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Certain Colleges, including St John’s and Trinity, distinguished between two categories of sizar. There were specific endowments for specific numbers of sizars who were then called ‘proper sizars’. Those who were not so endowed, but who were maintained by Fellow-Commoners and Fellows were called sub-sizars (not improper sizars as one might hope). R. F. Scott says that they received little or no allowance from the College, but presumably he does not mean that they forwent the reduction of fees and the ‘fragmenta seu fistula’ which were the meals of sizars everywhere.