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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Zarq » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:31 pm UTC

TimelordSimone wrote:Did you notice that Ekans is snake backwards yet?
(See also: Arbok, cobra.)


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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Link » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:16 pm UTC

Also, Gen V gives us Deino, Zweilous and Hydreigon.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Magnanimous » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:12 am UTC

The set of rational numbers is denoted as Q... The Q stands for "quotient". Rational numbers are a quotient of integers.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Menacing Spike » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:05 am UTC

Z stands for, in German, "Ze negative integers also".

(okay more seriously I think it's related to the german for "count")
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:20 am UTC

Zahlen, German for 'numbers'.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby OBrien » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:25 pm UTC

Just noticed that Daring Do is just a Rainbow Dash recolour with a different cutie mark. Damn that took a while.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:21 am UTC

Mad Men is a play on words on Ad Men.
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I edit my posts a lot and sometimes the words wrong order words appear in sentences get messed up.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby TimelordSimone » Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:36 am UTC

I just realised that 'porkies' is rhyming slang.
Porkies. Pork pies. Lies.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby UniqueScreenname » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:06 am UTC

Porkies doesn't rhyme with pies or lies.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby The Scyphozoa » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:24 am UTC

Rhyming slang would make the word "porks", but I guess they slanged up the slang by adding "ie".
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:25 am UTC

It's cockney rhyming slang. Pork pies rhymes with lies, and the slang for pork pies is used instead. Lies -> Pork Pies -> Porkies.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby TimelordSimone » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:28 am UTC

Yeah, what SurgicalSteel said. I don't really get it either, but there you are.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby lucrezaborgia » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:35 am UTC

Art Deco has way more breadth and depth than I ever imagined...
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby phlip » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:41 am UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote:Porkies doesn't rhyme with pies or lies.

The usual pattern with Cockney rhyming slang is you take the thing you're trying to make slang for, find a two-word phrase that rhymes with it, and then use the first word (ie the bit that doesn't rhyme) as the slang term. There are exceptions, of course, but that's the general rule.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby OBrien » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:56 pm UTC

"Tom" (Tom Tit), "Jimmy" (Jimmy Riddle) and "Todd" (Todd Slone) are ones that really confused me as a kid. Cockney rhyming slang should not go with names that'll be lost one generation down the line, and James Blunt is no exception.

One exception to the "drop the first word" rule that still confused me as a kid is "pen and ink" (stink). I knew it meant "smells really bad", but I didn't make the connection until I was about 10.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby TimelordSimone » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:38 pm UTC

OBrien wrote:One exception to the "drop the first word" rule that still confused me as a kid is "pen and ink" (stink). I knew it meant "smells really bad", but I didn't make the connection until I was about 10.

I had the same problem with "half inch" (pinch). I knew it was "steal", but never made the rhyming slang connection.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby roband » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:07 pm UTC

Rory? Yeah I know Rory. He's not to be underestimated, you've got to look past the hair and the cute, cuddly thing - it's all a deceptive facade. A few nights ago Rory's Roger iron's rusted, so he's gone to the local battle-cruiser to catch the end of his footer. Nobody is watching the custard so he turns the channel over. A fat man's north opens and he wanders over and turns the Liza over. 'Now fuck off and watch it somewhere else.' Rory knows claret is imminent, but he doesn't want to miss the end of the game; so, calm as a coma, he stands and picks up a fire extinguisher and he walks straight past the jam rolls who are ready for action, then he plonks it outside the entrance. He then orders an Aristotle of the most ping pong tiddly in the nuclear sub and switches back to his footer. 'That's fucking it,' says the guy. 'That's fucking what' says Rory. Rory gobs out a mouthful of booze covering fatty; he then flicks a flaming match into his bird's nest and the man's lit up like a leaky gas pipe. Rory, unfazed, turned back to his game. His team's won too. Four-nil.

Great movie, and some great examples of cockney rhyming slang.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby ArgonV » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:43 pm UTC

roband wrote:Rory? Yeah I know Rory. He's not to be underestimated, you've got to look past the hair and the cute, cuddly thing - it's all a deceptive facade. A few nights ago Rory's Roger iron's rusted, so he's gone to the local battle-cruiser to catch the end of his footer. Nobody is watching the custard so he turns the channel over. A fat man's north opens and he wanders over and turns the Liza over. 'Now fuck off and watch it somewhere else.' Rory knows claret is imminent, but he doesn't want to miss the end of the game; so, calm as a coma, he stands and picks up a fire extinguisher and he walks straight past the jam rolls who are ready for action, then he plonks it outside the entrance. He then orders an Aristotle of the most ping pong tiddly in the nuclear sub and switches back to his footer. 'That's fucking it,' says the guy. 'That's fucking what' says Rory. Rory gobs out a mouthful of booze covering fatty; he then flicks a flaming match into his bird's nest and the man's lit up like a leaky gas pipe. Rory, unfazed, turned back to his game. His team's won too. Four-nil.

Great movie, and some great examples of cockney rhyming slang.


