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The Annual Anti-Valentine's Rant

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  • Somehow I'm a teeny bit more excited by clipped knickers than nicked clippers...

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    • knickers ...!
      As a Teuton (with the lack of imagination that comes along with this ethnic handicap) I have always wondered why in a language that seizes any opportunity to use a "c" where we would write a "k" this particular item of garment stubbornly managed to resist. Any explanation about the origins of said word?

      And why do men and women wear the same thing?

      Ah, Wikipedia suggests it is used exclusively for female underwear in a British context, whereas the Americans allow their boys to don them, too. Well, it isn't the first time they got something wrong over there ...
      Google ergo sum

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      • In Britain, men wear their pants under their trousers, whereas in the States they wear their pants on the outside. (I blame Clark Kent personally.)

        The Yanks have also designated a person's rear as a 'fanny', whereas in the UK it refers to a lady's 'front bottom'.

        But then 'having a fag' has different connotations in both languages as well.
        _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
        _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
        _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
        _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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        • Deleted by Doc. A joke too bad for even someone who tells bad jokes...
          Last edited by Doc; 02-01-2007, 11:41 AM.

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          • Originally posted by L'Etranger
            knickers ...!
            As a Teuton (with the lack of imagination that comes along with this ethnic handicap) I have always wondered why in a language that seizes any opportunity to use a "c" where we would write a "k" this particular item of garment stubbornly managed to resist. Any explanation about the origins of said word?

            And why do men and women wear the same thing?

            Ah, Wikipedia suggests it is used exclusively for female underwear in a British context, whereas the Americans allow their boys to don them, too. Well, it isn't the first time they got something wrong over there ...
            In the U.S. knickers a.k.a. knickerbockers usually refered to 3/4 leg length trousers, kids and sports pants to keep the cuffs/trouser leg bottoms from getting frayed from rough wear, came back in vogue around here in the 1920s for some reason, it was a big deal when a boy got his first full length pants/trousers, I wore them some as a kid, (also a black leather motorcycle jacket, but that's another story, hehe). Knickerbockers referred to the Dutch in New York during the 1600s, rolled their pants up to the knee, I think knickerbocker come from knackerbaker, which refers to baked clay marbles, I think I read that somewhere, no source for it though. Here's a photo of some lonely looking retro guys sporting the article in question.
            "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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            • They look like something we in the UK would describe as 'Morris Dancers'. Or perhaps 'The Lower Codlington Rounders Team'!

              Here's a Valentine's idea for you lesser romantics - Use the above photo for a card to your loved one. Inside should be the message "Just be grateful you've got me". Stand clear when she opens it.
              He's well smoked

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              • Originally posted by Kipper
                Here's a Valentine's idea for you lesser romantics - Use the above photo for a card to your loved one. Inside should be the message "Just be grateful you've got me". Stand clear when she opens it.
                That's a done deal. Will report back on concequences later...

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                • What's with the "K" shirts they're wearing? Weirdest Klan rally I ever did see...

                  Meanwhile, I had a post today from the party guy's at Apple:

                  Engrave your Valentine's iPod.
                  Show them how much you love them. Shop the Gift Guide for iPod and more. Order before 08/02/07 to receive your gift by Valentine's Day.
                  I guess mix-tapes aren't enough any more...

                  [Other MP3 players are available. This product not endorsed by Dee... because he can't afford one... sniffle]
                  "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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                  • Count me in.
                    While this rose has been called um, unromantic on more than one occasion, I simply don't care for the obligatory, commercialized, terribly cliche nature of this, yet another Hallmark holiday.
                    I guess I'm just no fun at all.
                    Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.
                    -Yousuf Karsh

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                    • Originally posted by Rothgo View Post
                      ...Will report back on concequences later...
                      Went well: she laughed her head off!

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                      • Well done! Your other half is obviously blessed with a sense of humour.
                        I've heard it said that making a woman laugh is the key to her heart.
                        He's well smoked

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                        • Originally posted by Kipper View Post
                          I've heard it said that making a woman laugh is the key to her heart.
                          Just so long as she's laughing with you...

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