Wednesday, February 25, 2015


I got that 1959 book about the lore and language of schoolchildren I was telling you about. It's called THE LORE AND LANGUAGE OF SCHOOLCHILDREN. Chapter 10 is "Unpopular Children: Jeers and Torments." The "unpopular children" are divided into categories for discussion: Spoil-Sports, Sourpusses, Spitfires - Clever-Dicks - Dafties, Fools, and Dunces - Swankpots - Nosey Parkers - Stare-Cats - Cowards - Cry-Babies - Sneaks - Crawlers. The entry on swankpots begins, "Swankpots come in for stern disapproval."