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obs
Obstruction in pat-ball, where a dim child would stumble into the field of play thus obtructing one from a fair play at the ball. Similar to "let" in tennis, but without the rackets. More…
off ground touch
A way of avoiding becoming "it" by being off ground when being touched or tagged. To avoid the boredom when everyone stood on the school wall (at St.Joseph's RC Primary School, More…
ollie, ollie oxenfree
Used in the 1930s or '40s I believe; something children called out to one another, while playing tag? The contributor has always wanted to know what this means, and probably misspelled it. More…
on
Used instead of 'it' in our playground (i.e. the seeker in hide-and-seek, the tagger in tag, etc.). I have also heard that other playgrounds use different words, but can't recall any of More…
one bounce beats
Group Ball game, where the last person who lets the ball touch the floor twice recieves a short, brutal round of no holding back beating from opponents. Sometimes the game consumes the More…
one hand one bounce
Bastardised form of cricket where the ball can be caught after bouncing once, as long as it is with one hand. =circa 1980's, UK
onkers
Horse chestnut seeds - i.e. conkers. The cry "Any any onkers..." was a ritual in the right season. It meant "Who wants a game of conkers?" This is a ludicrously archaic chant and More…
orange balls
A part of a cruel little game played in the playground. It consisted of a good few kids. All the kids would put their arms around each other until they were in a ring. Then they would More…
order in the court
A 'silence' game. Order in the court! The monkey wants to talk! First one to talk is the monkey! Usually followed by a strained silence till some child could last no longer, and spoke . More…