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that you're not sure if they were local, regional or national, because you haven't heard them used since.
for a ginger person. Not sure on spelling, but that is how we pronounced it. Gyppo for people who were cheapskates, or wore cheap clothes. I feel bad about that, I didn't realise it was short for gypsy. Same with any varion on spastic really.
Pikey though was far and away the most used of all the derogatory terms in my youth. spanned the range from actual gypsies to people who lived on council estates to a shit piece of clothing.
didn't read the whole OP, thought we were just listing the terms.
can't think of any too regional ones from mine. grew up on the commuter belt which is so blandly unregional that I'm sure there must be a regional term for how unregional that bit of the country is.
meffin/pure meff - i never used this one but i'm fairly sure it was just one that someone made up and it spread to every school i newcastle, much like 'ladgeful'
it means like rank or disgusting
ladgeful was a synonym of shan
also screff, which seemed to be a meffy kid.
(usually either tied to a tree or on the loose)
like throwing a paddy or having the bod on or being a mardy arse
"Sheep shagger" was very popular
A really odd one, in hindsight.
An ableist one this time!
Spaz was *the* word to use.
or the full version, Joey Deacon.
After Blue Peter's well intentioned but ultimately doomed attempt to introduce the youth of Britain to the life of a man with Cerebral Palsy.
or playground, and go "A-con, B-con, C-con, D-con...D-con! Deacon! Ugghhmmmff!!!" and run around doing Joey impressions.
God I miss being a teacher.
But over the years I've realised it was absolutely every kid in the country who was of an age to be watching Blue Peter at the time.
I remember going to university & being delighted one of my new halls mates calling someone a Joey in my first week there. We've been best mates for 29 years now.
although I did hear that the other day for the first time in ages
for a ginger person
for when something is rubbish
as in "Lee's a biff," "stop being a massive biff Lee." I think it had connotations of disability. Pretty much interchangeable with Belm.
were always descried as 'mockit'.
also, ugly kids = hacket.
We had 'Joeeyyyy' along with facial expressions/ticks to mean people with celebral palsy. I think you have to be a particular age bracket (i.e. in primary school in the 80s) to understand this. I didn't really get to watch television so I didn't understand the cultural reference.
Looing back, I do wonder if childhood was designed to be an elaborate training ground for adulthood, which seems to be a comparative breeze for many.
both terms applied to supposedly posh people
surely everyone said that.
for anyone suspected, with or without the slightest justification, of being homosexual. For example: "Are you a bender tied to a tree/in a cage?" "No." "Arrgghh, bender on the loose."
Pretty sure this one was unique to my primary school. We had a girl called Nicola who had a speech defect & pronounced her own name as "Nitler". She also used to spit/dribble when she talked. Being the caring sensitive souls that children generally are we called her Spitler, which subsequently became the default term of abuse for anyone who was a bit of a "spaz".
when you slapped someone on the forehead (also something called "spamming") it was called "a moston" or "moston-ing". later, folk would just call everyone a "moston" to refer to someone who left their forehead unguarded all the time.
no idea the origin of the term either. just turned up in my class one day.
Was our equivalent of "chinny reckon". If you thought someone was lying you stroked an imaginary beard & said "Sure Benj". No idea who Benj was. The more they lied, the longer the imaginary beard got until you ended up running all the way to the other side of the room or playground to get to the end of it.