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Old 2010-06-12, 14:27   #2
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Originally Posted by davieddy View Post
I suppose "Soccer" and "Rugger" are most freguently heard in schools and universities. My father (Oxford 1921)
explained the slang current at the time, and referred to
the Queen as "the Quagger".

The Oxbridge "-er" slang has almost disappeared now. It was common at Oxford from roughly 1890 up to the first world war or so. It was already in decline when your father went up.

"Cuppers" are still held at Oxford; the word "bugger" is in widespread use though I'm not completely certain that it derives from -er slang. However, both elements in the term "rugger-bugger", which is still occasionally met, derive from -er slang. I can't at the moment think of any other examples still in use.

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