OUS Speak

OUS Speak

All the words to help you sound in the know both in the tower and in the pub!

'Ave It! , exclam. An instruction to encourage a person to 'ave something/somebody, or to congratulate him on his recently 'aving 'ad something/somebody. Often followed by the words "Get In!" and "Come On!"

Badger, n. A venerable and more elderly member of the OUS - One who is given respect when spoken to face-to-face, but is derided and ignored at other times. One officially becomes a badger when there is no current resident who was up at the same time as you, although some people become badgers before because of blatant badger-like behaviour.

Banter, n. Jocular boisterous talk.

Bizarre, adj. Preferable alternative to Random. Ringing styles can often be bizarre, such as those displaying impulsive leg movements or regular gasps for air at handstroke, as can just about anything you care to mention that is out of the ordinary.

Beer Evaporation Tactics, n. The act of leaving a pint untouched in the hope that it will evaporate.

Beer Goggles, n. An affliction of the vision, often going hand in hand with the Beverage-Head state, whereby everyone around you becomes more attractive.

Beer Preservation Skills, n. A valuable skill pertaining to the avoidance of spillage.

Beer Shirker, n. 1. One who avoids going to the pub for an insufficient reason eg. washing clothes. 2. One who makes one pint last all night.

Beverage-head, adj. A type of behaviour / logic which is utter nonsense but makes perfect sense when you're completely steamed. This often occurs in pub/club situations, when beer goggles come into effect.

BGB, n. A large female shirt.

Blag, v. To bluff your way through a difficult situation / conversation. The most infamous example is when Nigel Herriott ordered his ticket for the annual dinner the night before.

Bod, v. or n. Usage (v): to Bod, (n): a Bod. The leaving of beer. Tactical ~, A bod owing to the state of insobriety and possible imminence of a t.c.; donation ~, beer given away, possibly for tactical reasons.

Carnage, n. Lots of beers + lots of people = carnage. An example would be if many people reached the Beverage-head stage as described above.

Comedy, adj. Unusual, out of the ordinary, funny, such as watching the tenor ringer's expression when they crash into 6ths place after the Master has shortened the rope; or teaching Claudio to handle a bell.

FYA, exp. Used on occasion to denote feelings of universal disgruntlement and dissatisfaction at the status quo.

Get In! , exclam. An instruction to encourage a person to get into something/somebody, or to congratulate him on his recently 'aving got into something/somebody. Often followed by the words "'Ave It!" and "Come On!"

Gibbon, n. 1. A small, slender, long-armed ape. 2. One showing remarkably few signs of normal human intelligence.

Giraffe, n. A large quadrupedal animal with an exceedingly long neck used for eating leaves from tall trees. Also has a larger-than-normal inside leg measurement and usually covered with a yellow-with-black-splodges pattern.

Girl Power, n. That which concerns uprising against male oppression (like being forced to sit by the open window at practice night). Girl Power within the OUS is rumoured to have been started by an American...

Grandsire Minor, n. A method, eschewed by all OUS ringers. Often rung by losing bands in Striking Competitions. Can also be rung on any even number.

Gruntfuttock, 1. Exp. A word of dissatisfaction used in polite company; 2. n. A measure of late/early striking when ringing. eg. "Barney, half a gruntfuttock closer"; 3. v. eg. "Stop gruntfuttocking around".

H.C., abbr. Half a course.

Knacker , n. A difficult or unfortunate occurance, or an odious individual.

Lonsdale, n. The act of entering a conversation that sounds interesting, in an obtrusive fashion. The use of this word is accompanied by a waving hand raised to the top of the head. The action alone can be signaled across a room to indicate the occurrence of such behaviour

Magic Bob , exclam. A call which when used at any point, in any method, will cause the touch to miraculously arrive at rounds within 2-3 changes. NB: this call is not recognised by the CCCBR methods committee

Marks out of two?, question Usually heard in male conversation, this calls for an integer between 0 and 2.

Mission, n. Usually prefixed by "On a". Referring to a rapid display of pint downing. Sometimes attempted after a long day.

Muppet, n. 1. A small furry toy animal. 2. Declaration of unskillful action and ineptitude, e.g. "Martin you Muppet!" as a resounding crash is heard coming from the bell chamber at New College.

Nelson, v. Usually prefixed by "to go for a ". To pay a visit to the facilities.

On Duty, phrase Unable to go out with ones mates due to pressure from the other half.

Pace Pint, n. The pint which, on its announcement as such, sets the pace of the current round of beverage consumption. This can often lead to stitching of the uninitiated who have so far failed to keep up with the drinking and, in some extreme cases, can lead to bodding.

