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John Saunders
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Postby John Saunders » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:22 am

The provenance of masters' nicknames fascinates me (particularly when I am supposed to be engaged on more serious work!).

Jim Scouse (RGS 1957-64) has put forward a bold claim that his form (5Y/5UY for 1960/61 and 1961/62) coined the following two nicknames...

1. 'Fenners' for Mr FN (Neil) Cooper. It derives from the name James Fenimore Cooper, the author of 'The Last of the Mohicans', with 'Fenimore' then turned into the posh slang 'Fenners', to reflect its owner's refined manner and diction. Nothing to do with the Cambridge cricket ground of the same name (Mr Cooper being an Oxford man).

2. 'Chuff' for Mr BR (Bernard) Rowlands. The formula for this goes... initials BR = British Railways = steam trains = chuffer trains = Chuff.

I told Jim I would enter his form's claim to be the coiner of 'Fenners' and 'Chuff' on the Forum to see if any counterclaims come forward. If none are received within 12 months, their claim should have quasi-legal force.
John Saunders
RGS 1963-70 (personal website

Rodney Sabine
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Re: Nicknames

Postby Rodney Sabine » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:08 pm

'Bulldog' Clark - slight facial resemblance
'Doggy' Scott - reversal of Scotty Dog
SAM Male - his actual initials, as opposed to Sam Morgan, who was just SM
'Chunky' Jones - ? not sure, but the reason I speak French with a welsh accent.
'Taffy ' Davies - obvious

The memory fades...
Rodney Sabine (RGS 1957-65), born 1947, died 2013