"Miss ! Miss me, Miss, me Miss ! two shillings and eleven pence, Miss."
In numbers this was written as 2/11 and in common usage you'd say "two and eleven."
The "Quallie" had three phases. First there was an Intelligence Test, second there was an Arithmetic exam which was followed by an English exam. I didn't finish the intelligence test. It flummoxed me. One question was,
I was delighted by this because it meant that, despite the Intelligence test, I had passed the “Quallie” and would go to the Harris Academy in August. I was pleased too for BD. It was good to have pleased my parents, but the decision to award two medals for the first time in the school's history confused and I think troubled me.
Jeremy Millar comments,
I was 10 years later but the culture was very similar in Stoneywood primary. Our heidie had been a desert rat and when, I presume he was bored, he would dismiss the class teacher and tell tales of his wartime exploits. I too was belted for being 'clever'. The d in £sd stands for dinarii the Latin for penny. Thanks to google and not a classical education!