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Traditional terms

CUTwC, as befits a club with an eminent history and its Oxbridge setting, sets great store by tradition. Typically, a tradition is something that has happened (or been said) at least once. The collective history of the Club means that newcomers may be bemused by frequent references to something that a member who left a decade ago may once have said. This section is intended to provide some enlightenment.

1320
One of the dates of the older parts of St Botolph's Church on Trumpington Street. Traditionally used to mean "a very long time ago", or (in the form "since 1320") "forever". Particularly used whenever the Committee behaves less than impeccably: they get called the worst Committee since 1320.
Amigos
To down an entire drink (or the remains of one) in one go; also used as an imperative when needing people to finish their drinks. Sometimes a contest to see who can finish a drink first (as in the Bombardier Slap-'Em Together Joogs). Pronounced "ahmeegoss", not "ahmeegoes".
As you would know, if you were a real gentleman
Porterhouse Blue-derived criticism of someone lacking some vital piece of education or etiquette from their background. See NARG.
BoBo
See Bouffant Boy.
Bouffant Boy
Dr Matthew Fayers (former President), who has fluffy hair.
Can you do that?
The response to a much simpler solution replacing a complex one. Coined by Droogs when trying to get chips with a meal by a sequence of complex substitutions.
Convention
Various drinking games have variants, described as the "inventer convention". Many games have a Fayers convention, for example.
Crawl Czar
The person taking control (possibly by seizing ancient powers) of one or many pub crawls.
DBW
David Bradley-Williams (former President).
Doccy F
See BoBo.
Doccy H
See Harper, Phatter.
Doccies S
Dr Stewart Sage (former President), who has more than one doctorate.
Doccy T
Dr Rupert Thompson (former President).
Doesn't it?
Traditional response to any question of the form "where's the..." (as in soap).
EFB
Ed's Former Bird. Sarah Knight (former President) who was, at one point, dating Dr Ed Wynn (former President).
Factual incorrection
Telling someone they're wrong, when in fact you are.
Fat man
Either a reprehensible individual (as in the Chris Goddard quote "Matthew, you're just a fat man") or used as a term of grudging admiration for, e.g., a successfully-executed difficult 'winks shot or going down with four fives in BoS.
(Dr) Fatty
Nick Inglis, Ph.D.
Fatty Smear
Mangled version of Matthew Fayers (also consider "meaty farts").
Fernag
Phonetic spelling of "qwxcl".
Fewer
CUTwC consists largely of pedants. As such, the mis-use of "less" has been loudly corrected to "fewer" so often that it's now traditional to yell "fewer" even if "less" is correct.
Finesmaster/Finesmistress
Person in charge of dictating fines, in those drinking games which require adjudication.
Harper, Phatter
Dr Alan Harper (former President), distinguishing him from Matt Harper - a fellow winker of the same vintage, who was (at the time) thinner.
Invented by Stew
Traditionally, all drinking games were invented by Stew (after he once claimed to have invented a game which he in fact did not).
It's important to know what's going on at all times
Doccies S's advice on tiddlywinks strategy. Seen as ironic.
It's never A, unless it's A
Strategy for playing pub trivia machines.
It's pile play like this that makes winks such an interesting game
Doccy T's commentary on a winks introductory video.
NARG
Not A Real Gentleman. A "real gentleman" is someone who ends up in an oxbridge college as a consequence of breeding rather than ability. "NARG" is a term used to indicate someone applying brain-power or, in a game of winks, undue competence.
Nazi
Used as a term of endearment to indicate that someone has done something unduly harsh (usually, an opponent has played a competent shot that has been highly detrimental to one's position).
NHIPper
The National Handicapped Individual Pairs, an ETwA tournament. Traditionaly given the "per" suffix in honour of "Nipper" - the nickname of Jon "I've got potential"/"five are the hairs on Nipper's head" Williams, President 1993-1994.
Non adsumus nos oblectandi causa
We aren't here to enjoy ourselves. (q.v.)
OUTS
Oxford University Tiddlywinks Society (when existing).
PBB
Phillip Buckham-Bonnett (former President).
Perhaps I, as...
Pretentious stepping forward (pulling rank); became traditional after Jon Mapley started an explanation on television with "Perhaps I, as national champion..."
Quarter Blue
Awarded for participation in the Varsity Match against OUTS. There is an accompanying scarf (and umbrella), which is - as anyone who has seen the far-more-common half-blue can guess - three-quarters white, one quarter Cambridge Blue.
Qwxcl
An error/to make an error, particularly embarrassingly so. Not pronounced as it's spelt.
Seal of approval
Performed with an imitation of a sea lion clapping its flippers, this is usually on of a sequency of bizarre impersionations meant to indicate approval. Others include "big hand" (waving one hand in the air) and "round of applause" (clapping while moving one's hands in a circle), but continue to such classics as "raped ferret", "chinchilla of doubt", "moose with a banana up its nose", "rabbit on a motorbike", "parasites under the armpits", "sea anenome on the forehead", etc.
Seizing ancient powers
Taking charge of a situation in the presence of dithering, irrespective of one's authority so to do.
SEPTIC
The Society of Ex-Presidential Tiddlywinkers In Cambridge. Formed to counter a move by the President of the time to down-play the social (or at least, drinking) aspects of CUTwC.
SiBo
See Sick Boy.
Sick Boy
Dr Patrick Driscoll (former President).
SLU
Scruffy Little Urchin. Nickname of Dr Chris Abram (former President).
Somerset Invitation
An invitation-only tournament hosted by Doccies S, initially in The Somerset Wagon (a pub run by his parents) in Chilcompton. After moving around for a few years (notably to Brussels and Norfolk), the tournament recently returned to its original setting.
(Drs) Superfatty
Doctors Stewart Onan Sage.
To my sure and certain knowledge...
Traditionally used when stating something with complete authority, when it might just be possible that you're wrong. (E.g. "...nobody with the plebian name of John ever sat the throne of England".)
Tonk
To hit something. Apparently this term is not universal outside CUTwC.
VDG
Violent drinking game.
Viscount Goderich
Derived from nurdle-boondock-category, a term used to describe an attempt to be clever in a drinking game, followed by a moment of smugness during which one makes an error. (For example: "boondock", "eight", "Viscount Goderich", "boondock", [smugness prevents one from saying "eleven"].)
Wazz
Traditional slang for urination. Hence "wazitorium" for toilet, etc.
We aren't here to enjoy ourselves
Traditional admonition during a pub crawl, when it is time to finish drinks and move on to the next pub.
Whitebait
Someone ruling themselves out of a drinking game, usually while imbibing incurred fines. Often indicated by placing a hand on the forehead, palm outwards. Note: the aim of drinking games is to keep playing them (and victimise everyone else); the penalty for playing badly should be spending time as whitebait, watching from the side lines, not drinking beyond your capacity. There is no shame in that, and much less than in drinking more than your limits.
Yellow manta ray
Derived from nurdle-boondock-category, a term used to describe a trivial mistake - especially early on in a drinking game, before it's supposed to have become challenging.