Dictionary of Playground Slang (Online)

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E, ecstacy

Drug: Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also) MDMA used mainly as part of the techno and acid house dance scene. Can caused dangerous levels of dehydration which have led to the deaths of many users. Also linked to early onset Parkinsons Disease.

Source: circa 1980's - 190's

Eighties Live Forever. Used to describe someone who has not yet moved on from plaid and other fashion don'ts. "That guy is such an ELF!".

Source: circa 1990's, UK
eating out

Oral sex performed on a female by a male (usually)

Source: circa 1980's - 2000, USA, UK

Rain gutter on the eaves (edge of the roof) of a house.

(ed: err... is this slang??)

Source: CAN

Teenage girls who regularly entice boys into sexual situations then back out at the last possible moment. Similar to prick tease, but used specifically for this sort of girl. (ed: in Wales a virgin is a girl who had it once and didn't like it!)

See also: prickteaser
Source: circa 1990's, UK (N)
edgie, ejji

Derogatory term for a poor and unkempt person. Suggests the person receives education benefits. Pertains particularly to cheap school uniforms dished out to kids whose parents couldn't afford decent ones. Consequently it was vitally important to buy blazers etc which were sufficiently different to 'Edgie' uniforms.

Source: circa 1990's, UK (Mid)
edgy (to keep ...)

Call made by the 'lookout person' when others were up to no good. For example, if you're breaking into a house, and a car pulls in the drive way, the lookout person(who would be keeping edgy) who shout, "Edgy" and everyone would know to run. To keep 'Edgy' you are the look out person, you will warn anyone else you are with.

Source: circa 1990's, UK (Scot)

Unbelievable. usu. used as an insult and combined with ferocious rubbing of the chin (a la Jimmy Hill), usually administered to some kid who says his dad plays for Liverpool. Mark Skinner says it was used by his sister a lot when he told her she was a moose!.

(ed: can't think why??)

Source: circa 1980 - 1984, UK (NW)

Squealing exclamation uttered when someone unwittingly makes a comment which could be interpreted as being of homosexual in nature, or if a pupil (or teacher) of questionable sexuality walked into the room.

See also: naaarse
Source: UK (SE)

Idiot. Term popularised by annoying Irish expatriot television and radio 'personality' Terry Wogan.

Source: circa 1990's, UK

(1) A useless or underwhelming thing.

(2) general sarcastic exclamation.

Source: UK
egg bound

To be constipated due to eating too many eggs. Included, because it's such a nice word - regardless of whether eggs DO cause constipation or not.

It's been suggested that the term "Egg bound" is used when a bird cannot deliver her egg - usually resulting in death to the poor bird. Which fits with the slang term and doesn't require eggs to cause one to be constipated... so there ya go!

Source: circa 1800's +, UK

Derogatory term for any teacher with a complete lack of hair on top but still hanging onto a rim of hair round the sides and back. Used to excellent effect behind the teachers back but almost fatal if used in the line of fire.

Source: circa 2000, UK

(1) really good, marvellous (exclamation)

(2) being irritated on a minor scale.


Chant to accompany a playground fight.


Used as an agreement and/or ending to a question. For example, "How's it goin eh?", or "Thats a pretty nice touque eh?"

Source: circa 1990's, CAN
eight ball

One eighth of an ounce of cocaine.

Source: circa 1990's, USA
eighteen holers

The highest-ranking of hard boots, due to its having the most lace holes.

See also: air wear

Stupid, lame, crap person. Used as "You elm". This may have been specific to the contributors school as it started the summer they cut down all the Elm trees thanks to Dutch Elm Disease, and their field was left with stumps of rotting trees... an obvious name for someone useless, then.

Source: circa 1977, UK (SM)

Toilet. Play on words i.e. Elton 'John' ('John' being the slang for a toilet in the USA)

See also: john
Source: circa 1980's, UK