April 5th, 2005

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I need a phrase that someone might say when they think they're about to hear something they don't want to. I'm not talking "Oh shit," or soemthing that basic, I'm looking for media-based, pretty common. I've already used "Danger, Will Robinson!" and "Spider-sense tingling" to give you an idea. Have at it, y'all . . .
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Britspeak sort of question...

I apologize in advance because I know this must be easy to find somehow, and I'm just not figuring it out, but I truly don't know how to search for this (and the searches I've done haven't given me very good results). I'm looking for the British equivalent of labels such as "jock", "nerd", and "teacher's pet". My story takes place in the 1970s, and it's a Harry Potter fic actually. Here's the passage I need them for, for reference:

It had been naïve of her to think that her problems would end in the Wizarding world. The hierarchy she’d found herself in amongst her new peers went way beyond any of the ‘jock’, ‘nerd’, ‘teacher’s pet’ designations she’d confronted in the past.

Pureblood, Half-Blood and Muggleborn (or Mudblood, to an unfortunate amount of people). Everything was about parentage, and if you didn’t have the right kind (were Muggleborn), you weren’t a real wizard.


The "her" in question is Lily Evans (otherwise known as Lily Potter), and though I feel I've finished the story, whenever I read it over, I can't help thinking that there are better, more appropriate words I could use for those examples of school/teenage hierarchy.

I'd really appreciate any help anyone can offer. Thanks so much in advance, and I look forward to hearing from you! :)

(ETA: Oh, also, is the word "prefect" capitalized? I've gotten conflicting results from searches I've done, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. :))

French army boots

Is there any writing or markings on French army boots that would identify them as being French? Like, if a character found a pair of them and had never seen French army boots before, is there anything that would indicate to her that they were French? I know they have a distinctive double-buckle, like this:

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But my character doesn't know what French army boots look like, so she wouldn't be able to readily identify them as being French unless they said "Fabrique en France" or something like that on them somewhere. And I need her to be able to notice that they are French. (It's complicated ;))

Anyway, thanks in advance!
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