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

paddy n. 1) benny/eppy 2) the state of being one adopts on becoming irate 3) any irish person

paddy wagon n. a police car or van used to round up offenders. f. the Irish have a fearful reputation for being hellraisers when drunk, As such, they were often the target of the police when rounding up suspected trouble makers. So much so that people began to associate the vans the police rounded up irish revellers in with the generic 'slang' name for an Irish person - Paddy (from Patrick), hence paddy wagon. c.f. Black Mariah UK

pads n. Female sanitaryware. Used to insult males: "Get your pads off", "You pad wearer" cf. hammock, jamrag

pagga n. schoolyard fight or brawl involving lots of people

"Patsy Palmer and her five daughters", (meeting..... ) n. Male asturbation (i.e. use of the palm and five fingers). The term is very old, but came back into general use fairly recently, inspired by the actress Patsy Palmer who played Bianca in BBC soap EastEnders. UK (SE)

palsy n. person who acted retarded or stupidly, or who was clumsy

pants n. something that us "rubbish" or "crap"

panwit n. generally brainless, stupid f. Pan = without. Wit = intellect UK (NE)

paro n. Used to describe intoxication, usually followed by an insult, (eg "You paro bastard") however, often in jest and good natured humour. Comes from "Paralytically comatose". NZ

pash v. A kiss, a long passionate kiss. c.f. suck face AU

pat-ball n. squash for kids without rackets, squash balls or a squash court. Teams would take turns with 'lives' lost. UK (NE)

pax, paxies n. Used in playground games. Players cross fingers and yell pax to make them safe from being tagged. c.f. faynights, fainites barley UK (NE)

peanut n. (1) A person with an oval, peanut shaped head. (2) A person who has recently received a haircut 3) grasping someones tie with two hands and pushing the knot so tight it resembled a peanut and could only be removed by your mother cutting it off with a pair of scissors. (3) Repeatedly hit somebody on the crown of the head with one's knuckles, as if one were knocking vigorously upon a door. useage "to peanut" or "to give a peanut",

peanuts (1) n. the one handed version Peanut - pulling someone's tie up as tightly as possible until the knot resembles a peanut.

peanuts (2) n. a game where two people stand face on and interlock the fingers of each hand. They then try to bend or twist the opponents fingers till the pain is so much he/she has to shout peanuts. If they don't then the game continues. Its great! cf. mercy UK (SE)

peanut smuggler n. girl not wearing a bra, e.g. for swimming lessons (or wearing a sheer bra under a thin blouse) so her nipples can be seen pushing through her clothing. Boys find this insanely sexy. Aus

pearler adj. brilliant, e.g. "That was a pearler of a goal by Giggs!". UK (Wa)

pearl necklace (give someone a .... ) v. results of oral sex (with withdrawal on ejaculation) and subsequent deposit of semen on face and neck of recipient. 1980's AU

pear shaped adj. Out of control; crazy; fucked-up, or to describe it another way, it's the results of a well thought out plan which has gone wrong, i.e. "It's all gone pear shaped!", UK (S)

peg, peg it v. to run away, e.g. "Peg it. He's nails he is!" UK (Wa)

pencil n. penis. esp. long skinny one UK

pencil dick n. insulting term - self explanatory US

pencil sharpener, n. vagina, female "naughty bits" cf. pencil (sharpen your... ) UK (SE)

pencil (sharpen your...) v. sexual intercourse f. put your pencil in the pencil sharpener (contrubutor says this term in common use by children of ages 8 - 10) cf. pencil, pencil sharpener UK (SE)

penny n. To drop a penny into someone's drink means that they have to down it in one. If you penny someone who has already been pennyed then you also have to down your drink. If you miss with the penny you have to down your drink. Leads to bottles of winr being finished before the starter has been served (ed: I wonder what they've called it since the currency went decimal?), UK (SE)

(errr...) periods n. general expression of disgust uttered when male pupils encountered spilt bottle of Tizer, strawberry milkshake, red biro ink, red paint etc. f. obvious (if childish) connection with menstruation and the magically dangerous superstitions it has carried for males far back into the depths of social history. UK (SE)

periods n. The name used to describe a set length of time for a class e.g. "first period 9:00 to 9:45 Maths". Source of obvious punning amusement for pre-pubescent boys. UK (SE)

perve (to... ) v. to watch girls whilst fantasising about them. An example of this sort of behaviour is old men (i.e. over 30) who position themselves strategically (for example near shop counters or staircases) so they can look down girls blouses or up their skirts when they bend forwards or climb to look at goods on sale etc. UK

pervert n. used in general conversation as a simple insult circa. often used between '86-92 from an early age, despite the fact none of us knew what it actually meant until about 91 UK

