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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    That’s a rich seam.

    “Spacker” was common currency alongside “Joey”. But who remembers “flid”?
    Never heard of Joey or Spacker.
    But Flid certainly another horrible cruel word commonly used in and around London.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveM112 View Post
    Never heard of Joey or Spacker.
    But Flid certainly another horrible cruel word commonly used in and around London.
    Joey Deacon https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Deacon who was a spack (spastic, as people with cerebral palsy were known at the time).

    Those terms all seem rather regrettable now, although 'spaz' seems to have somewhat broken free of it's negative origin.

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    Will be a local thing, but to call someone a 'botley' was to suggest they weren't quite of a sound mind (there was an psychiatric hospital in Epsom called Botley Park).

    Some of these really take me back

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    Joey Deacon https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Deacon who was a spack (spastic, as people with cerebral palsy were known at the time).
    His appearance on Blue Peter clearly left an indelible impression on a whole generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d View Post
    Will be a local thing, but to call someone a 'botley' was to suggest they weren't quite of a sound mind (there was an psychiatric hospital in Epsom called Botley Park).

    Some of these really take me back
    Sadly, everyone resident in the delightful town of Bodmin in Cornwall were saddled with the accusation of all being incarcerated in the county psychiatric hospital of St. Lawrence situate in that town.

    I don't watch Doc Martin as the cast insist on standing in the way of the stunning scenery, but I am told that someone "is a bit Bodmin" is a phrase sometimes used in that show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d;[URL="[URL
    tel:5366716[/URL]"]5366716[/URL]]Will be a local thing, but to call someone a 'botley' was to suggest they weren't quite of a sound mind (there was an psychiatric hospital in Epsom called Botley Park).

    Some of these really take me back
    “Botley” used around Walton & Weybridge area too in the 60s and 70s. After a Botleys Park psychiatric hospital in the grounds of St Peters Hospital Chertsey.

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    "You'll have somebody's eye out with that"

    and one that happened to me when I told my brother to 'F-Off' in company when I was 8....

    "I'll wash you mouth out".......

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    Growing up in the 70's/80's

    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d View Post
    Will be a local thing, but to call someone a 'botley' was to suggest they weren't quite of a sound mind (there was an psychiatric hospital in Epsom called Botley Park).

    Some of these really take me back
    Same here locally in Wiltshire there was a psychiatric hospital outside Devizes called Roundway - substitute Botley for Roundway and there you go.

    When I was young my father used to refer to my unkempt hair as looking like the wreck of the Hesperus.

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    Very clear memories of my Nan threatening to give us all a piece of her mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENES View Post
    If you unscrew your bellybutton, your bum will fall off!
    Have you proved that isn't true?

    Botley was an expression I recall. I guess it could have been from early school days in Egham, rather than my later ones in Dorset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    That’s a rich seam.

    “Spacker” was common currency alongside “Joey”. But who remembers “flid”?
    Yes, Joey = Condom, Flid or Spaz were general used while your tongue pushed out your lower lip/chin, certainly couldn't use those terms so openly now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Have you proved that isn't true?

    Botley was an expression I recall. I guess it could have been from early school days in Egham, rather than my later ones in Dorset.

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    Close the door where you born in a barn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_2_Right-Force View Post
    Gordon Bennett.......!! Used by my mother as a mild form of cursing during a spell of exasperation.
    Anyone else heard that one - who was this fabled Gordon Bennett?
    Even the OED has heard of that one:

    Etymology: Probably < the name of James Gordon Bennett Jr. (1841–1918), U.S. publisher, editor, and sponsor of sporting events, perhaps as a euphemistic substitution for gorblimey


    That's the same man that is indirectly responsible for British Racing Green...see Wiki...

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    Put the wood in the 'ole...as in "please close the door".

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    Quote Originally Posted by murkeywaters View Post
    Yes, Joey = Condom, Flid or Spaz were general used while your tongue pushed out your lower lip/chin, certainly couldn't use those terms so openly now!
    You say that...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Passenger View Post

    'Thank you Sir' what we were obliged to say after the Head administered the cane.
    God, I remember that -and for the worst offences slippering by the PE teacher in assembly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrzej View Post
    God, I remember that -and for the worst offences slippering by the PE teacher in assembly!
    Ah the added humiliation of ritual punishment in front of the whole school those were the days.

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    A Noddy Tap - punishment dished out in class by a teacher (or fellow student), using a clenched fist with protruding knuckle which was whacked down hard on the top of your head!

    Blue Goldfish - a legendary punishment dished out by older kids (bullies), where your head was pushed into the wc pan & the toilet flushed!
    Not sure why it was a blue goldfish - yellow or brown would probably have been more appropriate!

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    Yes, the blue goldfish, before starting Grammar I was advised by older cousins to definitely say no and to run, in the event the older boys should ask 'do you want to see the blue goldfish.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by nibby View Post
    Same here locally in Wiltshire there was a psychiatric hospital outside Devizes called Roundway - substitute Botley for Roundway and there you go.

    When I was young my father used to refer to my unkempt hair as looking like the wreck of the Hesperus.

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    Same here, you’re a Runwell/Severall were terms of abuse where I lived.

