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SleepingWolf
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IP logged posted posted 09-08-2008 03:58 Edit Quote

... or any other UK based asylumnite...

what does John mean when he sings "picked the wrong pc". He doesn't mean Vista. Does he mean the wrong Progressive Conservative?

quote:
All I did was have a bit too much to drink
And I picked the wrong pc
Got picked up by the law
And now I ain't got time to think



-The Who, My Wife

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Suho1004
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IP logged posted posted 09-08-2008 05:08 Edit Quote

Well, this thread certainly turned out to be something very different from what I was expecting... although I couldn't rightly tell you what exactly I was expecting...


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Tao
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IP logged posted posted 09-08-2008 06:38 Edit Quote

Always glad to help
"And I picked the wrong pc" refers to a Police Constable or Policeman as they are generally called. So he got arrested by the Police Constable for being drunk.
It must not have been against the law in those heady days to drive with lead boots on


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warjournal
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IP logged posted posted 09-08-2008 11:18 Edit Quote

I got one!

Where does "next thing you know, Bob's your uncle" come from? I take it to mean in a fast manner, but how did it get started? Where did it come from? The etomology, as it were, of the phrase.

Blaise
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IP logged posted posted 09-08-2008 11:32 Edit Quote

It does indeed mean that something is 'sorted' for example.

"If you want to fix your PC, turn it off and on again, Bob's your Uncle".

I'm not entirely sure where it's come from, but I always got the impression that it's a southern and perhaps Cockney thing.

Either way it's never mattered to me as my Uncle is Bob.

Another favourite statement, used as a term for disbelief is "I'm a monkey's Uncle"

CPrompt
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IP logged posted posted 09-08-2008 12:12 Edit Quote

What you're gonna want to do is search Wikipedia and Bob's your Uncle.

Later,

C:\

(Edited by CPrompt on 09-08-2008 12:12)

mas
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IP logged posted posted 09-08-2008 12:47 Edit Quote
quote:

Suho1004 said:

Well, this thread certainly turned out to be something very different from what I was expecting... although I couldn't rightly tell you what exactly I was expecting...


haha, exactly my thoughts

SleepingWolf
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IP logged posted posted 09-08-2008 23:49 Edit Quote

Thanks Tao!


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SleepingWolf
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IP logged posted posted 09-09-2008 00:16 Edit Quote

If Bob's your uncle, then

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who%27s_your_daddy%3F_(phrase)

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Arthurio
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IP logged posted posted 09-09-2008 04:02 Edit Quote

haha ...

Maybe bit offtopic but just recently stumbled on one that doesn't exactly mean what you'd think it does: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." (Hamlet) The speaker actually expresses doubt that the lady's vows could be insincere since they're too long, elaborate, artful etc.

Found someone using it in the context of McCain choosing Mrs. Palin as his VP candidate. The writer seemed to think that we might not see her true face since "I suspect that every word she utters will have been calculated precisely to convey an image".

Suho1004
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IP logged posted posted 09-09-2008 05:07 Edit Quote
quote:

Arthurio said:

haha ... Maybe bit offtopic but just recently stumbled on one that doesn't exactly mean what you'd think it does: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." (Hamlet) The speaker actually expresses doubt that the lady's vows could be insincere since they're too long, elaborate, artful etc.



Hmm... that seems to mean exactly what I thought it meant. Maybe it's just my familiarity with Hamlet, but it makes sense to me. I'm curious... what did everyone else think it meant?

WebShaman
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IP logged posted posted 09-09-2008 12:41 Edit Quote

I always thought it to mean that because one protests too much, that one is covering up insincerity...it is basic human nature to protest too much and too loudly when in fact lying...

Most who are accused of being insincere when they are in fact telling the truth react with surprise and disbelief at the accusations before stating flatly that they are telling the truth. Lavish embellishments are usually a sign of someone attempting to cover up their lying.

Kind of like the phenomena that if something is repeated long and loudly enough, it will tend to be believed...

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Arthurio
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IP logged posted posted 09-09-2008 13:05 Edit Quote

Probably just me...

Instead of queen Gertrude just imagine a troll saying that in a cave, among other trolls, after abducting a lady.
"Troll" and "cave" could be metaphors for something else.

That's because "methinks" to me sounds like something a troll could say. Combined with "doth" that instead of a use of archaic English could just represent a case of bad teeth

Well that's just what came to my mind first after reading this phrase. Shows my complete unfamiliarity with Shakespeare.

