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(   Parking police hoist legally parked car, paint double yellow lines around it, put it back down, then issue a parking ticket   ( divider line
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5660 clicks; posted to Main » on 30 Aug 2001 at 12:18 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2001-08-30 12:23:28 AM  
See? Even cops can make Mentos ads!
2001-08-30 12:24:12 AM  
Sounds like something that the Parking Nazis at Oklahoma State University would do.
2001-08-30 12:28:11 AM  
"Mr Peters, who has parked his car in the same spot outside his shop in west London for the past 20 years, said he did not know whether to laugh or cry after the incident"

Neither dude. Just shove the ticket up the cops arse.
2001-08-30 12:33:05 AM  
I cant believe they put it back.

In america the car would have been ticked 3 times, towed, searched, the trunk popped and the whole car impounded and held hostage for the ticket and $200 in 'impound fees'.

Ahhh city life.
2001-08-30 12:36:57 AM  
what is 'barmy'?
2001-08-30 12:45:41 AM  
2001-08-30 12:46:46 AM  
Barmy = a few roos short of the top paddock.
2001-08-30 12:50:06 AM  
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2001-08-30 12:51:26 AM  

But since these are soccer fans, here the barmy you will meet.

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2001-08-30 12:54:49 AM  
Is it a derivation of "balmy", in its 'clouded mind' connotation?
2001-08-30 12:55:56 AM  
Oop. Flakeloaf's dictionary sez I'm right.
2001-08-30 01:14:37 AM  
2001-08-30 01:46:33 AM  
the only thing that stuck out in the entire article was the use of the word fortnight.
2001-08-30 01:59:24 AM  
yeah, man... those pigs are sooo farkin barmy, bro... man
2001-08-30 02:03:11 AM  
farking silly english......

what a spot of jolly good fun, eh?
2001-08-30 02:07:05 AM  
word fortnight. = two week vacation
2001-08-30 02:09:29 AM  
[image from too old to be available] 2 cents
2001-08-30 02:53:39 AM  
fortnight = two weeks.
2001-08-30 03:02:24 AM  
i know what it means, but the only other time i've seen it used was in a wizard of id comic.
2001-08-30 03:06:18 AM  
So I take it the word fortnight isn't widely used in America?
2001-08-30 03:32:07 AM  
The word whatsa?
2001-08-30 03:45:58 AM  
"So I take it the word fortnight isn't widely used in America?"

Ummm pretty much it's only used is when making fun of the British, or at least making fun of *something* while laying on a fake british accent...

Yup, never heard it used otherwise.
2001-08-30 03:55:56 AM  
Wow - i thought everyone used "fortnight".

I wonder from whence it was derived - will one of my co-farkers enlighten me?
2001-08-30 04:12:51 AM  
fortnight = fourteen nights?

Just a wild guess. But I've noticed I don't use it so much anymore, now I'm living in Japan, because of the bloody American influence on English language study over here! No Japanese friends of mine know what it means!
2001-08-30 04:34:17 AM  
forsooth what blows yonder - tis tsubaki
2001-08-30 04:47:26 AM  
2001-08-30 05:03:25 AM  
fortnight? two weeks? has the same number of syllables, so there's no real difference in saying either or
2001-08-30 05:37:07 AM  
Tsubaki: It's not even the American English that gets me.. it's the engrish on t-shirts etc over here that I love.

That aside, you have to give the cops an "A" for effort. I would laughed like a madman (complete with scary twitching for effect) had that happened to me.
2001-08-30 06:28:57 AM

All your american to british - british to american english translations are there.
2001-08-30 06:29:16 AM  
2001-08-30 06:29:42 AM  
Oh yeah...
barmy sl adj :
crazy, stupid.
2001-08-30 06:31:02 AM  
NeuroTick: kinda like the grocery shop here in Matsuyama which had a huge neon sign advertising "Flesh Foods?"
2001-08-30 06:47:27 AM  
Tim Tams
2001-08-30 06:51:05 AM  
VB stubby
2001-08-30 06:55:55 AM  
mmmmmmmmm... VB...
2001-08-30 07:19:55 AM  
2001-08-30 07:29:05 AM  
ok....can't help myself

buzz bars
k bars
and fush and chups.
2001-08-30 07:30:37 AM  
This makes sense! Americans taking he p!ss out of the way that the English speak... erm... English. Perchance our grasp of the language is a little closer to the original than yours? Although, to be fair, neither has much connection (certainly in spelling) to the English spoken in days of yore.


And there's no "e" in potato... gotta love your politicians. At least ours just get caught bumming rent boys in the local park.

In summary: We're all equally farked, just in different ways.
2001-08-30 07:56:14 AM  
I don't really care about the Americans and how they are lousing up the language. I say, "Breed more nubile young women!".
2001-08-30 07:59:19 AM  
Hey Cletus - Why you buying those condoms?

2001-08-30 08:01:54 AM  
I would like to add that the word "normalcy" is totally redundant. (what the fark is wrong with "normality"?)
2001-08-30 08:12:15 AM  
2001-08-30 08:19:04 AM  
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Looks like Barney needs a pal.
2001-08-30 08:27:12 AM  
Hey, FastJeff: that dictionary was cool. Their monetary units are mindboggling, though.
2001-08-30 08:39:33 AM  
Tsubaki is right.

Fortnight etymology:

[Middle English fourtenight, alteration of fourtene night, fourteen nights : Old English fowertne, fourteen; see kwetwer- in Indo-European Roots + Old English niht, night; see nokwt- in Indo-European Roots.]
2001-08-30 09:01:57 AM  
Swisstony: In general there is a lot more e in Britain than the US
2001-08-30 09:13:49 AM  
as long as everybody else is completely off thread:

compare the british and american pronunciation of school and schedule. granted english is a seriously abused child, but the brits are just as bad the americans. at least the american english has a little consistency.
2001-08-30 09:21:37 AM  
Two thoughts:

1. You will hear "fortnight" used during Wimbledon coverage in the U.S. That's about the only time.

2. I crack up every time I hear the British pronounce "oregano".
2001-08-30 09:22:34 AM  
Aluminium Foil- that's the one British pronounciation that bothers me. It's aluminum, named by the AMERICAN who discovered it. Silly Brits messing up our language, I would like you more if you all talked like Ali G.
2001-08-30 09:26:17 AM  
I like how the U.S. and Britain say Aluminium;

U.S. = "uh-lum-in-uhm"
Britain = "ah-lu-min-e-um"
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