Doc. 5.01.1a.

Localspeak Edit

Paradise slang and vernacular usage Edit

The following are terms which, in addition to those known in standard British English, comprise up a lexicon of informal Paradisian vocabulary. The vernacular usage in the BPI comes predominantly from the English, American, Australian, New Zealand and Polynesian cultures and includes words related to or derived from surfing, cooking, clothing, music and general young people’s jargon. The terms given are those that are moderately durable, not merely evanescent; they survive decades in common usage and are not subject to falling in and out of style with the fashions of a given time period (such as more faddish expressions like groovy or neat-o might be said to).

Common British terms are given when their connotations are either expanded or limited in Paradisian usage (i.e., dress; punter). In some cases a deviant connotation outside those given here for a term exists; but in others a note is provided within the definition here that such should not be assumed.

Typically these terms do not appear in third-person narration within the fiction arcs.

Sources for terms (sometimes only supposed), whether geographical or historical, do not necessarily indicate exclusivity to such sources; any or all of these terms may be heard from any Paradisian locals, especially younger ones, by the tourist or visitor. Most of the Paradisian terms are unheard beyond the territory, however.

Italicised terms given within definitions represent effective, unconditional synonyms or else those also defined here; further examination of the lexicon and story in which the term is encountered may clarify the context.

Guides to pronunciation are provided for clarification of the correct spoken forms of terms.

A Edit

ace - adj. extreme; intense; usually modifying a positive quality. 1960s slang
aggie - n. one engaged in agricultural work; farmer. Sometimes ag. - adj. of or relating to agriculture and farming work.
aggro - n. aggravation
anklesnapper - n. a small wave. Also anklenibbler

B Edit

babe - n. female, especially a young, attractive one
bag - n. 1. women’s small accessory sack, typically with shoulder strap and multiple pockets, meant to carry one’s personal articles; US: pocketbook; UK: handbag. See purse. 2. situation of having knowledge or other useful assets; to ask ‘what’s (in) your bag?’ is to mean ‘what do you know?’ or ‘what have you to offer?’
bang - adj. good, joyous, pleasant. - n. party
beauty - n. something good or outstanding; often used ironically or sarcastically to mean the opposite. Sometimes beaut
bink - v. intrans. (for females) to masturbate, especially by inserting fingers into the vagina. - v. trans. to provide pleasure by fingering another’s vagina. - n. (rarely) a session of binking; i.e., ‘having a bink’
bird - n. girl
birdie - n. local island food made of a baked or fried cornmeal tortilla folded over meat, cabbage or kale, beans, cheese, spices and herbs, akin to a taco, gyro or egg roll. Popular one-handed meal amongst locals and tourists in Paradise. A legacy (having gone through many names and variations) from the original Polynesian inhabitants
bit of - exp. an intensifier, used with virtually any noun, to ironically understate something one wishes to promote; vis. ‘he’s got a bit of lolly’ or ‘this class is a bit of a bore’, in both cases meaning a lot of
blink - v. trans. to willingly overlook; to consider unimportant or beneath notice; as though by blinking one could have missed it. 17th- 18th-C usage
bludge - 1. v. intrans. to make oneself an annoying burden on others; to impose; to take unfair advantage, as though rudely. 2. n. one who bludges. Australian slang
bludger - n. 1. one who bludges. 2. dolt; awkward person
blue meanie - n. disappointment; demoralising experience. 1960s slang, vis. The Beatles
boff - v. trans. to have sexual intercourse with another. - v. intrans. to have sexual intercourse. Paradisian; less taboo than bonk
bongo - n. 1. collision between two objects, esp. a minor one, although usually incurring some damage, such as to a musical instrument, the rail of a surfboard, one’s head or some other fragile item. 2. the result of such a collision. - v. (rare) to have such a collision. 1970s surfing slang
bonk - v. trans. to have sexual intercourse with another. - v. intrans. to have sexual intercourse. Paradisian slang; generally taboo but less so than fuck
bonking - adj. very, clearly, undeniably; vis., ‘a bonking good time’. As though providing as much pleasure as sex does; comparable to the English intensifier fucking. See bonk
brekkie - n. breakfast
bright as a budgie - adj. fresh; alert; cheerful, as though notably or excessively so
brumby - n. person from Australia, especially a boorish or self-centred tourist. From Australian slang for wild horse

