jam boys?

#1 Jun 4th, 2014, 04:24
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The Jam Boy was first introduced as early as the 1800s when the British Empire occupied India. When the British gentry went to play golf, they would have two men, the caddy and a Jam Boy.

The Jam Boys sole purpose was to keep the mosquitoes away from the golfer. To do this, the Jam Boy would cover himself in Jam to attract the mosquitoes away from the players. When the game was over the Jam Boy got to keep the jam he was wearing to take home to his family.

Look at all the mosquitoes; I can hardly see the fairway, fetch the Jam Boys immediately!

can i still obtain the services of a jam boy?
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God help an independent Scotland if this is the calibre of its to-be citizens.

Mozzies seek blood, not sugar. When you go to India I will introduce you to a road aggregate company that will be happy to tar and feather you. The feathers are guaranteed to be from freshly plucked chickens.
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Originally Posted by chrismoh View Post The Jam Boy was first introduced as early as the 1800s when the British Empire occupied India. When the British gentry went to play golf, they would have two men, the caddy and a Jam Boy.

The Jam Boys sole purpose was to keep the mosquitoes away from the golfer. To do this, the Jam Boy would cover himself in Jam to attract the mosquitoes away from the players. When the game was over the Jam Boy got to keep the jam he was wearing to take home to his family.

Look at all the mosquitoes; I can hardly see the fairway, fetch the Jam Boys immediately!

can i still obtain the services of a jam boy?


It appears that you copied this from Urban Dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Jam+Boy


I fail to see any humour in it.
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A khatmal khilao (= "feed the bed-bugs") is a person employed in an upper-class household to lie for a while in the master bed before the master and mistress of the house retire for the night so that the blood-sated cimices lectularius don't bother their lordships.

This was brought up in a novel set in Bombay in the early 20th century and published in the late sixties or early seventies. I can't remember the title or the name of the author.

Till 1835 Persian was the language of administration in the territories governed by the East India Company and the Persian word for cup is jām. So the "jam-boy" may have been the "cup-bearer" who provided the fluids to keep the player from getting heatstroke. This thing about being coated in "jam" was probably a misunderstanding.
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