Dr Biswell was most indignant about the promised public workers’ strike which has been called on his name-day. He threatens to go and drive a tram, since that it what one does in these circumstances. Whether there are trams in Manchester these days, I do not know, but if there are, Dr B will be offering his services. Anyway, it was in the context of this conversation that I was led to reflect on the word ‘bounder’. Clearly, it implies that with one bound, a chap could put himself beyond the pale of civilised society, which is presumably where he bounded from, but where did he bound to? And why? Or is it the bounce that counts? As a pejorative of its time, it is unlike, say, ‘counter-jumper’, in which the direction and purpose of the athletic activity is clearly implied. Does anyone out there have views? The philologically inclined might recall that in Old Norse a bondr is a farmer, so by extension an uncouth person, but whether there is a freak of linguistic happenstance which caused this to pop to the surface between the wars, I am inclined to doubt.