Pete Tong (going/gone a bit... ) n. Degenerating situation, e.g. "It's all gone a bit Pete Tong.", f. Pete Tong, a Radio 1 DJ in the UK who presented a house/garage/dance- music show on Friday nights (a pre-club get-ready show, then), and this was the catchphrase used in the adverts for his show. I think he meant it as "it's all gone a bit wild", bit it's since been changed to mean "it's all gone wrong" (prob. along the lines of Cockney Slang,). circa. late 1990's UK (W)

pez, pezzy n. adj. roughly analogous to crap, rubbish etc. eg "Your BMX is Pezzy". The word derives form 'peasant', so someone who owned something 'pezzy'was naturally a PEZ. circa. 1980's UK (Mid)

phat n. great - Matt Poitras tells us this was an acronym for "Pretty Hot And Tempting" and is slowly chaging its meaning. US

piggy-back, pick-a-back, n. to carry someone on your back. They wrap their legs around your waist and arms round your neck. UK

piggy-back fighting n. Playground mayhem. Where two or more pairs of piggy-back kids would fight each other - the object being to pull the top kid off or the pair of them over. Cuts, bruises and the occasional broken limb ensued - great fun. (ed: hurt my back badly doing this when I was a kid and have had a "bad back" ever since). UK

pikey adj. tramp, dosser, one who wears old clothes or someone will stoop to pick up a 2p coin from a street c.f. felt UK

Pilch n. An affectionate nickname for someone called Richard. f. abbr. Pilchard

Pilch n. derog. name for someone thought to be bahaving childishly, or "like a baby" f. pilcher - artricle of baby clothing used to cover or contain cloth nappy/diaper

pill n. the ball (in soccer) UK (M)

pile-on, piley-on n. game: always widely announced by shouting "Pile-On!" which brought everybody running to jump on the pile of legs and arms which would accrue after only seconds. A varient of this wonderful game would involve pointing at large metal, electricity carrying structures and asking the victim "Whats that?", with obvious results (pylon). Guaranteed to reduce the weedyest kids to tears. Popular on people's birthdays and at the end of term. Often the end result of a "game" of British Bulldog c.f. British Bulldog, Bundle UK (Mid)

pillow biter n. a male homosexual f. (supposedly the pain (or ecstasy?) of anal intercourse causing the receiver to bite the pillow UK (NE)

pinch-punch n. "game" in which victim was pinched and punched anywhere within reach as 1) a celebration of their birthday, in which case the torture was repeated once for each year of their age. 2) a commemoration of the beginning of each month as in "pinch-punch first of the month" accompanied by pinches and blows. cf. bumps, dumps

pips n. a shout" whereby anyone smelling a fart would spread his fingers, press his thumb to his nose and shout "Pips!". The last person in the group to perform the ritual was supposed to "swallow" the fart. circa. 1980's UK (S)

piss-catchers n. "Polyveldt" shoes, probably from Clark's. Had this strange plateau on the upper, rimmed by a horseshoe-shaped ridge - perfect for becoming a miniature lake of piss.

pish n. crap, rubbish, balderdash, as in "You're talking pish". Also used is the term "pish posh" UK

piss face adj. An insulting term. f. PISS + FACE

piss flaps n. labia cf. fanny flaps

piss pants n. someone who has or is believed to have soiled their clothing with urine. UK (SE)

pizza-face n. 1) spotty kid 2) kid with rampant acne

plastered n. drunk out of ones mind CAN

platinum n. beautiful, special, or just great, USA. Verb. Molly Ringwald used it all the time. circa. 1980's USA

playing-it-safe n. Used to describe the selection of a safe manouvre in preference to a more dangerous choice. CAN

pleb adj. idiot, fool, braindead moron c.f. plebian UK

pocket billiards adj. used to descibe the actions associated with stimulating male genitalia through the trouser pockets . UK

pocket pool adj. used to descibe the actions associated with stimulating male genitalia through the trouser pockets UK

pocket rocket n. an erection f. I need to explain where the name originated? Really? UK

poes n. female genitalia and sexual area, cunt. For example "He's just a doos. You poesface", i.e. "He's just a cunt, cunt face". cf. Both doos and poes mean "cunt" in afrikaans. These are often used though Afrikaans words for the penis are almost never used by anglophones, strangely enough. The word, and others like it (borrowed) are pronouced not as in english but in an anglophonised version of the afrikaans word. S. Africa

ponce n. 1. derogatory word for an effeminate male homosexual 2. (trad.) male living off earnings of prostitute 3. thief/scrounger (possibly emanating from UK TV programmes such as "The Sweeney") UK (Mid)

poon-tang adj. vagina, also used as "dude you are a poon"(scared) usually said with dislike c.f. punani USA

pooftah, poofter n. a homosexual

poot v. to break wind softly and subtely USA

pootache n. A particularly disgusting "game" where you wipe your finger along the crack of your arse, then creep up behind someone and wipe it across their top lip. US

Popmatic n. any game in which the dice were enclosed in a clear plastic dome which was pushed down and then sprung back with a pop and threw the dice

port n. school satchel f. pos. abbrev. portmanteau AUS

posting n. each of someones legs held by a different person, then the victim slammed into the metal post of the boys cloakroom, (reportedly the best contraceptive ever). UK