I was really glad that part of the movie had subtitles. Although the visuals leave little to the imagination.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby roband » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:47 pm UTC

Haha. But the subtitles only give the actual meaning, rather than the explanations of the origins of each piece of slang.
Want me to try to explain them?
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby fizzgig » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:07 am UTC

I'd like to see the explanation
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby roband » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:16 am UTC

Ok, here we go. I'll try to do them in order.

roband wrote:Rory? Yeah I know Rory. He's not to be underestimated, you've got to look past the hair and the cute, cuddly thing - it's all a deceptive facade. A few nights ago Rory's Roger iron's rusted, so he's gone to the local battle-cruiser to catch the end of his footer. Nobody is watching the custard so he turns the channel over. A fat man's north opens and he wanders over and turns the Liza over. 'Now fuck off and watch it somewhere else.' Rory knows claret is imminent, but he doesn't want to miss the end of the game; so, calm as a coma, he stands and picks up a fire extinguisher and he walks straight past the jam rolls who are ready for action, then he plonks it outside the entrance. He then orders an Aristotle of the most ping pong tiddly in the nuclear sub and switches back to his footer. 'That's fucking it,' says the guy. 'That's fucking what' says Rory. Rory gobs out a mouthful of booze covering fatty; he then flicks a flaming match into his bird's nest and the man's lit up like a leaky gas pipe. Rory, unfazed, turned back to his game. His team's won too. Four-nil.


Roger = Roger Mellie = Telly
Iron's Rusted = Busted (or Broken)
Battle Cruiser = Boozer (or Pub)
I don't think Footer is rhyming slang, more just slang for football (of the soccer variety)
Custard = Custard and Jelly = Telly
North = North and South = Mouth
Liza = Liza Minelli = Telly
Claret - again, I've always just known this as general slang for blood, due to the colour.
Jam Rolls = Arseholes
Aristotle = Bottle
Ping-Pong = Strong
Tiddly = Tiddly wink = Drink
Nuclear Sub = Pub
Bird's Nest = Chest

So "an Aristotle of the most ping pong tiddly in the nuclear sub" is a bottle of the most strong (strongest) drink in the pub.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby fizzgig » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:20 am UTC

Thanks! Love how they have 3 different words just for telly.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby roband » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:21 am UTC

I'm sure there's more too. Of the three featured, I think referring to it as 'the Liza' is my favourite.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby The Scyphozoa » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:21 am UTC

I love how a pub can be called a battle cruiser or a nuclear sub.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby UniqueScreenname » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:48 am UTC

roband wrote:calm as a coma, he stands and picks up a fire extinguisher

All I understood.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:51 am UTC

Lent is based on when Jesus meditated in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights and takes place the 40 days before Easter. However, Jesus did that 3 years before he died, so those two ceremonies/observances have nothing to do with each other.

I already know all about the pagan roots, but I had never noticed how loosely that had been tied together.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby JudeMorrigan » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:03 pm UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote:Lent is based on when Jesus meditated in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights and takes place the 40 days before Easter. However, Jesus did that 3 years before he died, so those two ceremonies/observances have nothing to do with each other.

I already know all about the pagan roots, but I had never noticed how loosely that had been tied together.

Well, sort of. The loose association is more between Lent and the time Jesus spent in the wilderness than it is between Lent and Easter. See:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09152a.htm
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Shivahn » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:24 pm UTC

Liposuction. Lipo. Lipid. Lipid suction. Fats are lipids...

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby TheMaskedGecko » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:40 pm UTC

Cern, that Swiss place where they look for Bosons and try to destroy the universe, is a billingual pun (sort of) on the German 'Kern' meaning nucleus, nuclear etc.
Either that or it's a massive coincidence.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby ShootTheChicken » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:56 pm UTC

Probably coincidence as I think CERN is just a dull acronym.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby ahammel » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:08 pm UTC

CERN is short for le Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, but the association's long name is now l'Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire. I wouldn't be surprised if they kept it at least partly for the similarity to Kern especially considering that Switzerland and Germany were founding members, and given the organization's taste for cute acronyms (ENQUIRE, COMPASS, ATLAS, MoEDAL, TOTEM, ALICE, etc.)
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Noc » Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:47 pm UTC

Holy crap, Rob Brydon is the dad in Mirrormask.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Joeldi » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:52 am UTC

OBrien wrote:"Tom" (Tom Tit), "Jimmy" (Jimmy Riddle) and "Todd" (Todd Slone) are ones that really confused me as a kid. Cockney rhyming slang should not go with names that'll be lost one generation down the line, and James Blunt is no exception.


What do they even mean? Do they all refer to penises or something?
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby OBrien » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:11 pm UTC

Tom = shit, Jimmy = piddle, Todd = alone / (on your) own, James = a four letter word for vagina beginning with "c".
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Kithplana » Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:13 am UTC

Thomas O'Malley from the Aristocats. Thomas shortens to Tom, obviously (for the play on tomcat), but his initials also sort of spell out TOM.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Magnanimous » Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:45 am UTC

The word "radio" comes from "radiation", since radios pick up electromagnetic waves.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Dason » Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:51 pm UTC

Kithplana wrote:Thomas O'Malley from the Aristocats. Thomas shortens to Tom, obviously (for the play on tomcat), but his initials also sort of spell out TOM.

Duuuude.

Does O'Malley really get shortened to OM in initials?
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Kewangji » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:41 pm UTC

Daniel O'Brien is DOB.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby poxic » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:27 am UTC

Most people I know with a Mc/Mac or O' name only use the M or O in their initials.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Kithplana » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:26 am UTC

Which is why I said sort of. I figured it's not the norm but it is close enough to make the connection.
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