Watching Monty Python's Flying Circus, I became curious of the words used throughout the show and decided to look up a few. It turned out to be mostly ways of insulting people (naturally).

Barmy - If someone tells you that you're barmy they mean you have gone mad or crazy.

Big girl's blouse - This is a nice way of saying someone is a wimp. It means someone is being pathetic. It works well for girls and blokes.

Bite your arm off - This is not aggressive behaviour. In fact, it just means that someone is over excited to get something.

Bleeding - An alternative to the word bloody. You'll hear people say "bleeding hell" or "not bleeding likely" for example.

Blimey - Another exclamation of surprise.

Bloody - One of the most useful swear words in English. Mostly used as an exclamation of surprise i.e. "bloody hell" or "bloody nora".

Bloke - A "good bloke" would be like a "nice guy".

Blow off - "Who blew off?" Means, who farted?

Bobby - Yet another word for policeman.

Bonce - Your bonce is your head! So if someone tells you to use your bonce it means "think about it".

Box your ears - Generally meant a slap around the head for misbehaving.

Bristols - Bristols means breasts. If you haven't worked it out yet, bristols is short for bristol city's (a football team), city's rhymes with titties!

Cake hole - It basically means your mouth. "Shut your clanging cake hole".

Chap - Men and women are sometimes referred to as chaps and chapesses.

Cheerio - Just a friendly way of saying goodbye.

Cheers - This word is obviously used when drinking with friends. However, it also has other colloquial meanings. For example when saying goodbye you could say "cheers", or "cheers then". It also means thank you.

Chum - Your chum is your friend. You might also say mate.

Clot - If someone calls you a clot, please be offended. It means you are stupid. A dim wit! Of course, if you really are a clot, then you probably won't notice!

Cloth ears - This is the polite way to call someone a deaf git! Politely put it simply means you are deaf.

Codger - An old codger is an old bloke. (An 'old timer')

Diddle - To rip someone off or to con someone is to diddle them.

Dim wit - Someone who is thick is a dim wit or just dim.

Git - Someone who is a jerk, an undesirable - a prat. "You ignorant git" is a popular use of the word.

Gumby - This is mild insult that is safe to use in public when someone is not using their brain. Used with people you know, usually.

Hooter - Your hooter is your nose. The clue is in the noise you make when you blow it!

How's your father? - This is a very old term for sex. Rather than saying the actual "sex" word you could refer to having a bit of How's your Father, instead - nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

Naughty bits - A rather silly expression for describing ones genitals.

Nosey parker - Someone who sticks their nose into everyone elses business.

Old Lag - Someone who is a bit old fashioned or behind the times. A bit of a laggard.

Pillock - Another mildly insulting name for someone. If someone had just done something stupid you would say "you pillock".

Plonker - Either another word for your penis, your John Thomas or your dick. Or an inoffensive term for someone who is a bit of a wally. If someone is taking the piss, or making fun of you, they would also be "pulling your plonker".

Ponce - Poncey things and poncey people are a bit girlie! It is not exactly another word for gay but it's getting close. A ponce is also another word for pimp, who lives off a prostitute's earnings. And it also has another meaning and that is to scrounge so one might try to ponce a fag off your mate, meaning you would scrounge a cigarette.

Poofter - An extended version of the word "poof", this is how you could refer either to a gay man or to a guy who is being a bit of a nancy boy or woofter.

Posh - Roughly translates as high class. Comes from the cabins used by the upper class on early voyages from England to India.

Red Indian - This is an Indian from America.

Rubbish - The stuff we put in the bin. Trash or garbage to you. You might also accuse someone of talking rubbish.

Scrubber - This is a nasty way of referring to a loose woman. Similar to tart or floozy.

Slag - A slag or an "old slag" is not a very nice way of describing a woman who is a bit loose, a bit of a slapper.

Slapper - A less offensive word than slag, this is another way of calling someone a tart, a major flirt.

Tidy - Apart from the obvious meaning of neat, tidy also means that a woman is a looker, attractive or sexy.

Toff - A toff is someone who is rather well spoken, upper class and looks down on the rest of us. My mate calls them "posh gits".

Trollop - A dirty untidy woman.

Twit - You twit! Not so rude as calling someone an idiot but it amounts to the same thing.

Wally - This is another term for someone who has been a bit stupid. Unlike the previous examples, this one is safe with the elderly or the young.

These definitions were chosen specificly for this sites content. If you'd like more british 'talk' guides please visit the link: effingpot.com - Thanks again Mike!


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A lot more can be found throughout the Monty Python's TV series, but this one sketch in particular is a perfect example of these words put into context.. And a lot of it!

The Sketch: The Man Who Is Alternately Rude And Polite (Episode 18)

Color code: Michael Palin - Eric Idle

Gent Good morning, I'd care to purchase a chicken, please.
Butcher Don't come here with that posh talk you nasty, stuck-up twit.
Gent I beg your pardon?
Butcher A chicken, sir. Certainly.
Gent Thank you. And how much does that work out to per pound, my good fellow?
Butcher Per pound, you slimy trollop, what kind of a ponce are you?
Gent I'm sorry?
Butcher 4/6 a pound, sir, nice and ready for roasting.
Gent I see, and I'd care to purchase some stuffing in addition, please.
Butcher Use your own, you great poofy poonagger!
Gent What?
Butcher Ah, certainly sir, some stuffing.
Gent Oh, thank you.
Butcher 'Oh, thank you' says the great queen like a la-di-dah poofta.
Gent I beg your pardon?
Butcher That's all right, sir, call again.
Gent Excuse me.
Butcher What is it now, you great pillock?
Gent Well, I can't help noticing that you insult me and then you're polite to me alternately.
Butcher I'm terribly sorry to hear that, sir.
Gent That's all right. It doesn't really matter.
Butcher Tough titty if it did, you nasty spotted prancer.

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