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15th-century guide book on children's manners

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From Horrid Henry to Just William, naughty children are not difficult to find in children’s books today. But bad behaviour isn’t confined to recent decades – a manuscript from 1480, which has been digitised for the first time by the British Library, gives an insight into the antics of medieval children, as it exhorts them to “pyke notte thyne errys nothyr thy nostrellys” – don’t pick your ears or your nostrils - and to “spette not ovyr thy tabylle”.

The 15th-century conduct book, The Lytille Childrenes Lytil Boke, was intended to teach table manners.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/21/pyke-notte-thy-nostrellys-15th-century-guide-on-childrens-manners-digitised-for-first-time

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-pick-your-nose-15th-century-manners-book-warns-180974291/

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acute

Poketh notte thy fingere upp thy bottome.

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49 minutes ago, acute said:

Poketh notte thy fingere upp thy bottome.

Aye, thou only poketh a bottom other than thine own... 

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