General English

  • noun a university teacher, especially at Oxford or Cambridge
  • verb to put on a piece of clothing


  • adjective excellent, fashionable, admirable. A vogue term of approbation which originated in American usage in the early 1990s and by 1995 had been adopted for fashionable speech by British and Australian adolescents. It may derive from ‘the Don’ in the sense of a powerful or exceptional individual.
  • verb to steal, defraud. In this sense the term was used by London schoolchildren in the early 1990s. Its derivation is uncertain. One user defined it as ‘a rip-off’ and claimed it as a deformation of con.


  • verb to put on clothes