In the '20s, according to Novelist Evelyn Waugh in Brideshead Revisited, the smart Oxford undergraduate ate plovers' eggs, read T. S. Eliot, drove a Morris-Cowley two-seater, might even carry a pet Teddy bear around with him.
In 1950, standards have changed, but not much. With its tongue barely bulging its cheek, Satire, a new Oxford undergraduate magazine, lists requirements for present-day "smarties":
¶ "It is not smart to attend lectures, unless they have not the remotest connection with one's subject . . . No smartie has ever heard of Science."
¶ "One must have...