Letter: Dap or tamp

Sir: Growing up in the west Monmouthshire valleys, I knew only "daps". Arriving as an 11-year-old new boy at an east Monmouthshire school, I was told to collect my "pumps". The schoolmaster misread my confusion for insubordination. He was furious - or, as Frank Harris-Jones (letter, 20 March) would understand, "tamping mad".

Professor RICHARD CARWARDINE

Sheffield

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