July 9th, 2009

Hungarian universities

When: early 1980s

Where: Hungary

Searched: Wikipedia ("http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_in_Hungary") and links from there, including
                              various institutions home pages.

         It's 1981-ish and I'm teenage Hungarian, fresh out of gymnasium with above-average grades and well-above-average test scores.  Where do I go to get (the closest equivalent of) a college liberal arts education?
        Of the places I've looked into, all either a) were founded after 1990, or b) specialize in a particular discipline (medicine, law, management/business, performing arts, etc.).
        I understand Hungary's a small country ( roughly ten million), so there won't be the number of institutions available in western Europe, much less the United States.  But it's hard to believe there wasn't someplace that trained the mathematicians and engineers and schoolteachers.

Edwardian Insults?

Setting: Post-Edwardian England, around 1912 or so.

Basically I need a word that my character could use to refer to the thugs that beat up his friend. Something roughly equivalent to today's 'bastard' or 'git'. He's from a well-off background, public school educated (as in an Eton-type place), currently at University (Cambridge, to be specific). Mainly, I've found very American words that I can't imagine him using, he being painfully British, of the 'I say, let's jolly well play cricket!' type.

I've seen PG Wodehouse use 'son of unmarried parents', but that sounds far too much like a comic euphemism, though it does suggest that 'bastard' was being used as an insult.

Research: I've looked in the archives here and googled various combinations of 'Edwardian slang' , 'Jazz Age insults', 'public school [and Eton] insults', but no banana.

I'd love a good list of British Edwardian (or thereabouts) slang, so if anyone knows any ...