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    What Just Hit Me? Need slang terms for simple blunt weaponry (particularly homemade)

    Having been inspired by the "sock full of rocks" thread, I've decided to write a picture book for adults that's basically a primer of interesting words for similar weapons. To give you an idea, the beginning of the first draft reads thusly:

    What Just Hit Me?


    What word do you use for a sock full of rocks?
    And is it the same as a sock full of locks?

    When rocking a rock sock, you call it a "sap,"
    and knock it on noggins in need of a slap.

    A sock full of locks can be used the same way,
    but that means that "slock" is the word of the day.

    Dry beans make a "beaner" to bean with panache,
    and British rocks rock if you fancy a "cosh."


    Here's the problem. I'm currently in the research phase, compiling lots of terms to find the ones that fit best WRT rhythm, flow, and overall neat-soundingness. I've found long lists of various sorts of blunt instruments (I LOVE the word "shillelagh"). However, I'm having trouble finding SLANG terms. A regular thesaurus search, for example, doesn't bring up "Beaner" or "slock," and they're both great, evocative words. I'd like the final work to be a mixture of slang and non-slang.

    So I'm appealing to you writers of AW. What slang terms do you know for simple homemade weaponry? I'm only looking for blunt instruments (stuff in socks, of course, sticks, rocks, basically anything that would be used to whack someone over the head), and nothing racially/ethnically/etc. derogatory.

    On a related note to this last point - a question for any Londonites out there. I found an interesting term for a tightly-folded newspaper used as a weapon: a Millwall Brick. According to Wikipedia, it was named after Millwall football fans, but there's no mention of whether there's a negative/derogatory connotation. Is there? (If so, I'll steer clear).
    Last edited by Tazlima; 10-03-2018 at 08:29 PM.
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