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A small perfect moment 19 March 2019

I recently attended a meeting of the governing board of my employer, and we went out for a meal afterwards.

I was mentioning the slight sense of karmic repayment I feel at doing something with a genuine social use, having in a previous job been webmaster for S Club 7 and Westlife among others. One or two of the people there (senior lawyers and such like) didn't recognise the names.

So I was able to explain, to a retired judge, that S Club 7 were "a popular beat combo of the early 2000s". And he got the reference.

(Of course the Wikipedia page misses the point: the reason for the thing to have happened, if it did, is that while the judge probably knows perfectly well what a Beatle is, the quick summary still needs to be read into the record for the benefit of future legal scholars and lawyers.)

Tags: real life

  1. Posted by DaveD at 09:53am on 19 March 2019

    Oh, that's beautiful.

  2. Posted by Chris at 10:45am on 19 March 2019

    It's a toss-up, these days, about which is as frequently quoted in complete misunderstanding of what it properly means: a popular beat combo or a curate's egg.

    Lovely to have the chance to use one of them properly!

  3. Posted by RogerBW at 10:50am on 19 March 2019

    I suspect that most people these days have never had a bad egg. I certainly haven't. (I've once or twice cracked one and thought "I don't like the smell of that", but never come close to eating one.)

  4. Posted by Owen Smith at 01:28pm on 19 March 2019

    I'm only barely aware that eggs can go bad. And I've often wondered what a curate's egg is (but not enough to look it up).

  5. Posted by RogerBW at 01:57pm on 19 March 2019

    Punch cartoon, 9 November 1895, by George du Maurier, under the title "True Humility".

    Right Reverend Host: "I'm afraid you've got a bad Egg, Mr Jones!"

    The Curate: "Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!"

    The point being that even a partly-bad egg is entirely inedible (the H₂S has percolated throughout); but many modern speakers fail to notice this, and use "curate's egg" as a variant of "mixed bag", whereas as originally used it's closer to "one bad apple ruins the barrel".

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