Monday, April 17, 2006

Nickname for British Police...

Does anyone know a derogatory nickname for British Police beyond the stereotypical "Bobbies"? I know The Bill, but if anyone has other nicknames, particularly when it comes from the Black British community, I'd appreciate it. I need it for my Yardies script.

4 comments:

allaboutgeorge said...

I just finished Patrick Neate's "City of Tiny Lights." In it, main protagonist Tommy Akhtar -- a private-dick Brit of Indian extraction whose father emigrated from Uganda to escape Idi Amin -- is upbraided by his cab-company-owning brother for his investigations and how they brought "the filth" sniffing around.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=filth

Lawrence said...

Thanks! That's a delicious word for the police.

Frank Z. White said...

I'm English. I use THE PIGS to describe the police.

Hope that helps.

coldflush said...

I would say this is tricky 'cos yardies are orginally being from Jamaica and speak an english patois which makes my brain hurt. see for yourself here http://niceup.com/patois.txt

According to this source you want to be using either the phrase 'beast' for a policeman and 'babylon' when refering to the police in general.

More general english phrases you could use I guess are as mentioned 'Filth', 'Pigs'. But also ...

'Rossers', 'The Sweeny', 'The Fuzz' or if you want old skool phrases you could pick from Coppers, Peelers or Wooden tops.