Lord_Fukutoku
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IP logged posted posted 09-09-2008 16:01 Edit Quote
quote:

Arthurio said:

Combined with "doth" that instead of a use of archaic English could just represent a case of bad teeth


I vote Arthurio wins


I remember hearing or reading that line before I had read or known any Shakespeare and at the time I thought it was something to the effect of "Quit yer bitchin', I'm sick of listening to you."



quote:

Arthurio said:

Maybe bit offtopic


For Pete's sake, I don't think you could get this off-topic...
Yea, that's stretching a bit... Couldn't come up with a better one

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Arthurio
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IP logged posted posted 09-10-2008 01:09 Edit Quote
quote:

Lord_Fukutoku said:

Arthurio wins


Thank you, sir, may I have another

Blaise
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IP logged posted posted 09-10-2008 10:20 Edit Quote

Why do Americans think that British have bad teeth (apart from it being poorly disguised insult)?

Arthurio
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IP logged posted posted 09-10-2008 10:54 Edit Quote

I'm not an American and I don't think the British have bad teeth.

edit: btw Gertrude was supposed to be the queen of Denmark :P

(Edited by Arthurio on 09-10-2008 11:53)

WebShaman
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IP logged posted posted 09-10-2008 11:46 Edit Quote

The British have bad teeth?



WebShaman | The keenest sorrow (and greatest truth) is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
- Sophocles

Arthurio
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IP logged posted posted 09-10-2008 19:04 Edit Quote

However ... if you just google "bad british teeth" you'll find surprisingly much...
Some examples:
Guardian seems to have way too many answers
Time
The Telegraph blames NHS

edit:

quote:

Telegraph said:
But if you have bad teeth, forget it. You may be rolling on the bathroom floor in agony with an abscess, your gums may be riddled with disease, or people may recoil at the sight of your fangs as you walk down the street, but the NHS doesn't have to help you.

It is now virtually impossible for many people to find an NHS dentist, and if they do manage to squeeze on to a list, they could still be charged 80 per cent of the cost of treatment - unless they are a child, pregnant or on benefits.



quote:
Telegraph said:
My husband went to a private dentist after a 15-year gap, and was left reeling after they extracted £2,000 for 12 fillings. My three-year-old son received a bill for £90 after I stupidly asked my private dentist whether she could have a quick look at his teeth.



(Edited by Arthurio on 09-10-2008 19:12)

SleepingWolf
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IP logged posted posted 09-11-2008 01:21 Edit Quote
quote:

Blaise said:

Why do Americans think that British have bad teeth (apart from it being poorly disguised insult)?




I guess they picked it up from the Austin Powers movies.


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Lord_Fukutoku
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IP logged posted posted 09-11-2008 23:13 Edit Quote


Yea baby!


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WebShaman
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IP logged posted posted 09-12-2008 00:06 Edit Quote

Those look pretty good for British teeth!

WebShaman | The keenest sorrow (and greatest truth) is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
- Sophocles

SleepingWolf
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IP logged posted posted 09-12-2008 01:35 Edit Quote

How did we go from The Who Lyrics, to colloquial English, to Hamlet. to bad teeth?
What's next?


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Suho1004
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IP logged posted posted 09-12-2008 03:17 Edit Quote

Actually, I think the Austin Powers films were playing on the American perception of the British having bad teeth--the perception definitely predates the films.

I don't know where it came from, but I will say this: the Japanese are also thought to have very bad teeth. I've known plenty of Japanese with perfectly normal teeth, but I've also known quite a few with pretty messed up teeth. Whether or not there is a higher percentage of messed up teeth in Japan than elsewhere, I cannot say. Japan and Great Britain do have one thing in common, though: they are both large island nations.

What does that mean? I have no idea.


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WebShaman
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IP logged posted posted 09-12-2008 12:07 Edit Quote

Small genetic group, perhaps?

That would explain why Bob is your Uncle

WebShaman | The keenest sorrow (and greatest truth) is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
- Sophocles


(Edited by WebShaman on 09-12-2008 12:08)

Arthurio
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IP logged posted posted 09-12-2008 13:33 Edit Quote

You know who else is supposed to have bad teeth? Pirates! Yearr!!!

Lord_Fukutoku
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IP logged posted posted 09-12-2008 17:12 Edit Quote
quote:

WebShaman said:

Those look pretty good for British teeth!

If you check the link, there's some pretty bad ones



quote:

WebShaman said:

Small genetic group, perhaps?

That would explain why Bob is your Uncle

And your cousin...

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(Edited by Lord_Fukutoku on 09-12-2008 17:14)



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