C Edit

chalk and cheese - exp. describing two things or two people found to get on well together, like two friends or two compounds which are compatible. Sometimes shortened to chalk; vis. ‘they’re chalk’ would mean ‘they’re as close as best friends’. Sometimes used sarcastically as the opposite. Cockney slang
cheese off - v. trans. to make angry; to frustrate
cheesed off - adj. angry; frustrated
chuff - n. 1. courage or nerve, such as when facing a challenge. 2. optimism, such as is needed when facing potential disappointment
chuffed - adj. happy; pleased; as though infused with chuff
chuffing - adj. swelling with happiness; chuffed. - adv. having the quality of making one pleased or satisfied; vis. ‘a chuffing good party’. Comparable to English intensifier fucking; see bonking
coldie - n. serving of beer
coo - exp. an expletive, the gist of which is wow; used faddishly amongst younger people in Paradise. Probably from cool
cooler - n. any ‘soft’ cocktail, usually pre-bottled, typically consisting of wine mixed with juice or soda; popular amongst younger people in Paradise
cow - n. undesirable, ugly or ill-natured woman; used more as an insult than in teasing

D Edit

dag - n. 1. piece of faece; turd. 2. any worthless person or item. Australian slang. - exp. a mild expletive, conveying surprise; wow. Somewhat impolite or taboo. 1970s US slang
dagomite - n. undesirable excelsior; i.e., poop-on-toast. As though a ‘mighty’ product or example of dag. - exp. an expletive, the gist of which is wow, used as a slightly-offensive, mildly-taboo ejaculation; probably a combination of dynomite and dag
ding - n. party or fête, especially a lighthearted one with music, refreshments and a casual atmosphere; a soirée
dink - v. intrans. to impose; to request to be indulged, as though without welcome. To ‘dink on’ someone would be to rely on the other’s generosity; ‘dink me’ would be a request meaning ‘do a favour for me’. Australian slang. - n. short for dinghy, small boat used as tender to a yacht or as transport or for recreation itself
dinky - n. name for a person who dinks. - adj. having the characteristics of one who dinks; needy and self-centred
do for - v. trans. to serve, especially in the performing of household chores or other menial tasks, as in the capacity of a servant. See vahine
dodgy - adj. questionable; unreliable; insufficient for requirements; not useful
dog - adj. foolish or irresponsible, as though drunk. Paradisian slang
dorrie (DAWR-ree) - adj. acceptable, agreeable. Paradisian slang; from hunky-dory
drat - exp. connoting a sudden awareness of something disappointing; as an expletive considered mild enough for most polite company
dress - n. woman’s one-piece skirted garment with bodice; frock. For this dress is used more commonly than frock in the BPI; dress as attire is used less frequently than in Britain
dress down - v. intrans. to shed extra clothing, a common practice during during the hot season. See dressing down
droppy - adj. silly, nonsensical, meaningless; connoting a waste of time. Paradise slang; probably a corruption of dippy or drippy, meaning absentminded

