Slang Entry # 21 - Sally

Sally noun a chilled, twelve ounce can of beer US, 2002

Sally Army; Sally Ann; Sally
noun the Salvation Army; a Salvation Army hostel US, 1915

Sally Gunnell; sally
noun a tunnel, especially the Blackwall Tunnel. Rhyming slang, formed on the name of the British Olympic athlete (b. 1966) UK, 1998

Slang Entry # 20 - gonzo

gonzo noun cocaine UK, 1996

gonzo adjective crazed; having a bizarre style. Although coinage is credited to US journalist and author Bill Cardoso, close friend and partner in adventure with the late Hunter S. Thompson, the dust jacket to Cardoso's collected essays claim only that he is 'the writer who inspired Dr. Hunter S. Thompson to coin the phrase "Gonzo Journalism"'. Thompson first used the term in print and the term is irrevocably linked with him in the US US, 1971

adjective crazed; having a bizarre style US, 1979

Slang Entry # 19 - cat's prick

cat's prick noun an elongated ember at the lit end of a cigarette UK, 2003

Slang Entry # 18 - freaky

freaky noun a habitual drug user UK, 1969

freaky adjective 1 odd, bizarre US, 1895. 2 sexually deviant UK, 1977. 3 characteristic of the 1960s counterculture US, 1971. > get freaky to have sex US, 1996

freaky-deaky adjective acting without restraint, especially in a sexual way
US, 1981

Poll Quiz # 1 Answer - lifted

lifted adjective drug-intoxicated US, 1942

Interview with Tom on "Something You Should Know"

Tom will be interviewed this Wednesday at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST on "Something You Should Know" hosted by Mike Carruthers. You can find your local station here.

Update From Terry

On November 19th I was interviewed by Simon Mayo at BBC 5 live. Sometime in the next week or so I am recording an interview with Michael Rosen for Radio 4's Word of Mouth. On New Year's Eve I will be one of the over-midnight studio guests on Anita Rani's 5 Live welcome to 2008. More to come.


Voice of America Interview with Tom

Tom was recently interviewed by Avi Arditti and Rosanne Skirble at Voice of America. You may read the interview and/or listen to the broadcast here.

Slang Entry # 17 - schmoogie

schmoogie noun a friend US, 1993

Slang Entry # 16 - raspy

raspy adjective 1 excellent US, 1982. 2 bad, unpleasant US, 1977

Slang Entry # 15 - poncey

poncey adjective 1 affectedly stylish UK, 1964. 2 blatantly, affectedly homosexual NEW ZEALAND, 1984

Slang Entry # 14 - kyaw-kyaw

kyaw-kyaw noun sarcastic laughter. Also used as a verb US, 1946

Slang Entry # 13 - iggie

iggie noun a feigned ignorance. Circus and carnival usage. Often used in the phrase 'give them the iggie' US, 1961

Slang Entry # 12 - gnat's piss

gnat's piss noun a weak beverage such as tea or beer UK, 1984

Slang Entry # 11 - lookie-loo

lookie-loo noun 1 a customer who enjoys looking at merchandise but has no intention of buying, US 1978. 2 an inquisitive observer. A Los Angeles term, personified in the character Look-Loo Woman in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction US, 1989

Slang Entry # 10 - cockaleekie

cockaleekie adjective impudent, cheeky. Rhyming slang, formed on a type of soup UK, 1998

The Archive at Reading University and Live on BBC Radio 5

Today I witnessed the birth of several of Eric Partridge's books eighty-odd years ago. Together with Routledge's Andrea Harthill I went to the Archive at Reading University and had a delightful time browsing ancient correspondence that seems as immediate as e-mail - one letter from his publisher asked 'Dear Partridge' to postpone a meeting until later in the day that the note was sent. The Archive is a treasure.

On Sunday I am due to do an interview for BBC Radio 5 Live.

Have fun


Slang Entry # 9 - jakey

jakey noun 1 Jamaica ginger, a fruit flavoured alcoholic drink CANADA, 1999. 2 a meths drinker, thus an alcoholic in desperate staits. From JAKE (methylated spirits as an alcoholic drink) UK, 2001

jakey adjective 1 alcoholic UK, 2002. 2 socially inept, unaware of current fashions and trends US, 1989. 3 odd looking US, 1964. 4 said of a light jail sentence. JAKE (methylated spirits as an alcoholic drink) UK, 2000

Slang Entry # 8 - no way!

no way! used for expressing disbelief at that which has just been said US, 1968.

no way, Jose used as a humorous, if emphatic, denial. The catchy reduplication makes this a favourite early in a young person's process of slang acquisition US, 1981.