Housey Slang.....

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J.R. wrote:So, did they cease before 1958, because I don't remember 'em ??
That's your memory. Certainly you and we had them up to July 1961.
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no-one seems to have mentioned 'your mum' which was the most common 'cus' when I was at school, however don't think that was exclusive to CH, but it did evolve to 'your mum on toast' and eventually 'your mums like robocop she's had that many screws' or 'your mums like bread, you have to peel off the crust before she tastes good!' so that's all good, but I'll never forget the assembly when Mrs. Cairncross kept us all behind to talk about 'mother cussing' as she so eloquently put it!

Another one is 'warning' which is what girls use to say when they were getting changed, still I doubt they have that any more as I don't think there are any open dorms any more, at least not for girls? enlighten me.

And there was the old 'res points' which were gained by doing something cool or daring, some examples of mine include: smoking in the headmasters back garden, smoking in the deputy head's back garden, smoking in the Alwoods back garden, and just generally smoking. oh and the good old trick of turning the lights off in dining hall during tea ha ha.
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qwerty wrote:no-one seems to have mentioned 'your mum' which was the most common 'cus' when I was at school, however don't think that was exclusive to CH, but it did evolve to 'your mum on toast' and eventually 'your mums like robocop she's had that many screws' or 'your mums like bread, you have to peel off the crust before she tastes good!' so that's all good, but I'll never forget the assembly when Mrs. Cairncross kept us all behind to talk about 'mother cussing' as she so eloquently put it!

Another one is 'warning' which is what girls use to say when they were getting changed, still I doubt they have that any more as I don't think there are any open dorms any more, at least not for girls? enlighten me.

And there was the old 'res points' which were gained by doing something cool or daring, some examples of mine include: smoking in the headmasters back garden, smoking in the deputy head's back garden, smoking in the Alwoods back garden, and just generally smoking. oh and the good old trick of turning the lights off in dining hall during tea ha ha.
Your mum - great...

anyone remember you used to have to say 'res' when doing that Ali G clicking fingers thing...
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All far too recent for me, I fear.

Ali G. There's a name to be conjured with.

Personally, I thought Richard Maddeley's 'take-off' was better than the original !
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I had completely forgotten about quiz and ego until I read it here, but does anyone remember DC? Someone would say "quiz?" then someone would reply "ego!" and if they didn't want it they would say DC and the person who quizzed the item would have to take it back. Was it DC or dici (latin or not?) and what did it mean, I can only think it stands for decline, but if it is latin and there is an expert out there, please enlighten me.
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im sure DC stood for something like Decifine (pronounced deecifinay) which meant something like no going back.. not too sure- should have definately paid more attention in Latin!
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Also.. how about 'blam' which was said to someone after they'd probably already been embarrassed enough. It then went on to 'Blam your spam' which was probably worse due to the extra helping of embarrassement and then a large thwack on your forehead! oh what fun! cant believe i've forgotten about some of these infamous words!
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meera wrote:Also.. how about 'blam' which was said to someone after they'd probably already been embarrassed enough. It then went on to 'Blam your spam' which was probably worse due to the extra helping of embarrassement and then a large thwack on your forehead! oh what fun! cant believe i've forgotten about some of these infamous words!
Oh you juniors wer so funny with your little words! ;-)
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Simon Kerruish wrote:
paddy wrote:
marty wrote:the "master" to whom you refer was EJ Wolstenholme,

No - that's not the Zob I was thinking of - I think I remember Wolstenholme, and he was a lot more cuddly. This Zob was rather authoritarian, a housemaster, and quite feared - hmmm - can't get the name though.
I might be able to help here. I was in Maine B from '68-'71 and then in Middleton A from '71 until I got thrown out in '74. (I now live in Virginia and work in New York for what it's worth). The housemaster in Mid A was called Ron Lorimer and he was an absolute a..hole. His nickname was ZUP after he entered a classroom one day with his fly undone and had to do it up quickly and not very surreptitiously. Hence the sort of onomatopoeic nickname - possibly confused later with Zob?

O'Meara's nickname at the time was Dolly for no reason anyone could shed any light on. Kiff was indeed tea and flab was butter, or marg anyway. Bockers were indeed catering staff or groundsmen, one was called 'Dick the Knocker', again the reasons if there ever were any escape me. Tom Keeley was a very popular guy, mainly because he gave sh-t to everyone without exception. Finally, sorry to hear Tom Jeffers has retired - he was a really good guy and I remember the day he started. I never thought Shipton would ever go, he'd been around since God was a boy.

Hope this is of interest.

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My era was 1962 - 1969. O'Meara was called "botty" since he was so young and baby faced then. Although he denies it now. Kiff bowls were large bowls from which you drank you Kiff. They looked like large sugar bowls and would certainly hold a large volume of tea.
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oh no, not sponge again..
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Great Plum wrote:Oh you juniors wer so funny with your little words! ;-)
an' you'd know all about it, wouldn't ya, eh? :wink:

care to enlighten us on some of yer Maine A slang, Mr Plum? :lol:
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Hendrik wrote:
Great Plum wrote:Oh you juniors wer so funny with your little words! ;-)
an' you'd know all about it, wouldn't ya, eh? :wink:

care to enlighten us on some of yer Maine A slang, Mr Plum? :lol:
What are you implying my good man?

I don't know if Maine A had a regional dialect... but maybe my memory has got a bit fuzzy...
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morley's (morlies?) = underpants
any of you older members care to clarify the origins..?
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I remember saying 'Cussing Madella' or something like that? Somehow it was a piss-take on the art teacher guy Mr Della I think his name was or something like that anyway. Apparently when he was a pupil he jumped out of a second floor window in one of the houses and broke his leg - idiot! I think the saying came about cos he used to get pissed when people messed about in art.
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Post by Nyort »

Mr Deller?

He only joined this term!

Short memory - it's only been a week since half term began!
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