A term coined originally in Liverpool to group together a certain type of person through their clothes, language and ideals.
The male 'scally' can be easily recognised through his clothing and language used. Hair is to be short and thickly gelled, often accompanied by a cap (Burberry preferably) tilted at a 45 degree angle. Gold jewelly is a must, curb chains and bracelets mainly, but the sovereign ring must also be taken into account. A small hooped earring never goes amiss. Tops must be slightly baggy and carrying a latest brand name (at time of writing Henri Lloyd is popular). Polo shirts (Hackett) are also a popular motif of the scally, coupling heavy branding with an ability to lift the fold-over collar up around the neck. Tracksuit bottoms are the desirable trouser of choice, often being rolled into sport socks. Trainers must be worn (except on nights out where loafers become king). Reebok Classics or Nike Air Max are still the reigning style, although Adidas County trainers are becoming seen more widely. Transport comes from 'suped-up' cars which are often between 10 and 20 years old. The lower to the floor, the better. Swearing is a common factor of scally language, along with monoslylaabic terms, possibly due to the dropping out of education before GCSE's could be taken.
The female scally is often seen with a much older male scally. Hair is scraped back and heavily hairsprayed. Limitless amounts of make-up cover any blemishes, and the look is finsihed off with big hooped earrings. Clothes wise, tracksuit tops and tracksuit bottoms or jeans are preferred, along with the mandatory trainers. VPL always helps. Smoking and a young baby in a second hand pushchair are good accessories.
To find a scally, your best bet will be to parade the local big shopping mall, the local nightspots or, especaiily in seaside resorts, the main parade along the beach where numerous scally cars can be seen circling round, and round, and round...
ayon kay McGee
ika-05 ng Disyembre, 2003