Dictionary of Playground Slang (Online)

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To do remarkably well at something, e.g. "I aced that test!".

Source: circa 1960's, UK (SE)
  1. adj.

    Wonderful, first class, "cool", really good. Originated probably with being 'number one'.

    Source: circa 1940's, UK (SE)
  2. abbr.

    Acronym for "A. C.rap E.ffort". Term is used to alienate kids who said "ace". People who originally used "ace" to mean "good" suddenly found that the word had been redefined to mean "crap". This was resulted in the total removal of the word "ace" from the school vocabulary because everyone was confused as to the meaning.

    Source: circa 1990's, UK (NE)
acid drops

(1) type of sour sweet made from boiled sugar and flavourings.

(2) an acerbic comment made about a third party.

Source: circa current, UK
acid head

One heavily into the use of LSD.

See also: lsd
acid house

The dance 'craze' that was a forerunner of the 'rave' but fuelled by the drug LSD rather than Ecstacy.

Source: circa 1980's, UK

LSD (Lysergic acid diethyl amide).

See also: lucy
  1. n.

    When playing cards (invariably for lunch money) the 'Acker' was the name commonly used for Aces.

    Source: circa 1980's, UK
  2. n.


  3. n.

    A person with no style or class

  4. n.

    Someone from the local council estate (Hard to believe kids were such snobs!). Used in Basingstoke (home of ackers) but may have been invented by the contributor and his sister. Through moving away from home now believed to have spread to London and North East. Recently more commonly used to describe anyone seen spitting/puking in the street, picking things out of bins or anyone exhibiting general prolateriat behaviour. The term originated in Somerset, England where it denotes a 'friend' or 'mate' which is where the entertainer 'Acker Bilk' got his name from! (ed: my apologies to the great Acker Bilk - for months if not years I thought he had carked it. Seems he is not only alive, well and still performing, but received an MBE a year or two ago - oops!)

    Source: circa. pre-1950's, UK (SW)

Combination of 'act' and 'right'.

Source: circa 1990's, USA

Kids who attach poles to the front axle of their bikes so they can bounce up and down on the front wheel - a bit like a pogo stick on steroids.

Source: circa 1970's, UK
act dumb

An activity practiced mostly by females who are trying to ensure their male partners aren't aware that they are in fact more intelligent than them. The easiest way to do this is to pretend to know nothing and be unable to perform the simplest tasks.

Source: circa 1950's, UK, USA
Adams Ale

Water. (ed: extensive definition this one!)

See also: council pop
Source: circa, archaic, UK

Adverts; i.e. those noisy sales pitches that appear *just* at the crucial part of a film on the tv. Now usually lasting long enough to let you make tea or coffee... grr...

Source: UK, USA, well everywhere really.

A nineteenth century word meaning angry or agitated.

Source: circa 1800's+, UK
aerial ping pong

Australian Rules Football in which players often make huge leaps into the air to hit the ball towards a player with a scoring chance.

Source: circa 1940's - current, AUS
aeroplane blonde

Girl with bleached/blonde hair but who still has a 'black box'.

Source: circa 2000, AUS

A style of haircut based around the tight curls of traditional african hair. When the hair has grown and is well 'teased' it forms a large halo or 'bush like' growth on the head. This style has been adopted by white people as well and in that guise is often referred to as a curly perm.

Source: circa 1970's - 90's, UK, USA

The 'sweet' course of a meal.

Source: circa archaic, UK (Wal.)

An event. Little gatherings of people, generally your friends and friends of friends, that occur after the bars close.

Source: circa 1950's onwards, UK

Contraction of afternoon.

See also: arfo, avvy
Source: circa 1950's, UK (NE)
aggots, agates

Testicles. Used as "Tom was kicked in the aggots during a game of footy.", which means Tom was kicked in his testicles during the game of football.

(ed: had lots of comments informing me that aggots should read 'agates'(i.e. stones). I just tellem as I gettem! - but amended it for all that)

Source: circa 1990's, UK (NE)