The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
First published in 1959, Iona and Peter Opie's The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren is a pathbreaking work of scholarship that is also a splendid and enduring work of literature. Going outside the nursery, with its assortment of parent-approved entertainments, to observe and investigate the day-to-day creative intelligence and activities of children, the Opies bring to life the rites and rhymes, jokes and jeers, laws, games, and secret spells of what has been called "the greatest of savage tribes, and the only one which shows no signs of dying out."
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This is a brilliant piece of reference for anyone who want to know about children's culture, from skipping rhymes to jeers for unpopular children, special pranks, practices that have died out and many things that we vaguely recall from a childhood like the "I went to the Animal Fair" rhyme, for one.
JUST FOR FUN
WIT AND REPARTEE
PARODY AND IMPROPRIETY
CODE OF ORAL LEGISLATION
Juvenile Attitude to Folklore Ambulances Omens on the Way
New Years Day St Valentines Day Shrove Tuesday
FRIENDSHIP AND FORTUNE
THE CHILD AND AUTHORITY
Affirmation Testing Truthfulness Bets Bargain Making Swopping
NICKNAMES AND EPITHETS
Characteristics of Schoolchild Language Their Own Name Other
Spoilsports Sourpusses Spitfires Cleverdicks Dafties Fools