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Island Life: And some with a fountain pen

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  • James Francis,

    George is a good name. But it does do a disservice to Georges, two of whom I know and neither of whom seem to be remotely approaching a disaster or crisis.

    What about 'W'. We could even pronounce it Dubya. It could stand for Woe. Or Worrisome. Or Wringer. Or, to quote 11 year old daughter, Whatever.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Yes, he's been an imbecile, but this is the work of more than just this one.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    We could call them the Georgians, perhaps.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    Giovanni, you demurred while I was still editing. Would you like me to amend your response to chime correctly?

    Paul. Two syllables too many? (If I were going in that direction, I think I would prefer The Aristocrats.)

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Somnething more resonant perhaps - the Arist-oh-craps.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    BTW, who knows what a fountain pen is these days?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    Nine out of ten doctors write with a fountain pen.

    (God knows what the other pervert does with it.)

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Never give your fears a human face. Some people will know a George that is nothing at all like what we're going through, and complain, and others will know some right prick of a George and think it's entirely appropriate.

    So, in support of West Wing, I vote we call it bagel. Which is nothing like it, so it's a slightly surreal placeholder.

    Oh no, too many syllables. Umm. What about just 'bag'?

    That way we could say "wow, we're really in the bag now", "it's black in the bag", and when people and institutions fall over financially, they could have been 'bagged'.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Giovanni, you demurred while I was still editing. Would you like me to amend your response to chime correctly?

    No, it's okay, it captured the sentiment - I really don't think you can leave this particular turd at Georgie's doorstep, he was merely the last in a long line of laissez-fuckers. This thing started when he was still doing coke, for crying out loud.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Oh, and I like Arist-oh-craps.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    $10,000 post-collapse dollars* prize for best Woody Guthrie reference on PAS this year.

    I've been calling it the Collapse of Global Capitalism (CGC), but that is a bit of a mouthful.

    * equivalent to about 11 of your NZ cents

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    That way we could say "wow, we're really in the bag now", "it's black in the bag", and when people and institutions fall over financially, they could have been 'bagged'.

    With apologies to john & Yoko, it's the new bagism.

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Oh, and I like Arist-oh-craps

    It's yours.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    bagel. Which is nothing like it

    hm! A bagel could quite clearly be a symbol of nothing. So, possibly more appropriate than you intended for the current financial state of affairs?

    (A parallel example: Graeme Norton once asked a New York audience for a radio-safe euphemism for a certain portion of the female anatomy, and was -- initially -- quite happy to use the suggestion "mango".)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    $10,000 post-collapse dollars* prize for best Woody

    We don't talk about Woody in polite company.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    $10,000 post-collapse dollars* prize for best Woody Guthrie reference on PAS this year.

    I thank you kindly, brother. The prestige is nice and all, but the 11 cents, why that'll feed seven children.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    I could run to two syllables. This bagel idea looks fruitful.

    But then again - bag might be even better.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Naming the melt-down of American financial institutions after an ethnic Jewish foodstuff might be taken the wrong way in some quarters. And besides, the George née Global Economic Crisis doesn't taste delicious with salmon and cream cheese.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    * equivalent to about 11 of your NZ cents

    Waiheke has its own currency now? One you can't smoke?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Graham,

    Mmm. Not that keen given my favourite radio station, which, I might add, was around before Dubyah came on the (international) scene.

    A recent Newsweek edition fingered Al Greenspan. On the cover, no less.

    I've been calling it a Global Finance Meltdown. Six syllables but they roll off the tongue easily, everyone knows what you're talking about it's rather to the point.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 217 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    And besides, if we are going to name it after a Jewish food, I think the blintz has a certain onomatopoeic quality.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Which is to say that if the events of September 2008 made a noise, it would have had tees and zeds together.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Well, if we're going to name it after a kosher foodstuff, could we name it after beef bacon? That way, after it all goes horribly wrong, I can regularly think about mouthwatering beef bacon as we eat our weekly turnip.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    How about Mammon?

    Mammon took my house away. Mammon told me I couldn't afford a new car/wide screen TV/payrise/food for children (delete as appropriate).

    Nothing like blaming a deity for all your problems.

    Too cerebral?

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    We could always just call it what it was.

    Greed.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

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