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in finding the term 'indie' for fee paying schools slightly cloying

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ZammoMcGuire Sun 11-Jan-15 16:32:51

its as if all the pupils wear black coats and DMs all the time

AuntieStella Sun 11-Jan-15 16:35:30

It's a newly arrived term, isn't it?

Though strange uniforms are part of the deal at some schools (who would refer to themselves as a public school, or just a school, never an 'indie')

derektheladyhamster Sun 11-Jan-15 16:36:35

oooh, my son wears a very long black (well very dark blue, ankle length) coat and DM's as part of his uniform. Proper Indie school grin

cardibach Sun 11-Jan-15 16:37:07

Since it's short for independent, I think YABU. Fee paying schools are also known as independent schools, and we do tend to abbreviate for convenience. I realise the same is true for indie music, but it doesn't have trademark protection!

NewYearsHangoversHurtAlot Sun 11-Jan-15 16:37:14

I'm currently listening to Blur.

Bands of the 90s are my understanding of indie. The fashion movement I lived by.

I'd have loved to have gone to an indie school

Yarp Sun 11-Jan-15 16:40:15

I think it sounds twee. I. Also don't like Uni either.

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 11-Jan-15 16:40:57

I don't like it either.

But I also hate people who say 'uni'.

Ragwort Sun 11-Jan-15 16:46:37

Totally agree MrsCampbell - the term 'uni' is fairly recent and poncey well, to those of us who went to university in the 70s grin.

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 11-Jan-15 16:47:09

It's a way for the more affluent middle classes to feel better about their money and choice of schooling.

After all, Tarquin and Isabella spent most of their time at university clad in DMs, listening to Oasis and pretending that they came from somewhere rough when in fact they really came from comfortably-off families in pleasant, leafy suburbs. Or perhaps that's just the ones I know.

Cantbelievethisishappening Sun 11-Jan-15 16:49:42

YANBU.... irritates me as well.

Mrsjayy Sun 11-Jan-15 16:51:25

I don't like it either it sounds like the parents are airy fairy and looking for a special type of school where in fact it is a fee paying school calling it an Indie school just sounds daft

elfonshelf Sun 11-Jan-15 16:52:56

Just laziness basically I imagine - quicker to type than independent.

Also avoids the confusion between state schools and public schools given there are non-UK parents on Mumsnet. Plus, not all independent schools are Public schools.

I suppose the term 'private school' might be better - although doesn't that sound even more elitist?

Totally hate the term 'uni'... ugh!

AgentCooper Sun 11-Jan-15 16:53:02

YY. Ian Brown and Mani would be turning in their graves if they hadn't survived the 90s! wink

Mrsjayy Sun 11-Jan-15 16:53:13

Bet damon albern went to a indie school grin

rootypig Sun 11-Jan-15 16:53:33

YANBU. I prefer the far more telling 'private'. For the same reason that they don't, I suppose.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 11-Jan-15 16:53:59

What does cloying mean?
It took me ages to know what an indie school was. I didn't twig for a long time it was short for independent.
Why can't we just use private school is there some difference?

AgentCooper Sun 11-Jan-15 16:53:59

Private schools are elitist, though elf. Might as well call a spade a spade...

Mrsjayy Sun 11-Jan-15 16:54:27

Why can't people just say school though ?

morethanpotatoprints Sun 11-Jan-15 16:55:08

sorry x post there.
What's the difference between private and independent?
Aren't they both fee paying?

MarshaBrady Sun 11-Jan-15 16:55:20

Indie is awful.

rootypig Sun 11-Jan-15 16:55:26

'private school' might be better - although doesn't that sound even more elitist?

That's why it's been phased out, not least by the schools themselves, who spend a lot of time and money positioning themselves politically.

FailOfTheCentury Sun 11-Jan-15 16:56:47

I went to a private school for a while as a kid. Maybe an independent school. Never an "indie" <shudder>.

I think the cute slangy name is to brush off how much of an expense and a privilege it is, to be able to go, or to send your kids, to a paid-for school.

rootypig Sun 11-Jan-15 16:57:16

What's the difference between private and independent?

There is none. Though I suppose the way we're going, in charter schools we perhaps have independent schools that are not fee paying. Whether or not they were private would depend on their admissions policy.

ZammoMcGuire Sun 11-Jan-15 16:58:49

oh God Derek is he at CH?

ZammoMcGuire Sun 11-Jan-15 16:59:44

i don't think anyone normal gives a toss about the difference between a fee paying school and a 'public' school. Or not at least since 1920

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