F Edit

fab - adj. exciting; fascinating; or (less intense) acceptable; meaningful. Short for fabulous
fadge - v. intrans. to finish; to arrive at some result; vis. ‘this will fadge badly’. 17th-C usage
faery floss - n. candy floss, cotton candy
fair dinkum - adj. true; genuine; aboveboard. Australian
fammed - adj. starved; hungry; shortened from famished. Sometimes fam, fammy
fanny - n. vagina, esp. incl. the immediately adjacent region
finger stall - n. any back seat at the cinema, where adolescents take their dates; suggesting they will not watch the picture but fondle each other when the lights are down
fizz - n. quality of having heightened excitement, interest or sex appeal. Often used with a bit of–, meaning the object has plenty of fizz to it, having the quality of making one’s head go light (fizzy)
fizz boat - n. small power boat
fizzed - adj. 1. suffering from an upset stomach, as though from drinking too much fizzy drink. 2. (sometimes) seasick. 3. (rarely) drunk
fizzy - adj. silly, especially if taken in a fit of the giggles, as though lightheaded. Paradisian slang. - n. short for fizzy drink
fizzy drink - n. sweetened, carbonated soft drink. US: soda pop. Sometimes just fizz or fizzy; or fizzy water
fizzyhead - n. fool; one whose head appears empty or seems full of fizzy. Paradisian slang
fizzyheaded - adj. stupid, foolish; as though one’s head is empty or seems full of fizzy. Paradisian slang
foo - n. useless excelsior, that which is worthless or undesirable. - exp. a (very) mild curse, the gist of which is ‘crud’ or ‘rats’, more acceptable than less-delicate terms though frequently considered taboo in polite company. Paradisian slang; of uncertain origin (possibly a concoction of fie and poo). Compare kaka
fossick - v. intrans. to search, rummage, especially when on a futile or frustrating quest, as though prospecting for gold; vis. 'fossicking through the kitchen cupboards'
fossicker - n. 1. prospector, e.g. for gold. 2. anyone on a quest likely to prove futile
fox - n. good-looking or irresistibly-seductive person, especially a female

G Edit

gear - adj. acceptable, meaningful, valuable; often used for male-oriented objects such as cars, music or sports activities. - adv. an intensifier; really, totally, acceptably
gob - n. 1. the skull area; head. 2. state of mind; vis. ‘What’s in your gob?’ would mean ‘What are your thoughts?’ Paradisian slang; possibly via Australian surfers
gone a - v. trans. done a; vis. ‘He’s gone a runner’ would mean ‘He’s effected a quick escape’. A common expression is ‘yoohoo, hooroo and gone-a’, describing a very short encounter, such as in the school corridors between classes. From Australian
gone a million - adj. ruined; completely disappointed; as though to have lost a million pounds in cash
greenhead - n. conservationist; not entirely a disrespectful term
gremmie - n. uninitiated person, especially when clumsily or awkwardly so. Sometimes grem. Surfing slang
grotie (GROW-tee) - adj. ugly; disgusting, undesirable. From grotesque

H Edit

holy dooley - exp. connoting surprise; vis. ‘Good heavens’; ‘My goodness’; or similar. Australian
hooray - exp. ‘goodbye’; ‘good luck’. Also (especially amongst children) hooroo. Australian
hooroo - exp. ‘goodbye’; ‘good luck’. A derivative of hooray (goodbye) common amongst children. From Australian slang. Compare yoohoo

I Edit

icee - n. frozen snack or dessert, consisting of water, fruit juice and sugar (typically with food colouring added) frozen in cylindrical shape with a stick, licked, sucked or eaten; sold at kiosks and in milkbars; popular with small children as well as with tourists. Sometimes icee pop

J Edit

jam - v. trans. to enjoy. - v. intrans. 1. to excel. 2. to play music, especially well or spiritedly. Surfing/music slang
jell - v. trans. to enjoy. - v. intrans. to excel. Surfing slang

K Edit

k’ - n. kilometre, 1000 metres (about .628 mile); about 1200 paces. The military klick for kilometre is rarely used by civilians
kaina (kah-EE-na; sometimes KAY-na but never KYE-na) - n. 1. Polynesian person. 2. one in the know; expert; authority. 3. (not commonly) popular or admirable person. - adj. 1. Polynesian. 2. knowledgeable.
kaka (KAH-kah) - n. rubbish, faece, or any worthless excelsior. Often used as a term of mild insult; a more offensive term than foo, generally taboo. Polynesian
kakahead - n. fool. A disrespectful term, taboo; from kaka, meaning excelsior. Paradisian slang
kakaheaded - adj. 1. stupid; foolish. 2. drunk. A disrespectful term, taboo; from kaka, meaning excelsior
knackered - adj. tired, worn-out; no longer capable of good or hard work

