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Caligastia
13-04-2006, 15:37:39
When someone English acts stuffy my wife says they have the English stick up their ass.

Can someone explain the history of the English stick? Who was the first English person to start the stick-up-the-arse tradition?

Gibsie
13-04-2006, 15:49:47
this thread is an outrage and not funny.

Caligastia
13-04-2006, 15:51:01
sounds like someone has his stick very firmly inserted

Lazarus and the Gimp
13-04-2006, 17:00:51
It was a space-saving means of stacking convicts on the ships to the Southern Seas.

Japher
13-04-2006, 17:02:17
they would put sticks up their butts?

Immortal Wombat
13-04-2006, 17:24:58
The English stick-up-the-arse was introduced by the Master of Jesus College in 1315. Each undergraduate had the stick inserted, in order of class position, upon their graduation. Because of the influence exerted by Cambridge graduates, the stick-up-the-arse became the fashion quite rapidly, being introduced in Oxford in 1386, and then by Royal Decree in the 1470s to invigorate the soldiery during the War of the Roses.

The tradition of using an actual stick was for the most part retired in the mid-nineteenth century, after Queen Victoria witnessed a particularly vigorous instance and called upon Parliament to pass a law limiting the practice to a purely metaphorical existence. It took some time before this could be properly enforced, with some of the more traditional educational institutions holding out until well into the twentieth century.

For further details, the British Museum has an exhibition of the practice, which include the stick that was used by the City and Guilds of London for most of the eighteenth century.

JM^3
13-04-2006, 17:27:27
Originally posted by Japher
they would put sticks up their butts?

your interested?

JM

Japher
13-04-2006, 17:28:15
it would be nice to know if the process they used to get the stick out

Immortal Wombat
13-04-2006, 17:29:44
A quick jerk with a twist.

Japher
13-04-2006, 17:33:47
thanks.

good timing too, my boss is here

Caligastia
13-04-2006, 17:51:46
Originally posted by Immortal Wombat
The English stick-up-the-arse was introduced by the Master of Jesus College in 1315. Each undergraduate had the stick inserted, in order of class position, upon their graduation. Because of the influence exerted by Cambridge graduates, the stick-up-the-arse became the fashion quite rapidly, being introduced in Oxford in 1386, and then by Royal Decree in the 1470s to invigorate the soldiery during the War of the Roses.

The tradition of using an actual stick was for the most part retired in the mid-nineteenth century, after Queen Victoria witnessed a particularly vigorous instance and called upon Parliament to pass a law limiting the practice to a purely metaphorical existence. It took some time before this could be properly enforced, with some of the more traditional educational institutions holding out until well into the twentieth century.

For further details, the British Museum has an exhibition of the practice, which include the stick that was used by the City and Guilds of London for most of the eighteenth century.

:lol:

Darkstar
13-04-2006, 21:21:12
:lol:@Immortal Wombat!

Gibsie
14-04-2006, 02:50:45
Originally posted by Caligastia
sounds like someone has his stick very firmly inserted

This is very offensive to me (And racist, but why am I not suprised, coming from you). I'm reporting you to Ming for this.

Funko
14-04-2006, 10:59:30
Why are you laughing at IW when he gives you the answer?

MoSe
14-04-2006, 11:29:27
that's so funny it almost looks as if it's made up!
;)

BTW, was the stick smooth, or had it nodes and rough bark and twig stubs?
And, does that mean that the dean performed the first insertion, then pulled it out and went on with the next graduate using the same stick, without ever claning it?

JM^3
14-04-2006, 11:33:03
the stick is ribbed...

JM

Immortal Wombat
14-04-2006, 11:44:34
Depends on the institution. Oxford used knobbly sticks, because they're bastards.

And it wasn't the dean, it was the Head Proctor, usually, hence "proctologist".

MoSe
14-04-2006, 11:51:48
Any lube?

Immortal Wombat
14-04-2006, 11:53:34
What, and have people think they're gay? Hah.

MoSe
14-04-2006, 11:59:04
stupid me, it'd defeat its own purpose, doh.

JM^3
14-04-2006, 12:18:13
now he doesn't want to immigrate

JM

Caligastia
14-04-2006, 19:22:48
Originally posted by Gibsie
This is very offensive to me (And racist, but why am I not suprised, coming from you). I'm reporting you to Ming for this.

:lol:

Provost Harrison
17-04-2006, 20:48:23
Originally posted by Caligastia
When someone English acts stuffy my wife says they have the English stick up their ass.

Can someone explain the history of the English stick? Who was the first English person to start the stick-up-the-arse tradition?

I felt left out for a moment. I thought your racism only extended to those people of curious pigmentation, but now I know this fair island has not been omitted :D :beer:

Caligastia
17-04-2006, 21:09:58
Are you suggesting that only whites are british? Racist! Racist! Racist!

Funko
18-04-2006, 08:20:24
The only good whites.

Gary
18-04-2006, 09:06:38
English, surely ?

Funko
18-04-2006, 09:18:48
You think I'd suggest such a thing when my girlfriend's scottish?

Of course I would. Good point. :beer:

mr_G
18-04-2006, 09:56:16
scottisch - highland games - :nervous:

now THAT's a stick

Funko
18-04-2006, 09:57:25
:lol:

Gary
18-04-2006, 10:35:58
Och - that's just a wee toothpick laddie.

shagnasty
18-04-2006, 10:45:05
Aye, there's nothing like a good toss.

King_Ghidra
18-04-2006, 12:03:24
:lol:@IW