jjl - 10/21/2005 2:14 PM
Botnst - 10/22/2005 7:10 PM
jjl - 10/21/2005 7:02 AM
Nice one. Keep 'em coming.
The following comes from my friend, Jochan, in Scotland. It appears
Yesterday, a friend of mine was travelling on a Glasgow to Aberdeen train.
A man of Arabic appearance got off the train and my friend noticed that he had left his bag behind. She grabbed the bag and ran after him, caught up with him in the station and handed him back his bag.
He was extremely grateful and reached into his bag which appeared to contain large bundles of money. He looked around to make sure nobody was looking and whispered "I can never repay your kindness, but I will try to...with a word of advice for you: Stay away from Glasgow"
My friend was genuinely terrified.
"Is there going to be an attack?" she asked him.
"No ... ", he whispered back...... "It's a sh*thole."
Now, then. Yes, well, um, yes. Curate's egg, old boy, Curate's egg.
I had never heard of "Curate's Egg" and I'm glad I Googled it. I look forward to using it.
Perhaps I should start by explaining curate, since IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m told that this name for a junior ecclesiastical post is not well known outside Britain. A curate is an ordained minister who is an assistant to a vicar or parish priest; he (these days sometimes she) is at the bottom of the priestly pecking order, poorly paid and with no job security.
Let us now turn to the humorous British magazine Punch for 9 November 1895, which featured a cartoon drawn by George du Maurier. This showed a timid curate having breakfast in his bishopÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s home. The bishop is saying Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m afraid youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a bad egg, Mr JonesÃ¢â‚¬?, to which the curate replies, in a desperate attempt not to give offence: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent!Ã¢â‚¬?.
Readers liked this exchange so much that the cartoon led to the catchphrases Ã¢â‚¬Å“parts of it are excellentÃ¢â‚¬?, and Ã¢â‚¬Å“good in partsÃ¢â‚¬?, which are recorded from the beginning of the twentieth century. The phrase curateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s egg itself means something that is partly good and partly bad and so not wholly satisfactory: Ã¢â‚¬Å“this book is a bit of a curateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eggÃ¢â‚¬?. (Despite one American dictionary, it does not mean Ã¢â‚¬Å“something discreetly declared to be partly good but in fact thoroughly badÃ¢â‚¬?, which would be its literal interpretation.)
Now explain to me, "Bob's your uncle."