by Rafael Henry

An explanation of terms used in the story

Gosh – An exclamation; expression of surprise, or to give emphasis.

Clobber – Layers of clothing.

NSPCC – The National Association for the Protection of Children

Undone – Fallen from grace.

Your people – Your parent[s] or guardian[s].

A wake – A social gathering that precedes or follows a funeral

A snap – Simply, a photograph.

Solicitor – A lawyer in the UK.

Bods – People.

Fair do's – Fair enough. Fair play.

School term – Like a semester, the academic year divided, usually into three terms, with a longer summer holiday, and two shorter ones at Christmas and Easter. Terms have names in some school, eg. Michaelmas, Lent, Trinity etc.

A New boy – A boy in his first term at the school. Fresher.

Pavement – Sidewalk

Prefect – A Roman term. A schoolboy in a trusted position of authority over the lower orders. Considered an honour, conferred on the mature and sensible, and for boys capable of basic administrative tasks. Often required to be addressed as 'Sir', like a master.

Lamberts – One of the boarding houses.

Dorm – Short for dormitory, a sleeping room for several individuals.

A holdall – A small non-rigid 'overnight' style bag with two handles.

Trunk – A large box that can be locked, about 4 feet by 2.5 into which all clothes and other belongings can be packed for transit from school to home. Every boy will be required to have one. Initials painted on the top for ID purposes.

Master – A teacher. Or the title given to a pre-teen boy.

Pants – Underpants. In 1980's England, almost all boys opted for the fashionable and inexpensive new 'bikini' briefs as the must-have style.

Prep – Short for preparatory work, done after the school teaching day, normally at home in the evening. At a boarding school, it would be completed in a classroom supervised probably by a senior boy.

Custard creams – Biscuits oft favoured by boys due to the sweet filling in between two biscuity layers.

Durex – A brand of condom. Comes in three different sizes. Snug, young teens for the use of, that can or can't.

Jeeves – The butler in the P G Wodehouse 'Jeeves and Wooster' books.

Joie de vivre – Love for life.

Chesterfield – A type of leather sofa.

Sent to Coventry – No one will speak to you. Isolation of silence. Ostracised.

A Tart – A junior boy, probably, who is known to grant sexual favours to senior boys.

Tarting – Verb. Very often an attractive and sexually precocious junior boy acting in a provocative manner in order to attract the interest of another, usually his senior.

Togs – Clothes, kit etc.

Toy time – That period after lights out when the shyer boys can masturbate more privately.

Cum rag – Anything to hand to mop up after ejaculation, eg. a hanky, sock, tee shirt, tissue, pair of underpants, or anything to hand.

Y Front – Underpants of the voluminous type, hard to negotiate, and universally replaced by the slip – A cheaper, smaller, briefer, thinner, silky and sexier garment entirely, in use by most boys by the early 1980's. Largely supplanted by boxer shorts and the like by the 2010's, except for the younger boy.

Rugger – Another name for rugby, the game played with an oval ball and hard to catch. A rugger bugger is someone excessively keen on the game, and good at it. Nothing to do with sodomy.

VAT – Value Added Tax. A Uk sales tax.

Tuck box – A plywood box, with padlock, something every boy has, for storage of anything personal he wants to keep private, especially foodstuffs such as biscuits or cake.

Decent – Good quality. Moral. As in 'he's a decent bloke'.

Bloke – A male person. As in 'he's a good bloke'.

Tool – A fool, idiot. A penis, as in 'did you see that boy's tool?'

Colours – Awarded for sporting excellence, or other activities, in the form of a different tie from the norm, or even a special blazer.

Blazer – A jacket, with school badge, worn all day, except during very hot weather when a concession might be made.

Comprehensive [school] – Wide Ability, ages 11 to 18. Simplified, an amalgamation of the old Secondary Modern and the selective Grammar School, and other systems of education adopted widely in most areas of England in 1965. A Socialist idea brought to being by the then Labour Government [as opposed to the Conservatives]. A very few Local Authorities resisted the change and held on to a selective system based on perceived academic ability [tested at age ten] until the present day.

Hols – Short for holidays.

Billet-doux – Love letter.

On bone – Erect.

George – An androgenous female character, aged about twelve, from Enid Blighton's children's books, The Famous Five [and others] who would much rather have been born a boy.

Mons pubis – A fatty mound, in girls and smaller in boys, being effectively a cushion protecting the pubic bones during sex.

Roundheads versus Cavaliers – Opposing armies of the English Civil War [c17], and a convenient way to separate one set of boys from another. In the 1960's, the division was about 50/50. In the present day [2022] in the UK, 1 in 5 [20 pc] are circumcised; in the USA, the figure is 71 per cent.

A Donkey – Found in art rooms, to sit astride with drawing board supported at the front. Girls and boys advised not to wear skirts.

Inspector Morse – An excellent and popular detective TV show from the 1980's set in Oxford.

TLC – Tender loving care.

Longs – Long trousers.

Loo – Lavatory, or in other parlance, a toilet.

A pong – A foul smell.

Listen with Mother – A story telling radio programme for very young children from the 1950's in the UK.

BM – Bowel movement.

Bath – Tub, filled with warm water for washing and contemplation.

Ninepins – A game like skittles.

RAF – Royal Air Force.

A Polly – A girly boy, or not, known to have granted his services to another.

Co-ed – Boys and girls educated together.

Fostering – Giving a non-permanent home to boy or girl, usually up to the age of 18. Adoption is permanent.

Bits – Genitals.

CRB check – Used by organizations such as schools, scout groups etc, to check individuals for a criminal record that would bar them from contact with young or vulnerable people; currently DBS Check which does the same task, but by the Disclosure and Barring Service

Tossing off – To do something quickly. A masturbating session. As in 'I tossed John off this morning'.

A tosser – Someone you have a low opinion of.

A 'do' – A social event or party.

Lavs – Lavatories, loos, or toilets, usually in a row with doors that didn't lock, and a large space under, greatly reducing privacy and increasing the possibilities for the voyeur.

Lights out – When the dormitory light is put out and the boys are expected to be silent and go to sleep.

A boy-sexual – A man, or older boy, who is sexually attracted to boys.

Pedicate – Verb, and better than say 'to have anal intercourse with'.

To bum – Same as to pedicate, but coarser.

Fundament – The buttocks or, much more often, the orifice between them.

intercrural – a. Between the thighs, sex in which the man thrusts his cock between the boy's thighs.

Interfemoral – Same as intercrural.

Irrumate – To insert the male sexual organ in a person's mouth.

Podex – The fundament, buttocks and the orifice between them.

Spend – To ejaculate.

Perineal raphe – A visible line or ridge of tissue on the body that extends from the anus through the perineum to the scrotum (male).

Suffolk – One of many 'counties' in England

To fancy – To feel attracted sexually to a boy, or another.

Bathroom – A room containing a bath tub, and not exclusively a lavatory.

Latinist – A person interested in that language.

The Screw – Short for The Turning of the Screw. Some Latin words sung by Miles, as follows…

Clunis – meaning anus. Clunes, buttocks; and some latin slang words for penis… vermiculus, cucumis, caulis, vectis; and follis, meaning scrotum.

Kennedy's First Latin Primer – A text book for young Latin learners. Traditionally young learners defaced the first letter, 'L', of the word Latin to form an E, thus the title becomes First Eatin Primer. Ho ho.

RADA – The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

The chough – A red-billed [and feet] black coastal bird found in the far western English county of Cornwall.

Thrift – A low growing plant with small pink flowers.

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