(to...) pot n. to break, kill: e.g. "Went out with the air rifle and potted a few birds. "Used my sling on a few windows... managed to pot a few!!". f. prob. in relation to bagging game for the (cooking) 'pot' UK

pounceable adj. sexually desirable USA

pov, povvo n. Similar to a "gippo" or a "piker", but far, far worse. A pov is easily recognised by a home-done hair cut, supermarket trainers, an ear stud at the age of eight and a permanent smell such as that of mushy peas, cheese or even urine. (ed: a girl matching most of this description used to work with me on an ice cream van I once had - but she didn't smell bad and was a really, really, really nice girl and I loved her heaps!! I wonder where she is now?) c.f. pikey, gippo UK

pranny adj. A foolish person, a dur-brain: Used for example, as "fuck off, pranny!". Obviously had very vague sexual undercurrent, as sounded a bit like 'fanny'., For some reason, a kid at my school called Julian Van Santen was the prime recipient of the "pranny" epithet, to the extent that his name was changed to Julian Van Pranny. One day, during double French, he was taunted with this name with such regularity that he threw a "benny" in the middle of the lesson. Startled, the teacher launched into a lengthy and ferocious diatribe, the subject matter of which rambled wildly from Malcolm South (the main pranny-taunter), to the local rugby club (Amersham), to the then-current news story about a taxi driver who was murdered by a breeze block dropped on his car from an overhead bridge as a punishment for giving lifts to "scabs" during the Miner's Strike. I occasionally ponder the meaning of this outburst still, but this was the only occasion I can remember when a teacher calmed a rowdy class by bewildering them into silence. (ed: def. entered verbatim) UK (NE)

prat n. 1) An excessively stupid or unpleasant person. 2) misinterpreted term of abuse at West Lodge Middle School, Pinner, Middlesex in late- '70s, where rumour circulated that it was the proper scientific term for "a pregnant fish". Hence common playground dialogue: "You prat!". "Fuck off, I am not a pregnant fish" (ed: Caroline tells me the name for a pregnant goldfish is actually 'twit'. Does anyone agree??) UK (SE)

prick n. adj. derog 1) penis 2) an excessively unpleasant or uncouth character 3) work used for someone who is 'not in the group' - a bit of an outsider UK (NE)

prick-teaser n. a girl who promises sexual favours but doesn't actually "come across" with them UK

Prisoner Ball n. A needlessly violent game much beloved by primary school children until it went the way of Bulldogs and was banned. Played on a netball court, 2 teams would face each other in the end thirds of the court. A tennis ball (or cricket ball for the really hard people) would be thrown from one end to the other in an attempt to hit a member of the opposing team. Those hit became prisoners of the other team and stood in the opposition's end of the court, in the semicircle at the end. They would then try to recapture the ball for their team - if they succeeded in catching it they would run back to their end of the court, as the opposite team used any means possible to stop them escaping., I both loved and hated this. Being a crap shot didn't help, but after the inevitable capture and bruising, I could run like hell to escape beatings from my friends. Too many people got hurt at my primary school, and we were confined to playing rounders - nowhere near as good. UK

prolly cont. dimunition of 'probably UK

pukka adj. authentic, good e.g. "Have a pukka day.". not slang as such - transposed indian word used incorrectly UK (NE)

Pull My Finger v. Something, usually done by males (often an uncle or such), and when you pull his finger he lets loose with a loud fart. Usually "Pull my finger" resulted in chaotic childhood panic, with the person who was asked to do it running away shrieking. USA

puff n. life... as in "I've never seen anything like that in all my puff!" UK

puke n., v. vomit, to vomit cf. chuck, chunder, spill-yer-guts, UK

pull v. to persuade someone to "go out". For example, "When I was younger I really pulled the birds" UK

pull (... yourself) v. masturbate Aus, UK

punani n. (1) Vagina, as in (ride the punani) (2) Regarding something of high value, (dat good punani bro,) c.f. punda 1) UK (Mid)

punda n. 1) really great 2) female genitalia 2) f. pudenda 1) UK (SE) 2) (UK Wa)

Punk, ted or mod? question asked by big kids to smaller kids. The wrong response (any) would elicit a punch, although the younger kid could be let off by shouting "Smurf!" UK (W)

puntie-up v. like tossing the caber only using a human UK (Sc)

puntang, pune n. vagina, USA

puntang juice, pune juice) n. liquid from a vagina, USA

purple headed yoghurt slinger n. penis USA

purple nurple, purple herbie n. Punishment that consists of pinching and twisting the victims (usu. male) nipple violently. UK (M)

pussy n. 1) weakling 2) female genitalia

pussy-in-the-corner n. A version of tag or "chase" played inside playground sheds ("shelter sheds") in Australia. The corners were safe spaces, and players who were not "he" would call out to switch places from these corners while the one who was "he" was chasing others. It was considered obligatory to attempt to switch as often as possible. If caught, one then became "he"., circa. 1960 - 70 AUS