7/30/09

Brit Word of the Day

Todays BWOTD is a common old-fashioned term:

"I banged my bonce"

'Bonce' = Head

This really is a fun word for confusing foreigners and is used nationally. This is the traditional use for it, but apparently it's now become a popular 'urban' descriptive word, meaning something is cool, hot, sexy as well.

Originally 'a bonce' was a large marble used in childrens games during the 18th century. It's first known use as a term for the head was in the 1880's.

11 comments:

Ronnica said...

"Bonce" - you Brits sure have funny words! Seriously though, this is a fun one!

Daryl said...

I can see how that morphed .. heady things being cool being hot . being bonce!

Word verif: emouts

Denise said...

I love your "Brit Word of the Day". I haven't heard 'bonce' in a long time. I just remembered one of my parents saying "Watch your bonce" for some reason. I was a bit of a tomboy and I was always rushing around.

Sherri said...

Thanks Sarah, I had never heard that word before so if I do know I'll know what they are saying!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Hmmm I don't recall hearing this at home,or maybe I just cna't recall.
We used to say Noggin....
Although I'm thinking that maybe Australian ? In Cheshire ?

♥ Braja said...

I like it cos it's so close to the ever-descriptive "ponce." :)))

♥ Braja said...

And yeah, I love these Brit Word of the Day posts :)

richies said...

Got me on that one I had never hear it before.

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Expat mum said...

So "bonce" has joined the likes of "pants" in coming to mean something completely different. Thanks for the heads up!

Babooshka said...

Well I never. A marble. You got me there. Still used here a lot for head. You keep reminding me of all these strange words that we just take for granted.

Vodka Logic said...

Funny I just learned that the other day. I have a lot of on line and RL Brit friends... and to think we all speak English....not lol

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