Education: Schoolboy Slang

Wonderful is British school boys' slang. Derived from Latin, classical literature and centuries of schoolboy gibberish, it is as much a trademark of public (British for private) schools as the old school tie. It is also a clue to the character of British public schoolboys. Last week Britons able to take their minds off death in Flanders could amuse themselves with an authoritative new dictionary of schoolboys' slang (Public School Slang, by Morris Marples -Constable & Co.).

Since World War 1, schoolboy slang has been enriched by army expressions (e.g., gadget, posh,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!