At Phillips Exeter
Academy, in lieu of detention, for skipping a class, something known
as a dickie is given, which
has no real
effect until three are accumulated, at which
point one is punished
with early curfew and suspended priviledges.
Supposedly from an old headmaster known
for giving out a good deal of punishments.
When I skipped my English class, I managed
to get out of getting a dickie by telling my teacher
I was in the health
center sleeping even
though I was actually watching
a movie with my buddies in the common room.