April 19th, 2006


Need a Geordie, plz!

I'm trying to find an endearment that a fellow of Geordie origin would use for a boy/young man in his care. He's been in the US for a while, and the boy's been his ward since age 8 (he's now 17, and eventually the two of them will move into a romantic relationship.) My googling found "kidda" but gave no context other than the general explanation of it as an endearment. Would this work in my particular situation? I've had him saying "kiddo" anyway, but I'm not sure if that reads as too Americanized. (If it helps any, think Robson Green as the Geordie. Actually, thinking of Robson Green always helps, for just about anything.) Thanks in advance!

Multiplication training in Australian education circa 1960

In the film "Fahrenheit 451" British schoolchildren can be heard chanting their times tables (e.g. "Nine sixteens are a hundred and forty-four, nine seventeens are a hundred and fifty-three", etc.). Was this system also used by the Australian schools (specifically in the fifties and sixties; character in question was born in 1954)? And how high do they go? Did they really train kids to learn the multiplication tables up to nineteen, or was that just in the movie? I did find this page which lists all the rhymes, but that's all I can find that's relevant, and that goes to twelve.
Beast in gold

Prenatal care in 1920s Britain

Hi - long time reader, first time poster and all that. Googling found me a very small amount of information that was America-centric and not very specific, so...

Context: a story set in rural England in 1925, featuring a young upper-class character who is pregnant (but managed to hide it for the first three months). Her parents-in-law are very wealthy and would want the absolute best for her.

What I'm looking for are details on the prenatal care she would receive - how she might be examined by a midwife (or doctor? That needs clearing up too), what equipment s/he might use, what drugs she might be prescribed etc. - throughout her pregnancy. And also how much of this care she'd be likely to get - did medical professionals tend to meddle a lot in those days or were they more likely to let nature take its course?

Thanks in advance.
gothy Vincent
  • arinye

Enforced military service...

Help! I have Googled and Wiki'd and asked people until my brain is sore. I can't find anything helpful.

My question: If 'conscripts' are troops unwillingly (or at least enforcedly) serving in their own army, what would you call people forced to fight in someone else's army?

Like, for example, if the Japanese had kidnapped Koreans in WWII and forced them to fight.
  • 3_2_1


Is there a term for the following prayer structure?

Priest: May the lord be with you.
Congregation: And also with you.

Not being a religious person, I'm not even certain of the proper terms for googling. The closest I can come up with is "call and response", and not only is that probably wrong but it is also too bulky of a descriptor.

So...anyone? Thanks in advance!

ETA: I don't mean to ask the name of the exact prayer example I cite here, but rather if there is a term for the back-and-forth call/response structure of it.

ETA 2: Thank you all! This is the first time I've used this community and it is quite impressive. I think I am going to go with litany, as it seems to have the closest definition to what I needed, though I'm guessing the term probably varies according to religion and sect.
Kanetsugu looking off

Japanese Children and Make Believe Figures

I don't know how to explain what I'm looking for exactly, but here it goes:

I'm looking for a figure like Santa Clause, in that, Japanese children believe in this figure's existance. Someone that children don't find out isn't real until they get older, usually be accident. A figure whom a child might be upset/disapointed to find out isn't real.
Rafal Oblinski

Will Self translation

A friend of mine is translating a short story by Will Self for her MA thesis and has run across a few snags, presumably because of Self's allusions. The translation is into Norwegian, and naturally she'd like to get as close to suitable Norwegian terms as possible.

British friends, dope fiend friends and various online and printed resources come up short on the following problems, but maybe somebody here could help her out?

'What’s he on nowadays?' Wotton adopted the hobbyist tone he used for
serious drug talk.
'Same as ever. Five mill. Dexies during the day, tombstones or bombers if
he’s out on the razzle.'

Any idea what "tombstones" might be?

The Ferret and his guest were being imperfectly served by yet another
Dilly boy, Jon […] who lent a tin ear to his silver service.

A Dilly boy is apparently a gay rent boy, but does anybody have an idea about what the term "Dilly boy" refers to?

Also, "a tin ear to his silver service" is obviously Self playing with words, but is he referring to some expression in particular?

Thank you!

ETA: "Dilly boy" and "a tin ear to his silver service" sorted, thank you all very much.

As to "tombstones"; since the character uses bombers or tombstones interchangeably, both my friend and I suspected that tombstones are downers of some sort, but we have very little experience with pills of any kind. Are there any downers in pill form that are rectangular-ish and white or grey, that might fit the bill?

In-the-Field Research

This is a pretty neat article by the Library of Congress for anyone researching. You can even download a pdf and keep it.

A Layman's Introduction to Field Techniques


What to Collect
Conducting Fieldwork
How to do Fieldwork
What to do with the Results
The Professional Folklorist
Additional Reading
Internet Resources
Model Forms:
- Fieldwork Data
- Audio & Video Log
- Photo Log
- Release Forms
PDFs for Printing:
- Front Cover [2.8MB : 1 pg]
- Content [16.1MB : 44 pgs]
- Back Cover [2.8MB : 1 pg]

Scoptophobia / scopophobia

Just a quick question that I can't seem to find the answer to anywhere:

The definition of scoptophobia I keep getting given is "Fear of being seen or stared at" or "Fear of looking at something / being looked at". This might sounds like a bit of a pedantic question, but does this include a fear of eye contact? If not, is there a phobia name specifically for this? (I've been given 'social phobia' and 'social anxiety' repeatedly when looking this up, but that's not really what I want. It's very specifically just the eye contact).

Thanks in advance :)

New York State location for artistic commune, mid1970s to 1980s

In approximately 1985, a character of mine is recovering from heroin addiction and moves out of New York City into a commune of artists. (While he arrives there mid-1980s, it's been around for 5-10 years and continues into the 90s.)
I'm trying to figure out a plausible location for this commune.
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D, The coolest mofo on the planet

Names for the human world

Closest example I can think of: Norse mythology's Midgard.

Need mythological names for the human world. Most had a Heaven, Earth, Hell type deal, IE, Asgard, Midgard, Utgard, but unfortunately, Midgard is the only human world mythological name I can think of.

So. Human world names, any and every mythology you can think of.