What’s a teenager?

It might be strange to think about a time not so very long ago when the term ‘teenager’ didn’t exist. Now we accept it, but in 1940s Britain young people aged between thirteen and nineteen lived a very different life to the life they might live today. School leaving age was fourteen, with many leavingContinue reading “What’s a teenager?”

Hooligan, vandal or just plain bored?

Before we look at what youngsters were getting up to during the 1940s let’s consider some of terminology that we are so familiar with today – words that we tend to associate with young people… Hooligan Origin late 19th century, first found in British newspaper police-court reports in the summer of 1898, almost certainly fromContinue reading “Hooligan, vandal or just plain bored?”