When I worra lad many years ago, we worldly wise (real or aspirational!!!) would snigger knowingly about a "Packet of Three" however, in 1938, Cornell-Dubilier exhorted customers to always carry a packet of ten to take care of every service requirement! Impressive huh?
It is generally a sign of advancing age when policemen start to appear very young to the viewer, however, another sign is when "street slang" or "urban patois" takes on a different meaning.
Imagine my surprise then to find that these days, a "Packet of Three" refers not to a packet of sturdy rubber overcoats for use in the trouser region but instead, a different recreational drug commodity....... the speed ball where the heroin is wrapped in one packet, the cocaine is wrapped in the second packet, and they are wrapped together with a rectangular paper "junky fold" with one end fitting into another.
And there's me thinking that a speedball was something boxers in training used, how times have changed and I reckon "Hitting the bag" has a new meaning too......
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