Moll // is Australian and New Zealand slang, usually pejorative or self-deprecating, for a woman of loose sexual morals, a bitch, a slut or a prostitute. The term can also be used for a girlfriend of a thief, gangster, surfie or bikie.
Pronunciation and spelling
"Moll" derives from "Molly", used as a euphemism for "whore" or "prostitute" and attested at least since 17th century England. As Australian pronunciation merges the phonemes /ɒ/ ([ɔ]) and /oʊ/ ([əʉ]) before /l/ (they both become [oʊl]).
Use in popular culture
Puberty Blues was a 1981 movie based on the autobiographical novel by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey about their experiences of being 13-year-old girls on Sydney’s southern beaches. In the novel, movie and television series, girls were referred to as molls, bush pigs, top chicks or glam mags. The term was again popularised following the 2012 television series Puberty Blues, based on the same novel.
"Game on, molls!" became a popular catchcry in 2006, after scheming contestant Anna used it on Australian reality television show Big Brother. It spawned a range of novelty products such as T-shirts. The phrase has since been quoted in many Australian reality television programs. "Game on, moll!" was said by Jordan Loukas, a contestant on Australia's Next Top Model in 2007 and subsequently became an advertising slogan for the show. The catchcry was again used in an advertising promotion for reality series My Kitchen Rules in 2012 and then being displayed during the show being broadcast in 2013 when used by contestant Jake Harrison. Emma Dean, the eventual winner of the 2013 season of Masterchef Australia, used it self-referentially to describe the way contestants treated each other - "It's just... game on, molls" - and this quote featured prominently in promotion leading up to the series.
- Puberty Blues (1981) clip 2 on ASO - Australia's audio and visual heritage online
- Home - ZOO Weekly
- BB06 Anna Game on Moles - YouTube
- Alice in wonderland - TV & Radio - Entertainment - smh.com.au
- Channel Seven - My Kitchen Rules 2013: Sneak Peek (QLD) - YouTube
- Masterchef Australia: Series 5 First Look #1 - YouTube
- Molls, scrags and bitch fights - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)