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ASOPA DICTIONARY

Most tight-knit groups develop their own slang or jargon and creative minds in the Class of 62/63 made the argot especially rich in invention. We begin with a bit of fun with some acronyms that may seem familiar.....

ASOPA - Alabama State Orthotic and Prosthetic Association

ASOPA - American Society of Orthopaedic Physician Assistants

ASOPA - American Society of Portrait Artists

ASOPA - Asociación de Orientadores del Principado de Asturias (Association of Non-University Educators of Asturias Principality, Spain)

ASOPA - Associated Students of the Performing Arts (University of Wyoming)

ASOPA - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players' Association

ASOPA - Australian School of Pacific Administration

Asopian – Term used to describe any person who attended ASOPA

Australian Army – Trained body of professional fighters with prior rights to the tennis court

Bacpool – Pub snooker game offering focal point, and even excuse, for serious drinking

Ben – Grahame Uhlmann’s nickname of which he was not greatly enamoured, as proclaimed in the Mosman pub on the last day of college

Big Bear – Spot where Moose could get a burger after midnight; now a medical centre

Big Dick – Richard Jones

Bip – A card game played at 27 Spit Road by those of low competence who couldn’t play 500 (Bip is now called Uno)

Bomford - Rev Ray Bomford was Anglican minister at St Clement’s Mosman and said of the revue: “We don’t want our Christian work undone by you people at ASOPA”

Bongos – Easily portable Cuban drum pair used by Talker McLean to icebreak with strange and exotic women at Asopa parties

BP Super – Brian White

Buena Vista – Mosman Junction pub which nowadays one feels relieved to have been barred from

Caper – Event, mood, trend; a term popularised and used repetitively by Richard (Dick) Jones, as in, “What’s the caper in biology, Keithy?”

Cenz – Diminutive of Barry Vincent (also rendered ‘Chenz’)

CEO – Cadet Education Officer. In 1962 we never suspected that, 40 years later, CEO’s would run most of the world’s largest business corporations

Cert Ed – (1) Post-nominal citation for ‘Certificate in Education’, elevated to the post-nominal some years after we knew it more mundanely as the ‘CEO’s Certificate’ (2) A Commonwealth credential indicating the completion of two years teacher training but never heard of outside Mosman

Chappie – Jeff Chapman

Chappo – Jeff Chapman

Chasps – Chaps, as pronounced by Jeff Chaspman

Chess Club – Lunchtime cabal of posturing and mysogynistic male wankers

Circles – Harry Peake’s famous metaphor (“ever widening circles”) describing how kids understand and identify with the world

Clapped out – Broken, exhausted, comatose, as in, “Rory’s clapped out in the common room” or “Tomzy’s Austin clapped out on Spit Hill”

Clifton Gardens – Pub from which we were barred because of kiaps’ bad behaviour; later burned down with locals mounting successful campaign against rebuilding

Conchie – Lorraine Bell (Westover)

Conga line - Afro-Cuban dance where person behind places hands upon hips of person in front and so on down a line that proceeds in a 1-2-3-Kick pattern zigzagging around a room or, if led by Keithy, out a window and Keithy sprains his arm

Cronbach – A much loved (sic) text book in educational psychology

Cuddles – Colin Francis Huggins

Dick – Richard Jones

Drill – Richard Jones’ pronunciation drill for Jeff Chapman: chip-chup-chop-chep-chap, alternatively chippy-chuppy-choppy-cheppy-chappy

Drive, the – Descriptor of Dave Argent’s quest for sexual fulfilment

Desert boots - The name originally tagged on Dubbo for a period

Far out – Sixties slang for wildly imaginative, as in Les Peterkin having it off with Shirl Buffet

Finkanova – Distinctive podium shuffle perfected by anthropology lecturer Dr Ruth Fink Latukefu

Five hundred – A card game played at every opportunity

Fluffer – Barry Flannery

Fred – Name adopted by Keith Bain to differentiate himself from Keith Jackson

Geronimo – What Hen nearly said on the Manly Ferry (see The Manly Ferry Incident, page 10)

Goodly – Bill Bergenism for anything meeting his approval

Gopna – Corruption of the great male myth of ‘leg opener’. Sickly sweet, fruit flavoured wine is one favourite; vodka and orange is another

Green – Flamboyant and distracting hue of lecturer Marley Stephen’s neckties

Greens – ASOPA women’s hockey team, playing the one sport at which the college was truly competitive

Grosp – To hold tightly. A Chaspmanism used in contexts such “grosp this beer” or “he had a pretty fair grosp on the wench”

Handy Andy – Andy Foster, much-loved manual arts lecturer at ASOPA

Hanky Henray – Henry Bodman

Hardie – Rod Hard

Harem – Female admirers of Talker McLean, as in, “McLean’s harem forms the basis of our cheer squad” [Vortex 1963]

Heinrich – Secret name for Henry Bodman that perpetrators never used in his presence

Hen – Henry Bodman; also female rooster

Horsebox – Ted France

Howie – Howard Ralph

Ignorant oafs – Term once used by Edgar Ford to refer to the unlikely duo of Allan Jones and Howard Ralph. Forty years later both men still wrestle with the reason for the epithet with the great geographer long since gone to that great cut-off meander in the sky

Jones Boy – Richard Jones, also expressed as “Mrs Jones’ boy, Richard”

Keithy – Keith Jackson

Ketchup – A condiment used by Jeff Chapman for the sole purpose of smothering sweet and sour pork

