St John's College undergraduate gown

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St John's College

The St John's undergraduate gown is of the usual shape but without a forearm slit; over the resulting forearm seam there are four black velvet bars.

The following definition occurs in the Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary:
"Crackling 2b In Cambridge University slang, applied to the three [sic] bars of velvet on the sleeve of the gown worn by students of St John's College. (In reference to the nick-name of 'hogs'.)"

Drawing from Academical Dress of British and Irish Universities, G.W. Shaw, Chichester: Phillimore, 1995 and reproduced with permission of the author.

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