In practice, though, statistics consistently suggest that around 75% to 85% of paddlings are still of male students. That is, roughly three boys are spanked for every girl. This might be, in part, because boys (and perhaps their parents) are more likely than girls to opt for CP, if given the choice. But we should bear in mind that, according to official figures, boys much more often receive any kind of punishment than girls. Males and females are different: over 90% of the prison population is male. Boys just are on average worse-behaved than girls, though this does appear to be a little less true that it once was.
send to Coventry To ostracize or exclude from society because of objectionable behavior; to refuse to associate with, to ignore. Several explanations have been proposed as to the origin of this expression. The most plausible was put forth by Edward Hyde Clarendon in A History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England (1647). It stated that citizens of a town called Bromigham were in the habit of attacking small groups of the King’s men and either killing them or taking them prisoner and sending them to Coventry, then a Parliamentary stronghold. A less plausible explanation maintains that the inhabitants of Coventry so hated soldiers that any social intercourse with them was strictly forbidden. Thus, a soldier sent to Coventry was as good as cut off from all social relations for the duration of his stay.