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A sort of pie with a crimped, thick short pastry crust, full of chopped and seasoned meat and potatoes. The idea originated in Cornwall (hence, Cornish Pasties), where wives of miners would fill the pastry case and make the crust into a handle that could be held in dirty hands, whilst eating. Often, one end of the pie would be filled with fruit, to serve as a dessert. The word 'pasty' is derived from paste/pasta = paste. Not to be confused with skimpy breast coverings!
An early form of bicycle with a very large front wheel and a small rear wheel (NSOED).
If this form of bicycle is completely unfamiliar to you, we recommend DVDs of the U.K. television series The Prisoner - a stylized penny-farthing appeared on the badge of every inhabitant of the Village. Be seeing you -
It felt like being in a giant pepper pot (DH20)
A stupid person or a fool (NSOED).
And then a deep, booming gong sounded somewhere beyond the woods, and, at once, green and red lanterns blazed into life in the trees, lighting a path to the pitch (GF7) (U.K. edition only)
A type of long, wide knickerbockers popular among modern golfers.
Scottish breakfast dish of oatmeal mixed with water and simmered until it is creamy. Can be served with sugar, honey, or salt, according to preference. Eaten throughout Britain.
His face went from red to green faster than a set of traffic lights. And it didn't stop there. Within seconds it was the grayish white of old porridge.
- Vernon Dursley, reading the first letter from no one (PS3)
many flourishing pot plants in brass containers (HBP20)
a pompous prat (DH30)
Some of the older pupils (students) in many secondary (12-18) schools are given duties supervising the younger children and assisting the teachers in maintaining discipline. Prefects are usually the most outstanding or best behaved students, but in some schools all the upper year pupils share prefect duties.
To his great surprise, the Prime Minister felt a fleeting stab of pity for Fudge at this point. It was, however, eclipsed almost immediately by a glow of smugness at the thought that, deficient though he himself might be in the area of materializing out of fireplaces, there had never been a murder in any of the government departments under his charge... (HBP1)
...back to the fireside in the Leaky Cauldron, where Harry, the Weasleys, and all their shopping would be travelling back to the Burrow using Floo powder. They said good-bye to the Grangers, who were leaving the pub for the Muggle street on the other side (CS4)
(British edition only)
What in the U.S. would be termed a private school; it's "public" in the sense that the kids are attending a school rather than having a private tutor at home. See also comprehensive.
"When the second course arrived they noticed a number of unfamiliar puddings, too" (GF16)
"...a rhubarb crumble for pudding" (OP4)
(noun) A long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat used on inland waterways (like the Isis river that flows through Oxford). It's a kind of pole-boat. As a verb, "to punt" means to push a boat along by a long pole; the punter pushes the pole against the bottom of the river to move the boat.
For those who indicated confusion about what "punt" meant in this context, we recommend the works of the British mystery writer Dorothy L. Sayers, specifically the Lord Peter Wimsey novel Gaudy Night. One of the major scenes of the book features Lord Peter punting on the Isis river with Harriet Vane.
Primary editor: Michele L. Worley.
Original page date 28-October-2005; Last page update 5-August-2007 MLW