g. "Alright mush?! "Aye, tidy like!". (2) face (a more general use, e.g. to be "smacked in the much" was to be hit in the face.) cf. UK (Wa)