boy: In days far past, a designated friend of lesser status could be punished in place of a sinful prince, according to The Chronicle Herald. Even lords didn't dare strike a God-appointed future monarch and they knew boy kings grow up and might hold grudges. Whipping boys' fates could be cruel. Still, someone had to be punished, so the whipping boy got it. They are the modern whipping boys and girls, often taking the heat collectively for the acts of a few. That's what is happening now, where multiple wrongs get blamed on immigrants, refugees and people of unpopular ethnic or religious backgrounds. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.