Housey Slang.....

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Post by Lamma looker » Mon Feb 28, 2005 10:27 pm

Cleaning shoes, making beds, lighting study fires, general dogsbody - Illegal?

Of course, as a hanging offence, the other alternative was an unpaid option I guess though I can't recall any specific cases.

That has triggered the memory of another bit of slang - "small boy" and "big boy" for those relationships.
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Post by Hendrik » Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:35 pm

misunderstood completely! :oops:

i assumed it meant something in the region of 'rent boy'! i was going to praise you for your openness and honesty about what would have been a sensitive area. :?

general dogsbody not so bad. i suppose whichever grecian it was was probably quite lenient towards you about other stuff. kinda like a big bruv. :)

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Post by Richard Ruck » Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:47 pm

Hendrik wrote:misunderstood completely! :oops:

i assumed it meant something in the region of 'rent boy'! i was going to praise you for your openness and honesty about what would have been a sensitive area. :?
A very sensitive area by the end of term, one would imagine!
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Post by Lamma looker » Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:54 pm

I see how you could misunderstand! I think that any "rent boy" activity was entirely on a voluntary and unpaid basis - lurv, dontcha know.

I was lucky and had a swab-master who was pretty lenient though I came in for my fair share of bollockings. However, I think that just like real life, some swab-masters could be real ******** to work for and consequently tended to change their swabs frequently.
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Post by Hendrik » Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:26 pm

Richard Ruck wrote:A very sensitive area by the end of term, one would imagine!
:lol: :lol: :lol:

yeeesssss...

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Post by sejintenej » Wed Mar 09, 2005 9:33 pm

Just remembered a few more:

Ooloo (apparently an Urdu8 word introduced by Mr Bourne) meaning idiot, moron, brainless ....

adsum and absum (you latin scholars might just be able to translate) used at evening roll call.
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Trades: In Col A almost everyone except swabs had their trades set for the year. By tradition each year had its own trades; from memory

first year in the upper did dining room trades (setting and clearing tables) plus house cleaning

second year: swabs

third year; serving food

junior monitors: dishing out the food to 3rd years

can't remember the rest even though I was trades mon. By tradition the trades monitor had to be in the dining room for table setting and clearing; fortunately I had a person the next year - Brown K.C. who was more than willing to forgo parade and do it for me in the morning so I could get an extra 5 minutes kip.

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Post by menace » Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:19 am

Adsum = here
absum = not here

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Re: Housey Slang.....

Post by J.R. » Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:07 pm

jtaylor wrote:Has any of the Housey Slang survived?

"Bokers"
"Crab, flab and muck"
House "Trades"
Hundreds more, but can't think............

I guess the "lav ends" have gone?

Old Blues:- add to the list
Pupils:- Do these still survive, or been replaced?

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Bokers- The estates staff !

Surely you mean CRUG/KRUG, JT ? for Bread

You wouldn't recognise the 'lav-ends, now JT. They are ALMOST civilised !

Don't remember TRADES at all in the 60's !!

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Post by menace » Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:21 pm

Trades covered all the chores done in the House and in Hall. They included (amongst others) sweeping, cleaning the bogs, picking up litter, making toast, setting tables, serving food etc and etc.
They were normally allocated on a per term basis by one of the monitors, who the oversaw that they were done on time. A pain, but they did help keep the costs down.

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Post by J.R. » Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:33 pm

So, did they cease before 1958, because I don't remember 'em ??

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Post by eloisec » Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:38 pm

we had trades in the 80-90s, but can't really remember what they involved, just cleaning up and other tedious chores.
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Post by Richard Ruck » Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:39 pm

J.R. wrote:So, did they cease before 1958, because I don't remember 'em ??
Nope! Alive and kicking in the 70s......

The worst 'house' trade in a senior house was the cleaning of the filth pit known as the 'kitchen' (2 rings, a toaster and a sink which no-one really knew how to use).

The khazis were a doddle in comparison (except in the case of a 'log-jam').
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Post by Great Plum » Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:46 pm

eloisec wrote:we had trades in the 80-90s, but can't really remember what they involved, just cleaning up and other tedious chores.
They are still around today - I think there are still house trades, although I may be wrong...
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Post by Richard Ruck » Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:49 pm

All of which reminds me....

Apologies in advance to those of a sensitive nature -

The bocker whose job it was to clean the bogs in Mid.B. had a habit of regaling anyone who would listen to him about his latest discoveries therein :

"Gawd, it was THAT big, buggered if I can shift it, can't get it round the bend, wot 'ave you lot bin eating?" etc. etc.

I remember he once found a plastic ball jammed in the khazi with a jobbie perched on top. Think he collared the housemaster about that one...
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Post by J.R. » Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:50 pm

I can only assume that they didn't exist in Coleridge B.

NTF was my Housemaster from start to finish, and I'm SURE we didn't do 'em !

If I hear from Andrew Fawcett, I'll ask him. (Used to be his 'bat-man')

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