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Bunter
97111.  Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:51 am Reply with quote

Very good indeed.

 
Bunter
159107.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:32 am Reply with quote

Flash, I remember you wanted more on Eton.

Was there anything particular you were interested in?

The things I mentioned were two time related pieces of info:

If a boy is late to class, they were put into TARDY BOOK. This meant they had to get up 15 minutes before everyone else and run to the SCHOOL OFFICE to sign the book. If they were late for this, they'd then get another day's tardy book and so on.

If a master (known as A BEAK) is more than 15 minutes late to a class, the boys could take A RUN. They boys ran to SCHOOL OFFICE (see above) to report their BEAK'S TARDY. This sometimes resulted in the hilarious sight of 15 boys running like lunatics being followed by a BEAK on a bicycle, all competing to get to SCHOOL OFFICE first.

 
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MatC
159183.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:17 am Reply with quote



That is priceless.

Could you make it up? I don't think you could.


Glorious. And it links to the Ainus at post 155289

  Flash
159189.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:20 am Reply with quote

Cameroon / Cameron looks like a stroke of good fortune as well.

Bunter, in reply to your question, I think what you've put is fine. Maybe we'll run the Cameroon Etonians as the question, and you can give Stephen a few notes on tardy books and the like so that he has them up his sleeve when the inevitable digression occurs.

  Bunter
159203.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:29 am Reply with quote

Quote:
A "beautiful woman" is a "Mme Minga".


I think this is equally droll.

One of my little brothers let me know the other day that Etonians refer to Eton's favourite girl's school St Mary's Calne as the "Virgin Megastore".

Kids these days...

  suze
159320.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:11 am Reply with quote

MatC wrote:
Glorious. And it links to the Ainus at post 155289


Surely you weren't suggesting that "your Ainus" sounds a bit like "Uranus" ...

Sadly for the gag, it's more like "Eye-noo" (IPA: [ai̯nu]).

  MatC
159321.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:13 am Reply with quote

Suze! Would I?

  Flash
159323.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:17 am Reply with quote

Quote:
it's more like "Eye-noo" (IPA: [ai̯nu])


Not if I have anything to do with it, it isn't.

  eggshaped
159336.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:29 am Reply with quote

Question: What would you say if an Etonian said "abumgang" to you?

Answer: Your welcome.

  Bunter
159345.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:46 am Reply with quote

Or: "Why do Etonians think women are mingers?"

  MatC
159350.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:54 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
Quote:
it's more like "Eye-noo" (IPA: [ai̯nu])


Not if I have anything to do with it, it isn't.


To be fair, "Paris" isn't pronounced "Paris" by the natives - but I'm not an Ainu, so I'm perfectly entitled to prnounce it phonetically. (If it's rude, obviously; otherwise I'll make the effort).

  MatC
159351.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:55 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Question: What would you say if an Etonian said "abumgang" to you?

Answer: Your welcome.


With a forfeit for "Your dorm or mine?"

  Bunter
166442.  Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:40 am Reply with quote

I forgot to mention this delicious note on Old Etonians.

The Old Etonian football team have won the FA Cup twice: once in 1879, and again 1882 (where they defeated Blackburn Rovers).

They were runners up a whopping 4 times.

I would have thought this ranked them in the top 20 of most successful FA Cup teams of all time.

Alan will no doubt (coughs) love this factoid...

 

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