Discussion in 'The Bar' started by RH Goatcabin, Jul 25, 2014.
....however, I have yet to stop yearning.
Nonce first came into widespread use in UK prisons, where it is primarily used by prisoners to refer to convicted sex offenders, especially abusers of children. "Nonces" are traditionally targets of physical abuse from their prison inmates, and so usually go on Rule 45 (formerly Rule 43), the rule that enables the segregation of vulnerable prisoners from the other prisoners for their own safety. The Rule 45 section of British prisons in which sex offenders are segregated (also known as going on 'The Numbers' or, in rhyming slang, 'The Cucumbers') is often referred to as the "nonce wing".
From Miriam Webster:
Definition of NONCE
1: the one, particular, or present occasion, purpose, or use<for the nonce>
2: the time being