L Edit

lifer - n. lifesaver, typically at a public lido
loffy - adj. 1. unaware; absentminded; as though drunk. 2. naïve; uninitiated. Sometimes (rarely) loffyheaded. Paradisian slang; of uncertain origin
lolly - n. 1. candy. 2. money; anything that can be considered ‘the goods’
lollyhead - n. 1. child; one who eats candy (lolly). 2. fool; one deficient in understanding. Paradisian slang
lollyheaded - adj. stupid; foolish; childish. Paradisian slang; from lollyhead; one who eats candy (lolly)
loppy - adj. messy; dirty; unkempt. Yorkshire slang

M Edit

mana (MAH-na) - n. concept of life force, a kind of powerful spiritual presence; possessors are traditionally afforded high social status and ritual power. In the BPI surfers adopt this principle as a kind of informal deification of those who have attained a very high skill level and merit universal respect. Polynesian. See also source
mike - v. intrans. to do nothing; to bide time; to wait
mild - n. draught beer; lager
muff - v. trans. or intrans. to provide pleasure through oral stimulation of the female genitalia; to perform cunnilingus. - n. (rarely) a session of muffing
Mum - n. Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain; a fond if excessively casual nickname used with territorial boundaries. Apparently not meaning Mother, as for the Queen Mother, but Ma’am

N Edit

naff - n. that which is worthless or else of poor quality, representing a poor bargain; junk. - adj. of poor quality, of no value; junky. Also naffy
nooky - n. sexual or romantic activity, whether intercourse or just snogging. - v. (rarely) to snog or to have sex
not the full quid - adj. unintelligent; oblivious; inadequate
noxious - adj. shortened from obnoxious, as in annoying and insufferable; but with the emphasis on the quality of being figuratively poisonous
NP - exp. ‘no problem’; connoting a carefree attitude towards the given situation

O Edit

offsider - n. companion, especially one’s date, the one doing the inviting, paying and driving. Meaning the one who sits on the offside of the car (typically the gentleman)
olds - n. derogatory term for the older generation, especially one’s parents; often used playfully, rarely disrespectfully
open slather - n. unexpected and uncontrollable mêlée; free-for-all, often violent or at least dramatic

P Edit

panties - n. women’s or girls’ underpants; knickers. Both US and UK terms are used interchangeably in the BPI, perhaps due to the influence of North American and Japanese marketers
Lingerie, especially the most basic, all-cotton pieces, is a staple of teenaged girls’ casual dress in Paradise, particularly when worn alone as sportswear; see private attire
Paradisian - (always cap.) proper term, both adjective and noun, referring to people or things native to or rightfully belonging to the territory
parrot - n. cocktail typically made with brightly-coloured fruit juices or syrups and including a relatively light measure of rum or other liquor; popular with Paradisan teens and young women
pash - n. a long passionate kiss. Sometimes (especially amongst girls) pashie. - v. intrans, v. trans. to kiss passionately; to snog. - adj. passionate, romantic, sensual. From passion or passionate
pash-up - n. session of snogging, kissing, or having sex, especially when romantically. From pash
peretane (peh-reh-TAH-nee; not peh-reh-TAYN) - n. British person; a mildly disrespectful nickname having been used by BPI native Polynesians. - adj. British
PG - n. tenant; lodger. Many homeowners in Paradise keep an extra room with private bath available for local borders or, in rare cases, regularly-visiting tourists. From paying guest
pike - v. intrans. to vomit, especially whilst bending forward. Sometimes pike over. From the gymnastics position of bending forwards at a right angle from the waist
pink - n. Paradisian one-pound note, pinkish in colour and featuring a facsimile of the now-obsolete UK one-pound note one side and the hibiscus and a portrait of Headley, superimposed on a map of the territory, the other; equivalent in value to UK £1 coin. See also 5.09. Peculiar terms
pinky bar - n. chocolate-covered marshmallow confection, usually in the size and shape of one’s finger
pither - v. intrans. 1. to wander about aimlessly, as though lost or drunk. 2. to devote effort to a futile quest or chore; to fossick. Midlands slang
pithering - adj. 1. becoming less important over time, as though having a value in a direct inverse proportion to the time needed to collect, absorb, accept or make use of. 2. worthless; fruitless; futile. Paradisian usage; from pither
plonk - n. cheap liquor, (esp.) cheap wine. Sometimes plunk
pocket - n. available cash. From pocket money
poesy (PO-see) - n. rhetoric; unnecessary eloquence or long-windedness in speech. Paradisian slang
poke - n. session of sexual intercourse, with the emphasis on physical penetration and gratification, not on romance or affection. - v. trans. (for males) to have sex (with a female), especially when together for the first time or when her virginity is being tendered. A less-than- polite term; sometimes used by females in accusations when countering aggressive males; compare bonk (v.)
pole on - v. trans. to seek favours from; to depend on, as though at others’ expense. Sometimes pole off. Compare dink (v.)
pong - n. disagreeable odour, stench; usually from natural causes
poon up - v. intrans. to dress up, as for a formal occasion, especially when the result is to be rather overdressed or when it just seems so. From poonce
poonce - n. effeminate male; suggesting homosexuality
poonk - adj. 1. dull; uninteresting; boring. 2. stupid, nonsensical. 3. useless. Sometimes poonky. - v. trans. (for males) to have sex (with a female); see poke (v.)
poonky - v. trans. (for males) to have sex (with a female); see poke (v.)
punter - n. 1. tourist, especially one with ample discretionary spending money. 2. neophyte; one who is gullible
purse - n. any woman’s bag used for containing cosmetics, personal supplies, money, etc., whether carried by a strap or not, regardless of size; handbag. US usage

