Fainites: A children’s truce term.
In my childhood days the word ‘fainites’ was often used in the playground to gain exception to the rule which might otherwise mean the end of the game. I have since learnt that other children used different truce terms such as ‘barley’ or ‘kings’. It all depended in which region of England one lived. In the then greenish part of North London ‘fainites’ was handed down from one generation of children to another but we also created our own words such as ‘bootie’. A ‘bootie’ meant that someone had got their foot wet usually by falling into the nearby lake. And the lake is where we all went ‘mud bunging’. For more and many other things including my experiences in teaching English around the world read my autobiography which was published by Arena Books earlier this year:
ADVENTURES AND PERILS IN A THEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE.