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Sen Sen

A breath freshener that was much favored by teenagers to remove the odor of alcohol or tobacco before facing their schoolteachers or parents. It is not clear how much this helped, since the distinctive Sen Sen odor was usually interpreted as a sign of wrong-doing.
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She was overdressed, but not badly dressed, in black with a high collar, and she wore black glace gloves, in which she played cards; she had several heavy gold chains round her neck, bangles on her wrists, and circular photograph pendants, one being of Queen Alexandra; she carried a black satin bag and chewed Sen-sens.
Gobstoppers - two a penny that changed colour so that you were constantly taking them out of your mouth to see the colour (no fears from 'E' numbers in those days) and Sen-Sen sweets to make your breath smell nice.
This rite, kept secret from our (smoker) parents (and followed by Sen-Sen and cloves), seemed to us to be an exciting way to assert our prepubescent independence.