2nd July 2010 at 01:00
P (n)

Meaning: Money

Usage: "My Saturday job at Netto doesn't pay enough P"

With mobile phone bills to pay and plant food to buy (for their geranium's own personal use, of course), cash money has never been so important to the patrons of Yoofland. So important, and used so regularly, in fact, that it has been reduced to an iconic, solitary letter in the playground lexicon for quick and easy use. However, the rather unfortunate slang abbreviation of "paper" (as in pound notes) to "P" obviously has other connotations, so can easily slip under even the most delicately calibrated teacher radar. So remember: if you hear of a pupil "taking the P", chances are it's not just some harmless rib-pokery, but an on-site mugging. To the head's office with them ...

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today