“I’m not politically correct, me. No, I still call queers ‘poofs'”
I think there’s a way to go…
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‘That’s it see. A lot of people can’t keep up with what words are acceptable these days and what words aren’t. It’s like my dad for example, he’s not as cosmopolitan or as educated as me and it can be embarrassing. He doesn’t understand the new trendy words, like he’ll say “poofs” instead of “gays”, um, “birds” instead of “women”, “darkies” instead of “coloureds”‘.
– Gareth, from The Office
Mmn, but what would he call an ottoman?
This is another Scots thing I think – it was explained to me thus:
Kevin Keegan is a poof, Quentin Crisp is a homosexual
From which I take it that effete non-Scottish footballing types with dodgy perms and their ilk are poofs (or should that be pooves?)
Yarb – Good lord, you mean I’m trapped in an episode of The Office?
J – they were complaining they could never talk about having a gay time any more either…
PB – I don’t know about Scots. More of an age thing, possibly…
You’re probably right…. incidentally I was 25 before I’d ever heard the term ottoman applied to furniture – it was always the empire that was approximately where modern Turkey is to me. The furniture was always a “poof” or “poofy” (no idea what spelling to apply as it was never written down)
And there’s me thinking that Ottoman was Gavin Maxwell. . .
In some parts of Scotland that’s someone who doesn’t stand their round. . .
I knew I’d regret posting this
There was a Scotsman sitting in the pub quietly doing a crossword in the paper when he announced to the pub in general “The clue is ‘on a desert island’, 8 letters, M_ROON_D”. An Englishman sat at the bar shouts over “Marooned!”. The Scotsman replies quick as a flash “pint o’ heavy and a dram then”.
The old ones are the oldest… I’ll get my coat.
I’d already been given mine 🙂
You’d think it was an age thing but no, it’s still in regular usage across all demographics here.
It’s someone who goes out wearing a coat, right?
Two people are looking in the window of a cake shop in Glasgow. The first one says “Is that a cake or a meringue?” The second one says “Naw, you’re no wrang, it’s a cake right enough”.
I’ll get my coat (but I shan’t wear it)
What’s the difference between Fred Astaire and Walt Disney?
Fred Astaire dances and Walt Dis-ney
I’m putting mine on as I saunter towards the door. . .
taxi for the lot of you…
I prefer Breakaway – I find Taxi biscuits much less satisfactory.
Anyone here named McLetchie?
It’s taken me until now to think I know what you’re hinting at Richard… some reference to Taxigate at Holyrood?
All right, that’s enough. Innuendo and bad puns are bad enough, but politics…
In America, a poof is one of those fabric puff things. I’ve seen a very entertaining thread on a travel messageboard about whether people in Britain take a poof or a scrubber into the shower….
@PB – It’s spelt ‘pouffe’
@Autolycus – one could always be adventurous & try both at the same time!
@Havers – thanks – I’d forgotten about him – showing my youffe 😉
Be fair – he’s almost given up the lynchings entirely since New Year
@j – in my house it’s spelled “footstool” 🙂
@disgruntled – sorry – not only was it politics, but tory scandal politics… I blame Havers for starting it. I reckon he’s looking for six of the best.
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