• noun backslang, in which a word or alteration of a word is reversed, enjoyed some popularity in Britain, chiefly among members of the underworld, the sub-proletariat and certain trades such as meat portering. It is also sometimes used by schoolchildren to disguise taboo conversations. Forms of backslang exist in other European languages, notably in the Parisian verlan which is still thriving. The only well-known ‘mainstream’ example of backslang is yob from boy.