Well I'll Go To The Foot Of Our Stairs
August 20, 2014 1:06 PM   Subscribe

 
thanks god for these subtitles; I was otherwise very confused about why when the man said "get out!" in response to a surprising statement, the woman did not leave the premises
posted by threeants at 1:13 PM on August 20, 2014 [6 favorites]


I was also relieved to find out that two people "splitting up" does not pertain to the internal rupture of viscera
posted by threeants at 1:16 PM on August 20, 2014 [4 favorites]


I have watched actual British movies with English subtitles turned on for this very reason. Well, plus the accents (i.e., Trainspotting).
posted by Curious Artificer at 1:18 PM on August 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


This actually makes less sense than the International Business Engrish that we speak at work.

I love it.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:22 PM on August 20, 2014


I have watched actual British movies with English subtitles turned on for this very reason. Well, plus the accents (i.e., Trainspotting).
This is infinitely preferable to the dubbed version.
Why do Americans hate Freedom Robert Carlyle?
posted by fullerine at 1:26 PM on August 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Clear as mud. 'e pulled a minger who hurled some chunks on his pecker in the lavvy. She 'ad a geezer who was too far gone to get a woody.
posted by Dr Ew at 1:42 PM on August 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh christ who orders tea in a pub. gross. whoever wrote this is bad and should feel bad.

[NOTE: NOT ACTUALLY INVOKING THE HOLY SPIRIT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST]
posted by forgetful snow at 2:00 PM on August 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


I think I would understand this better if it had subtitles for the subtitles. Ideally in Cityspeak or Jive.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 2:02 PM on August 20, 2014


I would agree that some of the phrasing is a little ropey.
A few expressions feel rather forced. (and some I am very dubious about)
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:03 PM on August 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Who drinks tea in a pub?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 2:03 PM on August 20, 2014


Oh christ who orders tea in a pub. gross. whoever wrote this is bad and should feel bad.

JESUS, SON OF MARY, WHAT PERSON REQUESTS A TISANE WHILE PATRONIZING AN ALCOHOL DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT? MOST DISAPPETIZING. THE EXECUTOR OF THE VIDEO IN QUESTION HAS QUESTIONABLE MORALS AND SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE EXTENT OF HIS OR HER MISDEEDS.
posted by threeants at 2:08 PM on August 20, 2014 [6 favorites]


Yeah, like I'm supposed to believe this kind of talk? "He's all fummery-pox atop a upside-down baggage after a right Wesleydale porridge, and then she bollocked like a bicycle-tyre after a midsummer eve's Rupert Murdoch!"
posted by JHarris at 2:32 PM on August 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


How many levels of irony are we dealing with here? Is it a parody designed to amuse foreigners while native Brits laugh behind their hands: or that, but self-conscious, so the Brits are thinking "Ooh, get us, we're so sly!": or that, but we're meant to be thinking "Oh dear, look at how up ourselves we are about being sly and all that!"

Or is it just daft?
posted by Segundus at 2:36 PM on August 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


Nah, it's just bad.
posted by forgetful snow at 2:37 PM on August 20, 2014


Oh, get out.
posted by Nevin at 3:00 PM on August 20, 2014


Oh dear. Somebody is trying to pass off "Terence Stamp Limey-speak" as Brit slang again. They're 'avin' a larf, innit?
posted by Decani at 3:08 PM on August 20, 2014 [4 favorites]


Who drinks tea in a pub?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 10:03 PM on August 20


Clueless tourists and my mum.
posted by Decani at 3:09 PM on August 20, 2014


In American diner mugs at that. (Which I have never seen here, and I have looked because I want some)
posted by corvine at 3:20 PM on August 20, 2014




I'm in me mum's car, broom broom.

I'm in my mom's car, vroom vroom.

posted by glhaynes at 4:37 PM on August 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


Not just drinking tea but using tea bags. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 5:02 PM on August 20, 2014 [7 favorites]




Mockney
posted by BinaryApe at 10:58 PM on August 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


My wife insists on making me order her tea at pubs sometimes. It is a shameful act, and I feel terrible doing it.

Some of the slang in this video is somewhat appropriate, some of it is just forced in. I don't know of many people who use fanny these days. I also like that the subtitles sometimes disappear even for phrases which I imagine someone people would not be familiar with.
posted by Cannon Fodder at 12:24 AM on August 21, 2014


Well, I'm English and I managed about 20 seconds before I had to turn it off. Nice idea but god its awful. It looks like a couple of middle class uni kids trying to be funny about working class language and accents, and failing miserably.

Also, yes we do say fanny. Pro-tip: It is not cockney for funny.
posted by marienbad at 3:57 AM on August 21, 2014


And "I'll go to the foot of our stairs" is a northern expression, so if they were using it in their mockney accents they are definitely doing it wrong.
posted by marienbad at 3:58 AM on August 21, 2014 [1 favorite]


> "He then orders an Aristotle of the most ping-pong tiddly in the nuclear sub..."

That's mostly just rhyming slang, isn't it? Seems pretty clear from context.
posted by kyrademon at 4:22 AM on August 21, 2014


Another Brit here. This is a promising idea ruined by execution and script: a story told in slightly dated slang and rhyming slang but performed by people who have poor material to work with. This is the same sort of idea performed by a comedy genius, Ronnie Barker. Writing is everything.
posted by epo at 4:48 AM on August 21, 2014 [1 favorite]


Written and performed by.
posted by epo at 5:11 AM on August 21, 2014


I've often ordered tea in a pub, although I'm Irish so tea is more important to us than the British :)
posted by Fence at 11:06 AM on August 21, 2014




Writing is everything.

This is true because some people just aren't themselves are they. They're like someone else or something.

sure mefi has seen this before
posted by glasseyes at 1:16 PM on August 21, 2014 [1 favorite]


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