Q Edit

quid - n. pound Sterling. The official monetary currency of the BPI is the British pound; American and other money may not be accepted by vendors. Exchange rates are based on those in Britain although usually steeper. See also pink; also 5.09. Common terms

R Edit

rammy - adj. feeling sexually aroused, playful or frustrated; randy; horny. Paradisian slang; possibly from Australian
rip - v. intrans. 1. to excel. 2. to surf, especially well. Surfing slang
ripper - n. something extraordinarily positive; especially as pertains to either surfing waves or parties. Surfing slang
ripping - adv., modifier. 1. impressively. 2. excitingly, attractively. 3. very well, connoting a degree of either talent or positive outcome. Surfing slang
rollie (RAHL-lee) - adv. very, exceptionally, acceptably. Paradisian slang; possibly a corruption of really and jolly
rompy - adj. feeling sexually aroused, playful or frustrated; horny; rammy. Paradisian slang

S Edit

scruff - n. dessert snack made of fruit rolled in dough, sprinkled with sugar and baked, similar to a turnover or Danish pastry; popular at kiosks and milkbars in Paradise.
scruff and tuff - n. condition of being complete; a whole. The expression ‘the whole scruff and tuff’ would be akin to ‘the whole nine yards’ or ‘lock, stock and barrel’, connoting the achievement of a complete, if unimpressive, wholeness. From scruff and tuffle, suggesting a dessert and an entrée taken as a complete meal
selective - adj. being subject to a student’s choice of sequence and, in some cases,
the makeup of his schedule of elective semester-length courses; referring to the
Territorial MOE secondary-school policy. - n. such a course
shred - v. intrans. 1. to excel. 2. to surf, especially well. Surfing slang; from rip; suggesting a greater intensity
signify - v. intrans. (though implied as trans.) to mean (something), to be pertinent (to the subject at hand), to matter; vis. ‘it does not signify’ means ‘it does not matter’ or ‘it has no relevance’. 18th-C usage
skive - v. intrans. to avoid; to shirk. Sometimes skive off (v. trans)
slather - n. disagreement; argument; fight
snug - n. small alcove in a pub or dining establishment, similar to a booth but may contain only an unattached table and chairs
soda - n. mineral water; club soda. Sweetened, carbonated soft drinks known as ‘soda pop’ (i.e., Coca-Cola) in the US are called fizzy in the BPI . See fizzy drink
sook - n. timid person; one easily frightened or upset; wimp. Usually not meant derogatorily but as a term of endearment for a needy or pitiable person, such as an upset child; vis. 'You poor sook!'
sooky - adj. easily frightened; timid; wimpy, in the way that a child, girl, or woman might be; effeminate. Paradisian slang; pejorative; from sook
source - n. (sometimes cap.) sense of reality, an awareness of what is and from where it comes. Surfers refer to waves as their source; but one may refer to the 'source' as the main focal point in one's life perspective. Compare stick; mana
’States - n. The United States of America; a less-than-respectful nickname
stick - n. 1. situation of awareness; vis. ‘what’s your stick?’ would mean ‘what do you know?’ or ‘what’s new?’; to ‘know your stick’ would be to know what’s happening. Compare source. 2. surfboard. 3. (rarely) guitar. 1970s surfing slang
sully - adj. soiled; sleasy; impure; especially as pertains to a person’s character, reputation or chosen behaviour. A deliberately strong insult, especially amongst girls or women, i.e. US skanky or slutty. From sullied
swat - n. game of golf. Sometimes the swats (as in ‘the links’)

