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nigel

someone who is seen alone or sitting alone (This term mostly used in school environments, not sure if it's still used). A few years ago I was talking to a friend from NSW Southern Highlands who looked at me blankly when I referred to someone as a 'nigel' - in her area they are called 'barry's'!: Come and sit with me so I don't look like a nigel. Compare neville, nof. Also, Nigel No Friends, Nigel No Mates.

Contributor's comments: Has been used in SA for a long time, though probably came from NSW originally.

Contributor's comments: [Coffs Harbour, NSW informant] Also known by his full name, Nigel No-Friends.

Contributor's comments: We also used this term at school in the eighties in Brisbane, although we usually shortened it to "nige" eg. "Oh don't be a nige". I met someone from the Gold Coast who apparently called them "Scotts" as in "Scot no friends".

Contributor's comments: [ACT informant] I had this explained to me as "Nigel No Friends", but also as "Neville No Friends". There was also "Harry" (as in Harry Hanger-onner ... someone who just hangs around a group, of which they aren't really a part). "Barry" or "Baz" I've always heard used as in rhyming slang - eg; I am having a Barry/Baz (as in Barry Crocker ... a shocker - ie: a bad run of luck, or just not alert & on the ball).

Contributor's comments: This is used heaps in the NT, not only by school children, but also by adults.

Contributor's comments: Nigel No Mates was used in Vic in the 70s as was Scott Neville - Scott no mates and Never will. Neither of these was ever directed at me.

Contributor's comments: I live in southern Sydney. My 16 year old uses the term "nigelated" meaning the act of being left out.

Contributor's comments: 'Nigelated' - the act of being a Nigel, e.g. I will be nigelated to a desk at the back if I don't get to class on time. (I will have to sit by myself)

Contributor's comments: This term "being a nigel" or being nigelated is used by all my children still in 2004.

Contributor's comments: It wasn't until I started high school in the late 90s I first heard of Nigel. He was originally "introduced" to me as Nigel No Friends.

Contributor's comments: This was used at the school I attended in the NT while growing up. Nigel, Nigelated, Nigelisation, Nigel-no-friends. It was used to indicate someone who was either being ostracised or who had no friends.
neville

someone who is really smart, good at school, dresses like a geek etc.: He is such a neville!! Compare nigel, nof, Scott.

Contributor's comments: [ACT informant] I had this explained to me as "Neville No Friends".

Contributor's comments: Nigel No Mates was used in Vic in the 70s as was Scott Neville - Scott no mates and Never will. Neither of these was ever directed at me.

Contributor's comments: A 'neville' can also refer to a can (of beer, etc.), from a time when rhyming slang was more prevalent, from Neville Wran. "Hand us another neville of Irish Cheer, mate."
nof

Abbreviation of "not one friend" - someone who is friendless or unlikable. Kind of like a "Nigel No-friends": Peter is such a nof, no one turned up at his party. Compare neville, nigel, Scott.
Scott

As in Scott No Mates. Same meaning as for Nigel No Friends: Hey, Scott, where've all your mates gone? Compare neville, nigel, nof.

Contributor's comments: This was huge in Ballarat in the 80's. Scott no mates was the first tier of contempt, but Scotty Neville was reserved for the real social misfits.