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Puddled: Word Wednesday

A dip into British slang today. The word puddled is one I haven’t heard in a long time but was brought to my notice by Tony Bushell and his excellent anorthernsoulweb blog.

As fellow northerners (North of England), Tony and I heard this said so many times during our formative years.

So, for today I need to take you to a new source and that is

Adj. 1. Confused. See ‘puddle’.
2. Eccentric, insane.

And puddle?

Noun. A mess, a confused state. E.g.”Sorry, I’ve been in a bit of puddle since the party. I drank far too much.”

You can follow how it was used back in the UK. Usually in reacting to a statement that you disagreed with as in, “You’re puddled!”

Some Brit slang expressions can be most amusung and here is a selection from the same source:

prod / proddy Noun. A protestant. Mainly used by Catholics. [Irish/Scottish use]
prole Noun. Abb. of proletariat. {Informal}
pronto Adv. Now or immediately. {Informal} [Orig. Spain]
proper Adj. Used as an intensifier. E.g.” I think the cat has crapped under the bed, as there’s a proper stink in the bedroom.” {Informal}
(a) proper do Noun. A first class social event. E.g.”It was a proper do with tuxedos and ballgowns.”
prozzy Noun. A corruption of the word prostitute.
pub crawl Noun. A bout of drinking held by touring numerous pubs (public houses). {Informal}
pubes Noun. Pubic hair.
pud Noun. The penis, or genitals. See ‘pound one’s pud’.
pudding Noun. 1. An uncomplimentary but jocular and affectionate name for someone who is plump. {Informal}
2. A term of endearment.
puddle Noun. A mess, a confused state. E.g.”Sorry, I’ve been in a bit of puddle since the party. I drank far too much.”
puddled Adj. 1. Confused. See ‘puddle’.
2. Eccentric, insane.
puff Noun. 1. A male homosexual. Also poof and pouf. Derog.
2. A feeble, despicable person.
3. Cannabis or marijuana. A term more common with adolescents.
puggled Adj. Crazy, mad.
puke Verb. To vomit. E.g.”He drank so much at his stag party he spent the next 2 days puking up.” [1600s]
Noun. Vomit.
pukka Adj. Excellent, wonderful. Derived from the s.e. use of pukka, meaning genuine, and in itself derived from the Hindi pakka, meaning thorough or substantial.
pull Verb. 1. To seduce a desirable person, to sexually attract someone. Also commonly heard in the male expression pull a bird meaning to attract a female. E.g.”I pulled this gorgeous student at the Union bar.”
2. To kiss passionately.
3. To arrest. E.g.”Yeah, I was pulled climbing out of the rear window of the bank and carrying £40,000 in cash.” {Informal}
pull a fast one Vrb phrs. To deceive, to gain an unfair advantage. {Informal}
pull a job Vrb phrs. To commit a robbery. E.g.”I pulled a job at the local post office so I’m lying low for a few days.”
pull a pig Vrb phrs. To seduce an ugly person. Also a cruel game of the same name, played by friends on a night out, the object being to seduce the ugliest person.
pull a whitey Verb. To turn pale and feel like vomiting. Cf. ‘throw a whitey’.

Now, some of them are none too PC so don’t yell at me. I am merely placing them in front of you for your enjoyment and joy at the versatility of the mother tongue 🙂


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  1. I love Peevish for so much British slang. I am an Anglophile from way back and an “honourary Scouse” per my former editor, Howard Jackson. This is a wonderful article and made me smile.

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