pikeys, knackers, travellers, townies, tinkers, muckas…

Pikey is a pejorative slang term used primarily in England, originally referring to travellers, sometimes mistakenly called “gypsies”. The Oxford English Dictionary traced its use in 1837 by Times, “referring to strangers harvesting in the Isle of Sheppey island”. Later that century it meant a “turnpike traveller” or vagabond. Recently, its use was associated with Irish travellers and non-Roma Gypsies.

Stealing cars, flogging roses in pubs for “childrens’ charities”, nicking lead off roofs, burgling garden sheds, blagging entry to old peoples house to rob them, doing dodgy tarmac jobs (“we’ve got some black stuff left over from a job up the road”), stealing anything else that’s not nailed down and anything that is nailed down but will fit in the back of an untaxed Transit when nobody’s looking.

Characterised by  an unintelligible language that “isn’t English, it isn’t Irish, it’s just Pikey” (source: Film: Snatch), a penchant for harecoursing, ketamine, lighter fuel, fighting in pubs and shopping at Lidl.


There is an annual bare-chested fight to win “king of the knackers” that takes place once a year. Also known as The king of the ring bare knuckle boxing championships. Apparently you get two minutes and if you win, you get 2k. I think it happens in Galway. Brutal.




~ by k-rock and l-jive on June 16, 2008.

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