Why does Oxford call school servants “scout”, Cambridge call it “gyp” and Dublin call it “skip”?
Question:Why does Oxford call school servants “scout”, Cambridge call it “gyp” and Dublin call it “skip”?
It appears that Oxford did not see the 'scouts' as preying on the new students (gyp means vulture) but rather as going out and 'scouting' out things for them.These were paid servants, by the way, and made their living from it. In many cases they were employed by the university, but the students who used them also had to pay them and tip them.
I cannot find a reference to a 'skip' and Dublin University, but in curling (a sport played on ice with round rocks) the leader of a team is called a 'skip'
Knights, for each country, each one had a different name for a "servant"
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