P.C., abbr. Plain Course

Pub Momentum , n. A mystical force compelling people to embark on a sesh after (or instead of) ringing; certain members of the OUS are strong in this force. Good pub momentum is essential for successful ringroading.

Pull, v. 1. Usually necessary physical action during ringing. Failure to pull often results in missed rollups and anger. 2. Usually unachieved third step following Scoping and Sharking. Failure to pull normally results in Nigel spending an unexceptional night. However, if beer goggles have set in, this becomes easier.

Punter, n. 1. A punt operator; 2. Unknown; Usage: usually prefixed by Random

Random, v. or adj. Actually an almost-universal student word, used to refer to anything slightly out of the ordinary or unpredictable. People can 'random about', can be 'random' (as can bells or pool shots), and so on. Ubiquitous, and a little annoying if you start to listen out for it, because it is so over-used.

Ringroading, v. Completing grabs at all Oxford pubs within the ringroad by the end of your degree.

School Boy Error, n. 1. An error made by School Boys; 2. One on the same level; Usage: Sometimes abbreviated to "School Boy"

Sesh, abbr. Session.

Shark, n. 1. A predatory creature of the sea; v. 2. to act like a shark.

Sheen(e), v. To repeat something (a joke, for instance) which someone else (or even yourself) has already said recently. Usually accompanied by simultaneous movement of hand and knee as though the hand were holding a magnet and the knee were made of metal; much like Barry Sheen playing with a magnet, in fact.

Sheen(e), v. To repeat something (a joke, for instance) which someone else (or even yourself) has already said recently. Usually accompanied by simultaneous movement of hand and knee as though the hand were holding a magnet and the knee were made of metal; much like Barry Sheene playing with a magnet, in fact.

Stitch!, exp.Widely-used exclamation, concerning any person or situation where circumstances are rendered less than favourable. Cries of "Stitch!" are often heard when presented with a particularly difficult dice wager, or forced to down your drink when given a full pint just as everyone is going for a curry.

"So that's settled then", phrase Used to escape hopeless discussions that are beginning to get a little arduous. As in "So we're going for a curry after this pint?!" "So that's settled then."

Spillage, n. Unintentional loss of beer due to clumsy actions. Usually sounded as an exclamation : "Spillage!!". Eg. Mark Humphreys in the Royal Oak, spilling the best part of a pint over JT.

Splendid, adj. General positive descriptive term, used in preference to most other synonyms such as 'excellent', as in "The Cricklade tour that Grimes organised was splendid."

T.C., abbr. Tactical Chunder. Skips have been proven an excellent receptacle for this purpose.

Tank, v.To ring a touch excessively quickly, as in "What with the length of that rope, we'll have to tank it round."

"That's What She Said" , phrase. Used when the words of a (probably fictional) female have coincidentally been repeated, words (allegedly) originally spoken under somewhat different circumstances.

Triv, abbr. Trivia Machine. General-knowledge style game in pubs. Guaranteed to lose you money.

Vortex, n. 1. A conversation which sucks people out of their own and into its influence. To see this at work, get together a group of people of roughly the same age and start talking about the children's programs of your childhood. 2. Any conversation which is difficult for laypersons to enter into, esp. regarding an academic subject which two persons have in common. Please note that vortices are not necessarily bad. There are sometimes good vortices, such as teaching a learner how to ring plain bob. An example of a bad vortex would be a discussion of method falseness.


Archaic Terms

Lard-packer, n. One who orders the ham, egg, bacon, chips, beans, sausage, black pudding, fried bread, garlic mayonnaise and extra egg option at lunchtime on Sunday.

Mate, n. Commonly used term appended to the end of any sentence to indicate that a) you consider yourself to be a friend of the person being spoken to, b) you consider yourself to be Australian (God help your soul), or c) you're taking the piss.

Eranu, adj. Good, or used as a general congratulatory exclamation, as in "Eranu indeed Miss Barton, you have won tonight's star prize!"

Nemus, n. 1. A lower life form. 2. One showing the intellect of a lower life form.

Rank, adj. Unpleasant, smelly, or liable to induce vomiting. Seldom used without Random and Bastard in the same sentence.

Scoping, v. Similarly Sharking and Totty. Something to do with attractive women, or in Nigel's case any women.

Thrape, v. To hack the tenor at excessive speed. Generally regarded as a good thing so long as the the ratio of changes rung by tenor : rest of band doesn't greatly exceed 1.2. Usage examples: "What a splendid thraping Alex delivered in that peal"; "That bell will need rehanging soon Mr Ivin, what with the thraping it's had".

Uvavu, adj. Bad, as in "I've just agreed to drink pints in 26 pubs in two days." "Uvavu!"