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28 June 2004 @ 10:37 am
I didn't get where I am today by filling out stupid polls!  
Recently, Rachel told me that she thought the British "cock-up" expression used for when things get all fouled (you thought I was going to use the other F word, didn't you?) up was great. Hearing Helen Mirren say it all the time must have had some effect on her. A couple of my favorites originate from The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, a little seen show that I was fortunate enough to catch on WPBT a long time ago. C.J. (the boss) would always go around saying such classics as:

  • I didn't get where I am today by having green frogs thrust down my crotch.

  • I didn't get where I am today by thinking.

  • I didn't get where I am today by biting people in the changing room.

  • I didn't get where I am today by wearing underpants decorated with Beethoven.

  • I didn't get where I am today by everything smelling of Bolivian unicyclist's jockstraps!

  • I didn't get where I am today by sleeping with sweaty, Caledonian chefs!

  • I didn't get where I am today by drinking a liquid that's only been tested on pencils!


He also butchered other expressions as only his character could. An example, "It's the early bird that catches the quick brown fox." A spoonerism variation, I guess? Another guy on the show went around saying "Super!" (sounded more like soo-pa!). I loved watching PBS in my youth, I tell ya! I mean, where else would I have seen Dave Allen at Large, Doctor in the House, Fawlty Towers, Dr. Who, Red Dwarf, Topper (don't ask, but yeah, I watched it from time to time), et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Poll #313852 Favorite Expressions

So, tell me, what expressions are you fond of?

 
 
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Token Geek Girlsyreene on June 28th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
Topper
Wasn't that a Carey Grant movie about a ghost? :/
Michael: THB Grinservermonkey on June 28th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Topper
Yeah, I think it was. I watched the series based on it, I believe. A lot.
Token Geek Girlsyreene on June 28th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Topper
Huh...never knew there was a series. :/
Michael: Rorschachservermonkey on June 28th, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Topper
Oh, I found it to be very entertaining. I really thought Anne Jeffreys was good looking when I was younger, too.
Token Geek Girlsyreene on June 28th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Topper
Not bad in that 50s elegance kind of way. ;)
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Michaelservermonkey on June 29th, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
Howdy. Pretty cool about the origin of the phrase, I'll have to tell Rachel about that.