It certainly seems so. "Why do you refer to Dr Shuker and Mr Muirhead as `The Boy Shuker` and `The Boy Muirhead`?" writes a blog-reader whose name I will not mention because I wish to spare her blushes. "Surely it is denegrating to them to refer to them as `boys`".
Well, my dear, unlike Richard Freeman, the boy Redfern and me, you obviously are not a devotee of the long-running comic strip Billy the Fish from the pages of Viz, or its ongoing satire of English football in the 1970s and 1980s.