Kurakum – Norm Donnison’s tiny green sugar ants, much used in stories illustrating the Terr Sit (see also Misikarum)

Kurt – Dave Argent

Large Grizzly – See Big Bear

Latipsoh – Hospital, an inversio/neologism from The Natives Are Restless

Lecture – Formal educational event designed to interrupt drinking or other productive recreation

Malda Milk – A girlfriend of Dubbo, now his sister-in-law

Margie – Margaret Ralph (Lyons)

Mido – Chinese restaurant, still trading at Neutral Bay, that felt able to provide Jeff Chapman with tomato sauce and where once, and once only, some of our number had a banquet with Moose and foolishly offered to share the bill

Misikarum – (1) Mythical PNG schoolboy used to give relevance to Norm Donnison’s lectures; (2) Appellation given to Dave Westover [derived from name of the early Papuan missionary, Mr John Krump]

Modified cursive – A new way of writing designed specifically to spoil the old

Monkey suit – ASOPA women’s physical education uniform incorporating a tasteful traditional shield motif in green felt with yellow edging featuring the yellow letters A S O P A rising in a peak formation across the centre

Moose – Bob Davis

Mosman – (1) Suburb where mothers still warn daughters to “avoid ASOPA boys”, (2) Spit Junction pub famous for bacpool rivalry

Oaks – Only pub on Military Road from which kiaps were not barred; a terrific pub anyway

Obelisk Beach – Intimate harbour spot where Les Peterkin got the fellas not at the pub to swim naked; now nudist beach and homosexual haunt

Old Fella – Les Lyons

Phonetic tolerance – Living easily with an accent, according to visiting linguistics lecturer Dr Koppel

Pierre – Peter Lewis

Ping pong, aerial – Little known football genre emanating from southern regions and causing outbreaks of extreme passion among devotees

Plateau of no progress – Horizontal position on the learning curve reached a number of times by many of us since leaving ASOPA

Rest on your oars – Favoured saying of Norm Donnison after an especially abstruse bout of lecturing

RevueThe Natives Are Restless, staged before full houses at Mosman Town Hall on 25 & 26 July 1963, initiated and driven by the Class of 62/63. There was a sequel If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em in 1964

Richard Jones – Dick Jones

Ringer – Soubriquet coined to describe Peter Lewis, the original telemarketer, who assured the financial success of the revue by selling vast quantities of tickets to theatre parties from social and community organisations throughout the Mosman area

Road runner – Bill Welbourne running forever along Bromley Avenue and around Mosman Bay and Cremorne Point. Thirty years later they invented Forest Gump

RoundPunchinello, Hey! Ho! With lifetime thanks to Noel Cislowski

Schminkel – Kiaps term of endearment for CEOs (translated as “neuter gender”)

Scobi – To travel in a hurry, as in “Lez scobi for the pub shuts”. Derived from "sco" (let's go) with O'B added to form an instruction to Rory O’Brien. Popularised by Moose and Chapman. Also nickname for Rory O’Brien

Scobi-dobi – Jeff Chaspman

Shades of grey – Psychology’s greatest and most specific contribution to personal or situational assessment, as in, “There’s no black or white, only Shades of Grey

Shoe:phew (minimal pair) - Term observed on an ASOPA notice board, where a dirty shoe hung with the label, ‘Phew’

Smoth – Brian Smith, who claims the term derives from “sleeps like a sloth”

Sniff – Rugby league football (derived from the delicate term “sniff arse”)

Social Club – See Solvent

Solvent – Something Social Club never was

Something nothing – Hen’s much repeated Pidgin expression (samting nating)

SP – The ubiquitous South Pacific Lager, which came in two flavours – brown and green

Spaceman – Also known as Space. Peter Lancaster, eccentric Kempsey schoolmate friend of Dave Argent who flatted with him at 5 Bromley Avenue and provided us with the nickname, Kurt

Stormy Norm – Norm Donnison, the motivator

Students Union – See Suck

Suck – (v) Ingratiate oneself with authority, (n) People ingratiating themselves with authority. Eg, Bodman – “Me suck up to the staff? I could write you a book on how the registrar did all he could to dock my pay etc to assuage the hatred of the staff group - particularly Handy Andy. If I did suck up it must have been to Rowley who seemed, for some strange reason, to have time for me”. Jackson – “Course you were a suck, Henry. Went the big one on Rowley, eh? Straight to the top. No sucking your way up the chain of command. No wonder you didn't have to undertake minor sucks on rank and file lecturers. No need when ol’ CD has been manfully sucked to. Hen, face facts, you taught me all I know about sucking” [e-mail]

Talker – Ian McLean (also spelled Talka)

Tent pegging – Late night sport involving removal of lane markers from Sydney Harbour Bridge by means of leaning from the open door of a slow moving car

Terr Sit – Abbreviation of oft repeated college phrase “Territory Situation”, as in, “Without electricity the use of a slide projector is more difficult in the territory situation” or “There may be a scratching on your window at night in the territory situation”

Think Big – The injunction adopted to drive out ‘little thinking’ by Rodger Philpott as he applied his considerable organisational skills to a faltering The Natives Are Restless just a month out from staging

Tomzy – John Toms

Unanswerable – That perennial question, “Tell me young man (lady); why are you going to New Guinea?”

Vic – Vic Parkinson, much loved ASOPA registrar and mayor of Mosman

Vincenzo – Barry Vincent

Vortex – ASOPA annual journal initiated by the Class of 62/63 and published in 1962 and 1963 replete with paid messages coerced from advertisers led to believe it was a rival to Quadrant or Meanjin