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Post by Spoonbill » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:28 am

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But don’t let that get in the way of the massive chip you bear and your one man crusade to subvert every thread across to class war.


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Post by gneuss » Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:53 pm

John Hopgood wrote
As a Ba B contemporary of Keibat, I can only remember Flab and Kiff. His memory is obviously better than mine, so maybe he remembers where my nickname came from, which I inherited from Michael Hilliard, I think. My brother inherited from me.
I'm a BaB contemporary of Keibat and John too. Kiff (as in kiff bowl) and flab were in daily use. Strangely enough I do remember crug as being bread but I don't think we actually used the word routinely. I remember my mother being horrified when I referred to acne as "shagspots".

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Post by J.R. » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:01 pm

I know I have referred to this in the past, but a few years back, I attended a Coleridge B reunion, by then of course a girls house. Several of 'old codgers' were sitting in the day room talking to some of the Col B Girls. They produced a CH Housey Slang book. and wanted to know if we actually ever used such words as Flab etc.

The fact that housemasters could actually use corporal punishment astonished them.
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Post by Mid A 15 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:25 am

Anyone else watch 'Endeavour' last night?

Plenty of references to 'squits.'

Maybe Roger Allam (Chief Inspector Thursday in the programme) had a say in the script.
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Post by J.R. » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:59 am

Never been a fan of "Endeavour" or "Morse, I'm afraid.
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Post by Jabod2 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:03 pm

I think it was Roger who pushed the limit of Pongo's (limited) lattitude by declaiming/'spoonerising' 'Give us hearty thanks' at Grace at a time where there was a competition to see who could get away with what. His voice was notable then. Other tricks were reading it as fast as possible, or having the 'reader' miming with someone speaking from below.

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Post by J.R. » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:26 pm

Jabod2 wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:03 pm
I think it was Roger who pushed the limit of Pongo's (limited) lattitude by declaiming/'spoonerising' 'Give us hearty thanks' at Grace at a time where there was a competition to see who could get away with what. His voice was notable then. Other tricks were reading it as fast as possible, or having the 'reader' miming with someone speaking from below.

Unfortunately, just after my time, but it must have hilarious !!
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Post by sejintenej » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:30 am

Mid A 15 wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:25 am
Anyone else watch 'Endeavour' last night?

Plenty of references to 'squits.'

Maybe Roger Allam (Chief Inspector Thursday in the programme) had a say in the script.
Squit or squirt? Squirt is slang used outside CH and has a similar meaning
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Post by Mid A 15 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:06 pm

sejintenej wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:30 am
Mid A 15 wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:25 am
Anyone else watch 'Endeavour' last night?

Plenty of references to 'squits.'

Maybe Roger Allam (Chief Inspector Thursday in the programme) had a say in the script.
Squit or squirt? Squirt is slang used outside CH and has a similar meaning
My hearing is not the best but it sounded like 'squit' to me. As I said there were plenty of references and even I wouldn't have misheard it that many times!
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Post by Kit Bartlett » Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:58 pm

"Fotch" was a blow to the head usually administered by more senior boys to their juniors. I don't recall this being used by masters against boys who generally used a slipper or cane. Was corporal punishment ever done on the hand ?

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Post by sejintenej » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:38 am

Kit Bartlett wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:58 pm
. Was corporal punishment ever done on the hand ?
Not at CH to my knowledge but my primary school teacher loved using her ruler.
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Post by J.R. » Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:14 pm

sejintenej wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:38 am
Kit Bartlett wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:58 pm
. Was corporal punishment ever done on the hand ?
Not at CH to my knowledge but my primary school teacher loved using her ruler.

Same as that, David. I was lucky enough to pick up my 'times-tables' quickly enough in primary school, not to get my knuckles rapped.
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Post by rockfreak » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:44 pm

There was a programme on television on corporal punishment last night John. Strangely they neglected to mention our old housemaster. And they only touched briefly on the sado-masochistic side of things. Le Vice Anglais was always thought to be the result of young upper class people being sent to single sex institutions and being roundly beaten for minor misdemeanors. Mind you, given the runaway success of Fifty Shades of Grey I wonder whether this isn't perhaps a wider phenomenon than we think. Elsewhere on the site some of the girls have said they resented their punishments at Hertford - in some cases being condemned to be silent for ten minutes: a draconian punishment for a woman.

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Post by sejintenej » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:40 am

rockfreak wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:44 pm
. Elsewhere on the site some of the girls have said they resented their punishments at Hertford - in some cases being condemned to be silent for ten minutes: a draconian punishment for a woman.
That is a common punishment in a local primary school even today (Oh, and that is in a corner facing the wall and realising that anything could happen behind your back)
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Post by Katharine » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:12 am

rockfreak wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:44 pm
Elsewhere on the site some of the girls have said they resented their punishments at Hertford - in some cases being condemned to be silent for ten minutes: a draconian punishment for a woman.
I haven't got time to trawl this forum for reports of punishments at Hertford but I do think your last phrase a draconian punishment for a woman belittles your argument and is extremely sexist, I thought better of you, David.
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