Housey Slang.....

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Re: Housey Slang.....

Post by Ajarn Philip » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:32 am

NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote: mine was a chap called LUCY,( his surname , I hasten to add
My heart genuinely bleeds for the poor so and so. I sense another thread starting...
I know exactly what words I am wanting to say, but somehow or other they is always getting squiffsquiddled around

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Re: Housey Slang.....

Post by sejintenej » Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:51 pm

Ajarn Philip wrote:
NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote: mine was a chap called LUCY,( his surname , I hasten to add
My heart genuinely bleeds for the poor so and so. I sense another thread starting...
My wife's maiden name can difficult for a Brit to pronounce. Her cousin, with the same surname, was a teacher at Barking Technical College and, to save all the usual problems, instructed his pupils to call him "Mr Lucy"
‘So, still happy you voted for my namesake who took away your health insurance, raised your taxes and should turn out to be a mental patient?’

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Re: Housey Slang.....

Post by michael scuffil » Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:27 am

NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote:I didn't do Greek --- being one of those Geography Deps, who numbered 5 of the first Rugby 15 in our last year, not, you will understand, academics ----but do not mess !
You must have been one of the original Jogger Deps -- CH's first teetering step towards recognition that there were other choices beside leaving at 15 or getting an Oxbridge scholarship.
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Re: Housey Slang.....

Post by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS » Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:10 am

In My day (the 40s) Trades consisted of : Laying out the crockery etc. Collecting meals, from the tables set up at the end of each House and Manned (Or Womaned) by a lady in Kitchen uniform, The Trades served these meals, in seniority order from the top of the House table and ALSO the two Monitors, at the lower end of the table. Clearing up after the "Second Knock" (Do we still have that ?) and taking the dirtys to the kitchens.
Related to that, I was tripped, deliberately, by a Senior and sprawled on the floor, dirty plates and all ! I said (Loudly) "Ill have you for that !" and in the dormitory, that night, I blacked his eye. --- I should explain that I was brought up in Stockwell, and even at 12 was "Handy"
The following day, I iwas "FOTCHED" (Used no more presumeably !) A slap across the face, bya Senior Senior, "You do not strike Seniors !"
Does anybody remember "FOTCHED" ?
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Post by jhopgood » Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:11 pm

I always thought that "fotched" was a rap on the head with the knuckle of the middle finger.
I forget who it was but he had a long reach and could get you from a sitting position at the bottom of the table in Dining Hall.
In Barnes B, if memory serves me, the House captain and 2 house monitors sat at the top of the table and the rest of the house monitors at the bottom, one or maybe two of whom served the food.
The same monitor who "fotched" me also split a plate with a serving spoon when he brought it down too hard when serving something.
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Re: Housey Slang.....

Post by englishangel » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:26 pm

For Yadayada
"If a man speaks, and there isn't a woman to hear him, is he still wrong?"

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Re: Housey Slang.....

Post by englishangel » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:27 pm

For Yadayada, just to bring it to the top
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Re: Housey Slang.....

Post by onewestguncopse » Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:38 pm

As indicated in my other post, most Housey slang has now gone. Bockers (gone), Lav Ends (going as Lav Ends do not exist anymore), Kiff (never used in my time) ... i really cannot think of any word that is Housey only anymore other than words such as Housey, Broady, Rolls...ermmm!

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Post by Great Plum » Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:20 pm

Some houses still have lav ends don't they though? (The houses that were 'partially' refurbed?)

what about the word 'toyce'?
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Post by michael scuffil » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:43 pm

Great Plum wrote:what about the word 'toyce'?

Came from Winchester, was introduced in 1964 with the first great wave of modernization.

I remember in 1963, when Seaman was outlining the plans, he mentioned these things. He said: "At Winchester they call them "toyces". Perhaps we should do the same."
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Post by CHAZ » Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:23 pm

I have written about it here before but school monitors and the Sg used to get a small amount of cash from the school (beer money!9 called Q shott...I guess this may disappear too?
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Post by michael scuffil » Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:17 pm

CHAZ wrote:I have written about it here before but school monitors and the Sg used to get a small amount of cash from the school (beer money!9 called Q shott...I guess this may disappear too?

It was quite a good "small amount". It was four times what I paid my swab.
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Post by Great Plum » Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:04 pm

michael scuffil wrote:
Great Plum wrote:what about the word 'toyce'?

Came from Winchester, was introduced in 1964 with the first great wave of modernization.

I remember in 1963, when Seaman was outlining the plans, he mentioned these things. He said: "At Winchester they call them "toyces". Perhaps we should do the same."
I should think it is a word long gone now with the cabin bunks most people sleep in... Maine B had toyces designed by
Mr Grimshaw who was Plum Senior's predecessor in MaB...
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Re: Housey Slang.....

Post by wurzel » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:57 pm

Sillett did the same in LHB, they were built in the summer of 83 just in time for my LE and were basically a zig zag of vertical wooden panels sat on the big tables so if viewed from above they would have looked like a square sin wave. Each LE had a recess with 2 shelves and a flat vertical panel they could stick things on. 2nd & 3rd form still used flat tables and a locker, UF jnr monitors were in the end of the brew room and the quiet room with curtains hanging up to give the impression of privacy. House captain had a dayroom study alcove at the front of the house.

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Post by LongGone » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:33 pm

wurzel wrote:Sillett did the same in LHB, they were built in the summer of 83 just in time for my LE and were basically a zig zag of vertical wooden panels sat on the big tables so if viewed from above they would have looked like a square sin wave. Each LE had a recess with 2 shelves and a flat vertical panel they could stick things on. 2nd & 3rd form still used flat tables and a locker, UF jnr monitors were in the end of the brew room and the quiet room with curtains hanging up to give the impression of privacy. House captain had a dayroom study alcove at the front of the house.
Two of us built an identical type of arrangement for Maine A back in the 50s, using our time at the woodworking shop. Since we only built the one, it travelled from table to table with us as we became more senior
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