alphabetti spaghetti
tinned pasta shapes in letters of the alphabet. Staple children's food.
backhander
slang word for bribe
backsheesh
bribery resulting in political corruption
basque
restrictive lingerie, like a corset
bri-nylon
retro fabric, scratchy yet strong
brioche
sweet French bread with flaky texture, made with huge amounts of butter
casbah
a fortress to protect a town or city, originally Algiers
chocolate orange
a popular Xmas gift, chocolate shaped and segmented like an orange
clod
a stupid person, whose demeanour is similar to a chunk of mud
confit
preserved food, to be served at one's convenience
creme anglaise
lighter than custard but with a similar flavour
dairy box
traditional chocolate selection box
ding dong
meaning 'cor, wow, I wouldn't mind a bit of that'
endive
posh leaf vegetable
fritter
food item, deep fried in batter
frizzled chorizo
spanish sausage, dry fried
frou frou
unnecessarily fancy or elaborate
git
a rather annoying person
G-list
inexplicably famous for no good reason
grunge youth
young people with a penchant for alternative rock and a dislike of washing too often
hauteur
meaning high and mighty
home counties
immediate surrounding areas of London
kir royale
a champagne cocktail
kitten heel
demure, slender heel
lion bar
crisped rice and caramel coated in chocolate, difficult to chew
mini bruschettas
bread rubbed with garlic, olive oil and seasoning, then grilled
minstrels
sugar coated chocolate disks
mooch
to wander about, seemingly without purpose
mooning
to flop about dreaming about your past/current/prospective lover
noveau
new money, those with recently aquired means and the desire to show off about it
ovaltine
soothing hot drink, made from malt, very popular with the over 50's
palaver
a big fuss, usually over nothing
prat
a bit of an arse
prickteaser
to hint at or promise sexual congress and fail to deliver, leading to immense male frustration
prima donna
the female lead in an Italian opera, or anybody who just behaves like one
quality street
cheap family sized chocolate selection
roquefort lardons
salad ingredients, cheese and small cubes of meat or fat
saddle stitched
thick stitching, perhaps with leather or cord
salon selectives
hair care products brought from the salon straight to you
savoury doilies
a crocheted mat to present food upon
schmuck
Yiddish term meaning idiot
shirtwaister
a dress with a fitted, buttoned bodice and full skirt
smarties
brightly coloured, sugar coated chocolate
soi distant
so-called
souffle
a cake that should emerge from the oven puffed full of trapped air
soup kitchen
a charitable outfit which distributes food to the homeless
spag bog
spaghetti bolognese
spartan
restricted and self-disciplined
sprayed on dress
tight fitting to the point of indecent
stocking filla
token Xmas gifts of very little use or point
stone-washed
denim treated to give a faded appearance, very popular in the 80's and with the lower classes
swiss mountain bar
calorific chocolate from Marks and Spencer
topped herself
to take one's own life
trollop
a promiscuous female
veloute
classic French sauce or stock
whippersnapper
bouncy young chap, full of vigour
winos
homeless person with a drinking problem
wop
insult, meaning of Italian descent
worcester sauce
tangy British condiment