JERUSALEM – glossary and references (In order of “appearance”)


The world of Jerusalem is rife with the colorful language and slang of the English countryside. Look over this glossary of terms and make sure you’re not left in the dark by Johnny “Rooster” Byron and his motley gang of offbeat characters!

Wessex (6) – An Anglo-Saxon kingdom in the southwest of England founded in 519 AD and lasted until 927 AD when England was united.

St. George’s Day (9) – National Saint’s Day of England. Celebrated on April 23. St George is the Patron Saint of England. Full of feasting and celebrating and parading, etc.

Jools Holland (11) – An English musician who hosts a late night music talk show.

Girls Aloud (12) – An English all-female pop group popular in the early 2000s. Kind of like the Spice Girls.

Super T (12) – Tennent’s Super, a super strength lager from the UK.

Rothmans (12) – A British cigarette brand.

Spun the lemons (13) – Played a slot machine.

Bog (13) – Toilet.

Slapper (13) – British term for an unattractive slut.

Moonrakers (14) – This bar is named after a colloquial term for people from Wiltshire.

Squaddie (14) – Derogatory term for an off-duty British soldier.

Whizz (14) – Amphetamines.

“To see a strange outlandish fowl…” (15) – Most of this is from a 1616 poem by Henry Farley. The lines about the warlock and St George’s Day are added and do not seem to come from any outside source.

Bracken (15) – A type of fern.

Baccy (18) – Tobacco.

HP (18) – HP Sauce, a brown sauce that is very popular in England. You could put it on a bacon roll.

Where’s my money, then (19) – ie. Which one should I bet on? Which float is the best

St Trinian’s (19) – A fictional all girls’ boarding school that was the subject of some British cartoons and movies. Basically, naughty schoolgirls to the extreme.

Golliwogs (20) – A blackface rag doll character from the late 19th century.

Polytunnel (20) – Those rounded plastic tunnels that are used in agriculture like greenhouses.

Wangers (20) – Breasts.

Ribena (20) – British berry flavored soft drink often used as a mixer with hard liquor.

Benilyn (20) – Cough syrup.

Action Man (22) – British version of G.I. Joe.

Oxfam (22) – British charity/store like Goodwill.

Pot Noodle (23) – Instant ramen.

Tuss (27) – British insult, like wanker.

Dual carriageway (28) – A divided highway.

Kip over (29) – Visit, come over.

Got the hump (30) – British expression that means to be upset at someone because you think they did something bad to you.

New Estate (30) – Wiltshire county is building/has recently built a whole bunch of housing developments all over the county. The goal is to make nice suburban homes more affordable to residents.

Trials bike (31) – Mountain bike used for obstacle courses.

Chucking it down (31) – Raining hard.

Tally-Ho (32) – Adnams Tally-Ho, a traditional British Christmas beer.

Flapjack (33) – A UK flapjack is like a granola bar, not an American flapjack that’s like a pancake.

Chumbawumba (37) – The 90’s British rock band that brought us Tubthumping, this famous song:

Cheeky moo (37) – A more polite way of calling someone a cow.

Snaffler (38) – A greedy person or thief.

Bluey (38) – £5 note.

TARDIS (39) – The time machine from Doctor Who. It’s bigger on the inside.

Slotted (39) – Drunk.

Got the hump with me (40) – Mad at me.

Breezers (42) – Fruit flavored Bacardi rum coolers. Popular among teenage girls.

Earwigging (43) – Eavesdropping.

Knobbly knees (46) – Apparently this is a contest in which contestants compare their knees and are judged on whose knees look/feel the “knobbliest.”

Welly wanging (46) – A competition of who can throw a rubber boot the farthest.

Draw (50) – Marijuana

Knackered (55) – Tired.

Little Chef (57) – A roadside restaurant chain in the UK modeled after American diners.

Land’s End (57) – A headland in western Cornwall, it’s the most western point in all of England. Because of this it’s often used as a figure of speech to express distance.

The Lizard (57) – A peninsula in Cornwall, it’s the most southern point in all of England.

Salisbury Plain (58) – The location of Stonehenge, in Wiltshire and partially in Hampshire county.

BBC Points West (58) – A news program covering the west of England.

Scratchcard (59) – A lottery ticket, the kind where you scratch off a coating and underneath it says if you won.

Pillock (63) – Idiot.

Plimsolls (63) – Canvas sneakers, e.g. Converse, Vans.

Jimmy Riddle (68) – Peeing.

Candyfloss (71) – Cotton candy.

Avebury Standing Stones (72) – A large Stonehenge-type circle located in Wiltshire.

Silbury Hill (72) – A neolithic monument, a manmade hill, near Avebury in Wiltshire.

Glastonbury (72) – A town in Somerset County that has been inhabited since neolithic times.

Bender (72) – British slang for a gay man.

10 Brookside Close/Trevor Jordache (73-4) – A murder that occurred on the British soap opera Brookside in 1995.

Sparko (77) – Sleeping, in a daze.

Worzel (80) – Country bumpkin.

Stig of the Dump (80) – A British children’s book about a caveman who lives in a junkyard.

Tannoy (83) – Loudspeaker.

Abattoir (89) – Slaughterhouse.

Saveloy (90) – British fast food sausage/hotdog.

Povvo (90) – Derogatory slang for a poor person (short for ‘poverty’).

Alan Sugar (90) – A British billionaire business magnate.

Borstal (98) – Juvenile detention center.

Barrow (107) – Grave.

Búri (109) – A Norse god, grandfather of Odin.

Gog and Magog (109) – Biblical figures who are portrayed as giants in British folklore.

Vili and Vé (109) – Norse mythological figures, brothers of Odin.

Yggdrasil (109) – A giant tree in Norse cosmology.

Brutus of Albion (109) – Referring to Brutus of Troy, who is the founder and first king of Britain (previously known as Albion) in medieval British legend.

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