|Just a thought - if foul was such a terribly bad word - how did Hilda and others cope with reading through the witches' first speech in Macbeth???
(For anyone that doesn't know the play - the witches dance round a cauldron chanting Fair is foul and foul is fair,)
|"Oh, smash-er-I mean wizard! " Vi said, hurriedly correcting herself. "Wizard!" was allowed in the school, but "smashing" most certainly was not.|
|Alison H wrote:|
|I wonder where all the money they nabbed from people for using slang/speaking the wrong language for the day went to ...|
|There seems to be far less slang in the later books, than in the early ones. Do you think this means the crusade against it was effective?|
|I've just started rereading the School at the Chalet, and there is plenty of slang on view from ALL the Bettanys in their initial discussions about the Tyrol!!!|
|would love to see Hilda dealing with 'whatever'
also 'I knew that' which seems to be current slang for 'I'm never wrong about anything at all'
|Fiona Mc wrote:|
Or "Talk to the hand" I would love to see Hilda's face at that one
Holding up his hand, Ned gleefully offered the current schoolboy putdown. "Talk to the hand, not to the face! Leave a message after the beep."
|"Bring her along, Martha!" exclaimed the woman already in the motor-car. "Here come a couple of rubber-necks."
This expression, to Jessie's mind, marked the driver of the automobile for exactly what she was. Nor did the face of the fat woman impress the girl as being any more refined.
|And didn't Phil Craven swear at Mary-Lou? I seem to remember she did and didn't get much of a punishment. A threat to wash her mouth out if it happened again or something.
(Just corrected a typo in the first sentence, but I'd quite like to leave it in, cos it made me giggle - the first draft read, "And didn't Phil Craven sweat at Mary-Lou?")
|I think 'absolutely it' might be one as well.
Did anyone in real life actually wash children's mouths out with soap? Or is that something that's said and never done?
I would have loved to see Miss Annersley or Matey dealing with 'talk to the hand'. I can just imagine a girl calmly strolling out of her study with her hand held up.
|Mrs Redboots wrote:|
How about "Am I bovvered?" Lauren of the Chalet School, anybody?!
|Characteristically, Jo was the first to recover herself. "Well I be gum-swizzled!" she ejaculated.
"Josephine! What language! I am ashamed of you!"
Then all of the girls sprang to their feet, for the voice was the voice of Madge Russell, and they had seen next to nothing of her that term....
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