General English


  • noun make-up, face-paint. A piece of theatrical slang which Partridge’s Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English dates to 1860 and claims to be obsolete by 1930. In fact the term was still in common currency in the theatre in the late 1980s.
  • noun a meal, feast. Derived from ‘slap-up (meal)’, the term was recorded among bohemians and students in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
  • verb (to have) sex. In Jamaican slang the word is a contemporary synonym for slam. The word has also been used in this sense in the UK since around 2000.