    Strange how there’s now no need for all of these institutions and sites developed for housing, retail parks or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jari37 View Post
    *scratches imaginary beard on chin to indicate disbelief*
    This was a reference to Jimmy Hill and his big chin. Later in my school it became 'Jimmy Reckon' to signify even more disbelief :)

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    I have a couple more playground punishments from my secondary school days :-

    A Kootch (unsure on official spelling, as I've never had to write it down before!) - AKA a Wedgie, often administered intil underpants were heard to rip!

    A Posting - victim was grabbed by several perpetrators as if they were going to administer the bumps. But no, victim was run at speed with their legs apart straight into the metal lamp post, causing untold pain & damage to their crown jewels!

    Fond memories of my time at school - luckily I was never a victim!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Same here, you’re a Runwell/Severall were terms of abuse where I lived.
    I must admit I didn't expect to see those. Used to use the Runwell insult as a kid, and now live about a mile from Severalls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Passenger View Post
    Yes, the blue goldfish, before starting Grammar I was advised by older cousins to definitely say no and to run, in the event the older boys should ask 'do you want to see the blue goldfish.'
    Black goldfish at mine, I assume that meant the plug in the bottom of the sink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigvic View Post
    “Botley” used around Walton & Weybridge area too in the 60s and 70s. After a Botleys Park psychiatric hospital in the grounds of St Peters Hospital Chertsey.
    I was in Esher in the '70s, never knew there was a Botleys at St Peters (only ever heard it referenced as the Epsom Botley Home)

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnboy9876 View Post
    This was a reference to Jimmy Hill and his big chin. Later in my school it became 'Jimmy Reckon' to signify even more disbelief :)
    Round my area it was "chinny chin chin" whilst pulling down on one's chin.

    Deacon = joey = spaz

    You wombat = idiot

    Mallet = pre-pubescent boy

    Scramble = the act of throwing spare conkers to the end of the playground full of witing eager kids and therefore an accurate description of what then occurred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d View Post
    I was in Esher in the '70s, never knew there was a Botleys at St Peters (only ever heard it referenced as the Epsom Botley Home)
    The original Botleys Mansion behind St Peters is now a wedding venue - some kind of irony there I think!

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    Parent to child as pointing to police officer:

    “See that policeman over there. If you’re bad he’ll take you away!”

    Parent to child as pointing to police officer:

    “If ever you’re in trouble and need help, ask a policeman!”

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d;[URL="[URL
    tel:5367810[/URL]"]5367810[/URL]]I was in Esher in the '70s, never knew there was a Botleys at St Peters (only ever heard it referenced as the Epsom Botley Home)
    The greatest Friday nights ever were spent at the King George’s Hall disco in Esher and also the Walton Hop between 1978 & 1980! I apologise now if any of you had daughters aged 15-17 and lived in Thames Ditton at that time too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    You say that...

    There's a word for that 'man', but we're not allowed to use it on public parts of the forum...

    Anyone who defends him, though, in my eyes is one, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Are those two racist?

    I always assumed the first was meaning you'd die and the second was more a reflection on the fact that Africa was frequently in the news for famines and that food waste was a bad thing, which some people still seem to believe (maybe more so!) ...
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    Open to interpretation I guess, certainly where the Olds in my household were concerned, casual racism was never far away. And they're not expressions I'd use outside of quotes nowadays!

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    Does anyone remember “ tunnel of boots” as part of someone double touching in one touch football?... it was bloody vicious and played daily at my school in Oxfordshire.
    Anyone remember the card game where any royal card equaled a pinch, punch, knuckles etc to the persons hand who had turned that card over?
    I also remover puncture wounds in my hands from the game of spreading ones fingers apart on a table and seeing how fast you could tap through them with a compass!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENES View Post
    I have a couple more playground punishments from my secondary school days :-

    A Kootch (unsure on official spelling, as I've never had to write it down before!) -
    Maybe from cwtch, a Welsh cuddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    "Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire".

    Plus lots of cockney rhyming slang like;

    Want some holy ghost?

    Nice bit of currant

    A load of pony

    You Berk etc etc
    As a southerner living up north I use this for a laugh.
    Last week working with a kitchen fitter I said I was going to have a bit of Yul Bryner.
    He said "what's that"
    I said dinner, Yul Bryner.
    "Eh"
    He was in the Magnificent seven.
    "What's that".
    A film, name the magnificent seven an all that.

    That was the end of the conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Leeds View Post
    As a southerner living up north I use this for a laugh.
    Last week working with a kitchen fitter I said I was going to have a bit of Yul Bryner.
    He said "what's that"
    I said dinner, Yul Bryner.
    "Eh"
    He was in the Magnificent seven.
    "What's that".
    A film, name the magnificent seven an all that.

    That was the end of the conversation.
    Maybe he was under 60.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclealec View Post
    Maybe he was under 60.
    38 but I thought he might have heard of the film as I think there may have been a remake.

    I've just googled it and yes there was, in 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Leeds View Post
    38 but I thought he might have heard of the film as I think there may have been a remake.

    I've just googled it and yes there was, in 2016.
    Was there? Maybe I am over 60.

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