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,...

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