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Tas
211235.  Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:53 am Reply with quote

An Annoyance of BB Contestants?

:-)

Tas

 
dr.bob
211254.  Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:21 am Reply with quote

Surely that should be "An Obscurity of BB Contestants"

 
Tas
211258.  Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:23 am Reply with quote

Or an Idiocy? Perhaps an Obscurity could apply to the sleb versions?

:-)

Tas

 
Lumpo31
211298.  Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:09 am Reply with quote

markvent wrote:

But no mention of JJ .. unles JJ is Richard Curtis ;) (if indeed RC was the author of said sketch!)


JJ mentioned his part in it on another thread - I think it may well even be on this thread...And JJ isn't Richard Curtis, but I believe he did have a bit to do with NTNON, and various other things (sometimes often including Richard Curtis), such as Blackadder...oh, and some things involving Douglas Adams...

And oh, a little show by the name of oh, QI...

As to who he is, I'm sure you can work it out for yourself!

Lisa

EDIT - Ah! Here it is! Post No. 210677
JumpingJack wrote:
A 'flange' of baboons is one of the proudest moments of my career, because it got into Ask Oxford - the online version of the OED. (Don't know if it's still there, but it certainly is used in the field by some zoologists).

 
Davini994
211308.  Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:30 am Reply with quote

markvent wrote:
a murmur of schoolboys ?

A buggery of Etonians.

 
Izzardesque
211501.  Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:34 pm Reply with quote

markvent wrote:
Izzardesque wrote:
Still doesn't help with octopuses...


Although it is often supposed that octopi is the 'correct' plural of octopus, and it has been in use for longer than the usual Anglicized plural octopuses, it in fact originates as an error. Octopus is not a simple Latin word of the second declension, but a Latinized form of the Greek word oktopous, and its 'correct' plural would logically be octopodes.

and that as they say ... is a fact :D

Mark.


Thats a plural not a collective noun tho.

 
jaygeemack
211520.  Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:08 am Reply with quote

Davini994 wrote:
markvent wrote:
a murmur of schoolboys ?

A buggery of Etonians.

A surplice of altar boys?

 
markvent
211522.  Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:19 am Reply with quote

Lumpo31 wrote:
markvent wrote:

But no mention of JJ .. unles JJ is Richard Curtis ;) (if indeed RC was the author of said sketch!)


As to who he is, I'm sure you can work it out for yourself!

Lisa


[Mark performs some quick mental arithmetic] [gives up and uses a calculator]
O_O !!
[bow] [scrape]...

thank you Lisa for informing me before I made an even bigger whotsit of myself ...

[bow] [scrape] continues ...

Mark.

 
Tas
211527.  Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:44 am Reply with quote

A squeal of Boyband Fans.
A twat of Footballers.

:-)

Tas

 
mckeonj
211539.  Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:03 am Reply with quote

a splat of pier jumpers (or tombstoners)
a jangle of coat hangars
a string of physicists
a lurk of hoodies

 
dr.bob
211544.  Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:11 am Reply with quote

jaygeemack wrote:
A surplice of altar boys?


Surely that should be a catamite* of altar boys :)



*One of my new favourite words after Russell T. Davies used it in, of all things, his Dr Who Magazine column. Presumably they thought it'd be fine as the younger readers wouldn't know what it meant and the older readers would be too embarrassed to tell them

 
Neotenic
211554.  Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:29 am Reply with quote

I was thinking that too, Dr B

Anthony Burgess, in 'Earthly Powers', wrote:
It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me


Best first line of a novel ever.

 
JumpingJack
211585.  Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:16 am Reply with quote

Just to confirm Lumpo's post: no, I am not Richard Curtis.

Gerald the Gorilla was written 'in workshop' as it were.

I can't remember at this distance who was eventually credited as the 'writer' but Richard would certainly have been one of the people in the room. On the DVD's of the best of NTNOCN, he wrote almost exactly half the material.

Talented bloke (and delightful with it).

 
96aelw
211600.  Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:41 am Reply with quote

dr.bob wrote:
jaygeemack wrote:
A surplice of altar boys?


Surely that should be a catamite* of altar boys :)


Speaking as an altar boy (well, more of an altar man, these days, I suppose (and typing rather than speaking, if I'm going to be strictly accurate)), I preferred the surplice idea.

I bought Earthly Powers soley on the strength of the opening sentence, although I was a little wary that the rest of the book might not be able to live up to it.

 
dr.bob
211614.  Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:20 am Reply with quote

96aelw wrote:
Speaking as an altar boy (well, more of an altar man, these days, I suppose (and typing rather than speaking, if I'm going to be strictly accurate)), I preferred the surplice idea.


Well, each to his own, I s'pose :)

 

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