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budge
This was a 'tig' game with the added twist of using the manhole covers in the steeet as safe areas. There was one person doing the tigging and the rest were able to run around avoiding being More…
bugsy
When playing 'it', or spreading the 'lurgy' you would cross your fingers and shout Bugsy. This meant you could not be caught or you couldn't catch the lurgy. =circa 1990's UK, (SE)
bullrush
Bullrush is one of the most popular playground games in NZ. It consists of two teams, one lined up on one side of the field, and the other scatterd in the middle. The team in the middle More…
bumps
Birthday game where victim was held spreadeagled by arms and legs raised in the air and dropped such that their buttocks struck the floor with force. One bump was administered for each More…
bus driver
Used in sports, mostly in isolation situations (one on one) in basketball, American football, and baseball (usually in strikeout situations. You call the prevailing player a "bus More…
busta, buster
A jerk, a no-gooder, someone who is stupid, or a hypocrite. =UK
button button
Old game played by contributor as a youngster, as in "Button, button here comes mother. Another contributor writes: I remember this as a game for little children. The children would More…
cancer foot
Describes a person who has had a shot at goal, resulting in the ball swerving off five miles away from the goal - i.e. "misses by a country mile". =UK
cartwheels
Boys game using girls. Involved encouraging or daring girls in skirts or dresses to do handstands so you could see their underwear. John asks us to point out that in his experience as a More…
casey
A proper leather football. Size 5 caseys were the things to have. Required someone's dad to have a funny little adapter for the bike pump. Invariably no-one's dad did, and the ball would More…
catch a girl, freak a girl
Game played by both sexes (usu.). Works best with even number of males and females. Boys are always "it". Rules are straightforward. The girls disperse and hide and boys try to find More…
cats cradle
Complex patterns made out of a loop of string wrapped in varying configurations around the fingers. See also: 'lastics, french elastic =UK
cherry picking
Common term used when playing Street Hockey. The act of loitering well behind the defense when the puck is all the way back in your own end and you should be playing defense. Instead you More…
chicken
Game of dare where one is supposed to carry out some act of extreme stupidity. =UK
chicken scratch
Game where somone one prove how hard they are by scratching away at an area of their skin til it bled. God knows why!. See also: hard =circa 1980's, UK (NE)
china
Marble: an opaque mainly white version See also: alley, enner, bosherking =alley, enner, bosher, king etc... UK
chinese haircut
As kids, and even now as old farts, you would get a long stalk of grass, the type with the seeds in a bunch at the top. The seeds would then be removed by gripping the stalk at the base More…
chug-a-lug
Chug-a-lug was a game played with some drinkable, but gross tasting liquid. Everyone would sit in a circle with the drink in the middle. Someone would name an object starting with 'A'. The More…
cocky-ollie
A game, much te same as On the Hob, where one person was 'on the hob' and had to find the rest of the players who had hidden but if one of the hidden players could get back to the hob More…
coffin (the...)
The school canteen where meals of unutterable awfulness were served on a regular basis. =UK (Wa)