Posted by Gary on December 04, 2003
In Reply to: Help wanted, UK! (or Ireland, or Commonwealth....) posted by pdianek on December 04, 2003
: Didn't come up in the archives, so it's vulgar? The word: nonce. From the Guardian's article on Maxine Carr: "'All the women were shouting at the windows. I had never heard the word "nonce" before in my life... I was being branded Myra Hindley mark two.'"
Nonce is UK prison slang for child molester. It has escaped into the community in recent years. I don't know the origin.