Life on Mars Glossary

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Set in the Manchester, England of 1973, Life on Mars is chock full of in-jokes and peculiar references. To help the American audience with some of these strange terms, we’ve compiled a list of many of the phrases they may be not be familiar with.

So don’t throw a wobbly. Just feast your mince-pies on the words below and bob’s your uncle!

 

 

 

 

 

 THE LIFE ON MARS SLANG GLOSSARY

Babycham                                           

Iconic 70’s brand of alcoholic apple-based sparkling perry

 

Banged-up                                          

Several meanings, but in this sense, it means ‘locked up in a cell’

 

Blag                                                    

To rob or a robbery, most often a post-office or bank

 

Bog                                                     

Toilet

 

Boozer                                                

Pub

 

Bourbons                                            

Short for ‘Bourbon Cream’, a type of small chocolate cookie

 

‘Clunk click, every trip’                        

Catchphrase from the 1970’s UK government seat belt campaign

 

Collar                                                                       

An arrest – a reference to grabbing someone by the collar

 

Dill                                                                       

Idiot

 

Fit up                                                                       

To incriminate someone using false evidence

 

Flat-foot                                                           

Police officer on the beat

 

Garibaldi                                                           

Sometimes known as ‘squashed flies’, a type of cookie containing raisins

 

‘The Gene Genie’                                               

Gene Hunt’s appropriation of David Bowie’s 1972 hit, ‘Jean Genie’

 

Georgie Best                                                           

Famous Northern Irish soccer player from the 60’s & 70’s, best known for his career with Manchester United

 

Gobshite                                                           

Noisy idiot or loud-mouthed egotist

 

‘Goodnight Gracie’                                               

Originally coined in 1958 as the sign-off from George Burns’ TV show, referring to his wife, Gracie Allen

 

Hoops                                                                       

Reference to ‘Spaghetti Hoops’, the UK version of ‘Spaghetti O’s’

 

In a pickle                                                           

In a difficult situation

 

Jacksie                                                                       

Backside

 

Knackered                                                           

Exhausted – originally used to describe worn-out horses destined for rendering in the ‘knacker’s yard’

 

Lots of gob                                                           

Loud-mouthed

 

Muggins                                                           

A humorous reference to oneself as gullible

 

On the blower                                                           

On the telephone

 

Party Seven                                                           

Introduced in 1968, the Party Seven can contained 7 pints of Watney’s Red Barrel beer

 

Plod                                                                       

Disparaging term for uniformed police

 

Plonk                                                                       

Disparaging term for female police officer

 

Prat                                                                       

Stupid person

 

Ruck                                                                       

Mass fighting

 

Sarnie                                                                       

Sandwich – also known as a’butty’

 

Skive                                                                       

To avoid work

 

Slag                                                                       

Disparaging term for promiscuous woman

 

Tenner                                                                       

A ten-pound note

 

Uniform                                                           

Collective term for uniformed police

 

‘You’re nicked!’                                               

I am arresting you!

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