The Lexicon

We are frequently asked to explain some of the nicknames we use around the blog, so we are adding a glossary of terms, if you will.  If any others require explanation, just tell us in the comment box and we’ll add it in.

Bamm-Bamm – The incomparably-strong Luke Marshall

Bananamen – Clermont Auvergne.  It’s the team colours, and the innate superpowers.

Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig Bob – Bob Casey. He’s Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig, especially when they put him in a primary school chair on the Rugby Club

BNZ – Bloody New Zealand.  As Muddy Wulliams (see below) would say, ‘They’re not All Blacks, they’re bloody New Zealanders’.

Bob – Robert Kearney

Boshiership – The Aviva Premiership.

Celtalians – The Celtic Nations plus Italy, who make up the Rabodirect Pro12

DJ Church – Cian Healy, of course.  Hey Mr DJ, put a record on.

Dorce – Gordon D’arcy

Dreamboat – Superstar Steve Walsh, owner of the best cheekbones and haircut in the Southern Hemisphere. Alpha male extraordinaire, mate.

Embra – Edinburgh

Fez – Stephen Ferris

Generation Ligind – the Europe-dominating test-class pack and half-backs that smashed all-comers for Munster for nigh on a decade.  O’Connell, O’Gara, Wally, Hayes, you know the rest.

Go Easy – Daire O’Brien #goeasy

Globo Gym – Saracens.  Oooooooooooohhhh!

Johnny Sex-bomb – Johnny Sexton

Justin Bieber – James O’Connor, the naughty rascal.

Keet– Mr Keith Earls

London Oirish – London Irish

London Samoa – London Irish

LukeRoysh– Luke Fitzgerald

MADGE – Ian Madigan.  Get MADGE on!

Muddy Wulliams – Matt Williams, rugby pundit and occasional contributor of mood pieces for the Irish Times

NWJMB – Iain Henderson.  Believe the hype, he’s the New Willie John McBride

Oar Dee Esh – where LukeRoysh plays his home matches

Ooooooooooooohhh – that noise Barnesy makes when someone in the Boshiership (see above) smashes into another player.

Ooooooooooooohhh Bath – Bath, the perenial entertainers of the Boshiership, even if they have Shontayne Hape and Matt Banahan in the side

Pishun – that unquantifiable quality possessed by the team in red from the south of this island, and only by them.  If only it could be bottled.

RADGE – Ronan O’Gara.  Get RADGE on!

Ravers – Ravenhill

Rodney Ah Here – Rodney Ah You, Ireland’s bafflingly selected new prop.  Ah here, leave him out!

Sir Ruchie – Richie McCaw

Stakhanov – Donncha O’Callaghan, named after the famous Russian coal-miner famed for his exceptional workrate.

The Brothers Kearndashian – Ireland and Leinster’s brothers in rugby handsomeness, Rob and Dave Kearney

The Kildare Lewis Moody – Fergus McFadden; for his love of ploughing head-first into anyone and everyone.

The Milky Bar Kid – Joe Schmidt, a dead ringer.

Useless Ed – former Ulster and Leinster, and currently Queensland Reds stalwart, Edmund O’Donoghue

Wee PJ – Paddy Jackson

and of course…

Whiff of Cordite – the scent of gunpowder in the air before battle commences.  Beloved stock phrase of one G Thornley.

I’m sure we have forgotten some, so feel free to add below the line.

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  1. While I have mixed feelings about this because I love DOC, but I originally thought that part of the point of Stakhanov was that his records were discredited, implying that your belief in DOC’s workrate might not be quite so full-hearted as other scribes’?

    • Reading too much into it there chief – it was merely because it became de rigeur to refer to his workrate when referring to him

      • Fair enough! I thought it was kind of a shot at the “unseen work” meme – i.e. it was unseen because it wasn’t going on. In fairness a few seasons ago he manifestly wasn’t playing as well as he had been, even though he has bounced back admirably this year and last year.

        • You are right in that the phrase “unseen work” is rubbish – if it happens, you can see it. Surely, a tackle count (for example) won’t capture all aspects of a players’ contribution, but there are other things you can add in .. that’s aren’t invisible to the naked eye.

          So there is an element of that alright. Deccie once referred to Tomas O’Leary’s “unseen work” – he’s the scrum-half for Gawd sake!

  2. cp

     /  January 21, 2014

    Great stuff guys. Reckon there’s a few media more related nicknames you could add in as well 😉
    Incidentally, would be well worth doing a Thornley lexicon piece at some stage in the future..

  3. Munsthor Legind

     /  January 21, 2014

    In NZ Anthony Foley was known to as “the coach’s son” for his “unseen work”

    • So it wasn’t just me then? I remember pointing out to some Munster friends of mine that his modus operandi was to do nothing for 55 minutes, then go on a barnstorming 40 metre run if he saw Leamy (or whoever) warming up on the sideline. Didn’t go down awful well 🙂

  4. Munstermicko

     /  January 21, 2014

    NWJMB….thanks. Always wondered about that one.

    You left out “Pishin” / “Pashun” though.

  5. Not Michael Bent

     /  January 21, 2014

    Thornley Gazette = Irish Times?

  6. Chogan (@Cillian_Hogan)

     /  January 21, 2014


  7. anoonamous

     /  January 23, 2014

    Honey Badger…

    • Ah yes, The Badger. It’s not really one of our own, but yes, to the uninitiated, it’s Nick Cummins, Australia’s winger with a feral approach to defence and a knack for giving amusing post-match interviews.

      Badger got some meat!

  8. IgnatiusLynch

     /  January 29, 2014

    This is greatly appreciated!

  9. curates_egg

     /  January 29, 2014

    A Leinster list: Ooh-aah (Jack McGrath); Wagga; Maddog; Nugget; O’Stráiss; Dippy; Gosperth (copyright Shaggy); Shaggy; Girve the Swerve; MOC; There’s Only One (Stanley Wright); the chicken farmer (Olli le Roux); Big Vic; the Tullow Tank (copyright @rhubarbsticks)…

    Miscellaneous other provinces: Ron Jeremy (Munster winger); Beagle; Cawlin

    Meeja; D4 Meeja; Goebbels; Tremenjus; Franno; Fangio

  10. Please, o please, enter Ron Jeremy for Zebo on the list. It’s so deliciously tacky!!!

  11. Who is Smuddy? (Not BOD March 2014)

    • Munstermicko

       /  April 29, 2014

      Tremenjus is Donal Lenihan…although I hasn’t said this for a while 😦

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