The following is a list of words and phrases (a glossary of sorts) that are well understood by the various contributors to playmeo, and are described here for the reference and benefit of our subscribers who hail from many different backgrounds, industries, countries and cultures.
To turn the other direction, opposite to the hands of a clock, as in “I would like you to run anti-clockwise around the oval.”
Refuse to go on, hesitate, thwart and hinder, as in “I baulked at the idea of stripping down to my underwear.”
- Bumpers Up
A precautionary safety measure, requiring everybody to place their hands in front of their chest, palms facing forward, pointing their elbows into their body – to ‘bump off’ others if and when they come too close, especially in a tag game.
- Challenge by Choice
No one is forced to participate, as described further in our philosophical framework.
- Cotton On
To understand, usually after some difficulty, as in “He cottoned on to what I told him soon after he hit his head.”
To say something amusing while expressing a serious manner, as in “His delivery was so deadpan, I couldn’t tell if he was being serious or not.”
A prolonged, loud and confused noise, as in “Geez, I couldn’t hear a word for the din in that club.”
Something extraordinary, bizarre, or unexpected, as in “That last step was a doozy.”
- Dribs & drabs
In small portions or bit by bit, as in “We could only afford to pay the builder in dribs and drabs.”
- Fair dinkum
True, genuine, reliable, as in “I wouldn’t lie to you mate, fair dinkum.”
To run as fast as possible, as in “He ran full-pelt across the field to catch the ball.”
- Full Value Contract
Everyone has something to contribute, as described further in our philosophical framework.
A potent tool which invites people to engage and participate, as described further in our philosophical framework.
Any experience or activity that successfully breaks the ‘ice’ or reluctance for individuals or groups to interact or participate. Sometimes called getting-to-know-you games, energisers, introductions and name games. Take a look at What Is An Ice-Breaker? article for more information.
A Latin phrase that translates literally as ‘on-site’ or ‘in position,’ as in “I was jumping up and down in-situ until I was told to go.”
Enthusiastic, eager and sharp, as in “She was keen to get inside out of the cold.”
A sweet, piece of confectionery, as in “Here’s five cents to buy a bag of mixed-lollies.”
When two people join hands, where the fingers of each person curl inside the palm of their partner, with thumbs sitting on top, as in “Research indicates that the monkey-grip is one of the firmest holds you make with another person.”
A golf shot or other attempt that is not tallied against the official score, as in “Let’s have a couple of mulligans before we get started.”
The specific details, the heart of the matter, as in “Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what happened here.”
To propel something through the air, as in “Quick, piff it here and I’ll tag him.”
To take something, possibly steal, as in “Who pinched my chips when I wasn’t looking?”
Transferring learning and skills to the real world, as described further in our philosophical framework.
Choosing the right activity at the right time, as described further in our philosophical framework.
Colloquial term for your ear, because it resembles the mother of pearl shell, as in “Let me whisper this into your shell-like…”
A colloquial term for a person who thinks they know it all, as in “Alright Mr Smartie-Pants, you show me how to do it then…”
A small amount of something, as in “Give me a smidge more to fill the cup.”
The exercise of actively securing and protecting the physical well-being of a person engaged in an activity. For a more eloquent description of effective spotting skills, take a look at the article How To Teach Effective Spotting Skills.
- Stacks on the Mill
Where several people are piled up chaotically, one on top of the other, often with some wretched soul on the bottom, as in “Hey, let’s get Mick – stacks on the mill.”
Thank you, I appreciate that, as in “Ta, you didn’t have to do that.”
Any activity that invites group members to interact, communicate, solve problems and cooperate. Sometimes referred to as group problem-solving activities and initiatives. Take a look at the Team-Building & Problem-Solving Activities article for more information.
A choice morsel, especially in terms of gossip or food, as in “I can’t eat any more, do you want the tidbits?”
- Willy Nilly
Without direction or planning, as in “As soon as the cat pounced, the birds flew away willy-nilly.”