Quite so, the glory of our isle

Except it probably won’t actually get called Boaty McBoatface. Nor will the other imaginative suggestions such as Big Shipinnit or Big Metal Floaty Thingy-Thing likely make the final cut. But, just days after the NERC launched a poll, encouraging the public to suggest a suitable moniker, the Great British public did what it does best – and has been doing for centuries. We took the piss.

And I can’t say I’m surprised. This is, after all, the country that created Punch, Viz, Private Eye. The people who call the Queen “Brenda” and the Prince of Wales “Brian”. The nation that dubbed Liverpool Cathedral “Paddy’s Wigwam” and voted to send the Spice Girls on tour to Baghdad. We’ve met with triumph and disaster, and we’ve always made a bum gag just the same. Love it or loathe it, schoolboy humour runs in our blood like Bovril and weak bitter.

Quite amazing really, an article in The Guardian that actually understands the local population.

10 thoughts on “Quite so, the glory of our isle”

  1. How many column inches between that, and an article rousing the twatter pitchfork mob over a non-PC joke told by some bloke?

  2. worth noting that one of their lead telly reviewers is married to one of the lead writers for Viz, that masterpiece of toilet humour

  3. If the top-voted name had been “Vag-Crusher” (perhaps more appropriate for an ice-breaker vessel) then we’d have had a completely different article in the Guardian.

  4. This Great British Sense of Humour business is all very well but we could end up with Boris Johnson as PM if people go for jokes all the time. He should really stand as Farty McFart Features to test this syndrome properly.

  5. Re: BC

    Of course not – Commisars are not noted for their sense of humour, and it tends to be a career limited in the gulags.

  6. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I think BoJo would make a splendid PM. He could do the multi-effnic thing as well, given that his grandfather was a Turk. I’m not sure he’d need to go the whole stripy-pantaloons-and-a-fez route, but I can’t see how it would hurt.

  7. ‘Boaty McBoatface’ is good healthy middle class humour. The Groan is fine with that sort of thing. It does understand and approve of that segment of the population. It’s everyone else’s humour that is bad and wrong.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *