General Science

  • noun waste matter from coal processing plants which use bituminous coal


  • noun the mouth. The word was originally Irish and Scottish Gaelic for beak or mouth, becoming a British dialect term in about the 16th century. It is still more widespread (and considered less vulgar) in Ireland, in Liverpool, where the influence of Irish speech is strong, and in the north of England, where the influence of post-Gaelic dialect lingers. In southern England it is mainly a schoolchildren’s word.
  • verb to spit. The ritualistic spitting at groups performing on stage indulged in by punks from 1976 onwards was known as ‘gobbing’.