The Question and Answer section for The Birthday Party is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The word in question is succulent. Meg admonishes Stanley because it seems she believes the word to have sexual connotations.
Stanley: What, succulent -?
Meg: Don't say it!
Stanley: What's the matter with it?
Meg: You shouldn't say that word to a...
Meg is Stanley's landlady.
Pinter seems to be a bit out of his time, as his writing style often confused his audience.
The Birthday Party premiered in Cambridge's Arts Theater on April 28, 1958, with Willoughby Gray as Petey and Richard Pearson as Stanley. Pinter...