T Edit

ta (TAH; with emphasis) - exp. ‘thank you’; especially to a close associate or immediate family member. In the BPI ta should not be said to superiors or in formal settings
tavana (TAH-vah-nah) - n. 1. boss; superior. 2. property owner. A less-than-respectful term. Tahitian; a corruption of governor
tiki tour - n. 1. tourist-oriented tour of local sights, put on by local promoters or resort staff, typically accounting for a large portion of the tourists’ day and at considerable expense; looked down upon by inconvenienced locals. 2. roundabout way to get somewhere, as though it were meant as a scenic tour. 3. any avoidable, nonessential enterprise that entails an excess of time, as though that time were wasted
tizz - n. 1. fit; state of discontent or of being annoyed; irritation. 2. the source of such an annoyance, nuisance; irritant. From tizzy
tizzy - n. fit; state of discontent or of being annoyed; irritation. - adj. annoyed; irritated; frustrated. Of uncertain origin; possibly Australian
toss - n. 1. a session of masturbating. 2. anything trivial or worthless, as in the expression ‘don’t give a toss’ (to not care). - v. intrans. (for males) to masturbate
troppo (TRAH-po) - adj. crazy, insane, as though affected by the tropical heat. Australian slang

U Edit

up the duff - adj. 1. romantically engaged, as though inextricably so. 2. married. 3. pregnant. 4. having a wife (or girlfriend) who is pregnant. Australian
up the pole - adj. 1. cosy, especially when romantically so. 2. happy, as though to lead to a sense of inner ease and comfort

V Edit

vahine - (vah-HEE-nay; frequently truncated to vah-HEEN) n. young girl who seeks to improve her social standing amongst her betters by working as a party waitress, masseuse, errand runner or in some other servile capacity (other than childminding). Polynesian term for maiden or young woman

W Edit

wave - v. intrans. to surf; i.e., to do the waves. US surfing slang
whinge - n. 1. complaint. 2. dissent; mild rebellion - v. intrans. to complain
wobble - v. intrans. 1. to have a tantrum; to have a wobbly. 2. to have sexual relations, especially when quickly or roughly
wobbly - n. tantrum. Australian slang

Y Edit

yacca (YAH-kah) -mindless, trivial talk, typically one-sided and annoying; prattle. Possibly related to kaka
yachtie - n. one who is interested in or engaged in sailing, maintaining, or living aboard yachts
yack - v. intrans. to talk incessantly, especially about nothing interesting; to prattle
Yank - n. American; a less-than-respectful term. - adj. American
yobbo (YAH-bo) - n. hoodlum; uncouth person; especially a boy or immature man. Also yob. From boy spelt backwards, suggesting a mixed-up mind
yoohoo (YOO-hoo) - exp. a word to get attention of wait staff, friends, taxis, etc., hullo. Considered only casual, for use amongst friends and family, too condescending to be used towards superiors or in formal settings. Compare hooroo

Z Edit

zee - v. to sleep
zeed - adj. asleep
zees - n. sleep
zook - n. fool. - adj. foolish. Rarely zooky
zories - n. pair of loose sandals, commonly made of rubber, composites, or rattan, worn by one thong between the first two toes. The term thongs for sandals is not used in the BPI
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