February 9, 2006

THE ENGLISH RAPIER WIT: (VIA THE THE CORNER)

Regarding the World Cup, via John O'Sullivan:


....[The] story reminds me of the great opening line of Vincent Mulchrone's Daily Mail report of the German victory over England in an earlier soccer World Cup. I quote from memory: "Yesterday Germany beat this country in our national game for the second time this century. But that's only fair since we beat Germany at their national game twice this century too."

The literature is chock full of bon mots from Churchill, Disraeli, and other British wits. This one was too good not to share.

Posted by Bruce Cleaver at February 9, 2006 11:36 AM
Comments

I'm fond of the definition of soccer that some English wit came up with:

(Paraphrased) A game played by 22 men on a grass field of x by x dimensions for 90 minutes, at the end of which, the Germans win on penalties.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 9, 2006 1:50 PM

Check out the article, too. Whistling the theme from The Great Escape is okay, but no channeling of Basil Fawlty will be permitted..

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 9, 2006 2:27 PM

England fans in the past have been fond of singing "One Bomber Harris, there's only one Bomber Harris" when playing the Germans.

Another favorite chant is "two world wars and one world cup" -- referring to England's one world cup won in '66.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 9, 2006 2:40 PM

Thanks Raoul!

"Your're Schmidt and you know you are" LOL!

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at February 9, 2006 3:25 PM
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