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Old 02-15-2004, 12:58 AM
C3 C3 is offline
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Shut your festering gob, you...

tit.

Where is this quote from? I have a friend who, inexplicably, insists that this quote is:

Shut your festering, gob your tit.

He insists that this is correct.
Please correct him. None of us knows what this line comes from and his whole argument is based on the "fact" that the people uttering the line aren't speaking proper English.

(Can you tell we've all had a few?)
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Old 02-15-2004, 01:04 AM
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It's from Monty Python's Argument Sketch. Gimme a sec and I'll come up with the relevant bit.
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Old 02-15-2004, 01:11 AM
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Quote:
Mr Barnard (shouting): What do you want?
Man: Well I was told outside...
Mr Barnard: Don't give me that you snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings!
Man: What!
Mr Barnard: Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke! You vacuous toffee-nosed malodourous pervert!!
Man: Look! I came in here for an argument.
Mr Barnard (calmly): Oh! I'm sorry, this is abuse.
Man: Oh I see, that explains it.
Mr Barnard: No, you want room 12A next door.
Man: I see - sorry. (exits)
Mr Barnard: Not at all. (as he goes) Stupid git.
-Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Complete Unexpurgated Scripts of the Original TV Series (except for the animation bits)
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Old 02-15-2004, 01:20 AM
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Thank you. I guess I'll have to have him look up the audio of this. He still doesn't believe that it's

Shut your festering gob, you tit.

vs.

Shut your festering, gob your tit.

I don't know. He's a little lit. We'll work on him.
I'll have him look that up.

Thank you!
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Old 02-15-2004, 01:31 AM
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Monty Python's Argument Clinic skit

Transcript

Audio clip (shutyourgob.wav)

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Old 02-15-2004, 01:36 AM
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Shut = close
your = belonging to you
festering = generating pus
gob = British slang for "mouth"
you
tit = breast

Share with your friend the good news about http://dictionary.com.
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Old 02-15-2004, 11:13 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SolGrundy
Shut = close
your = belonging to you
festering = generating pus
gob = British slang for "mouth"
you
tit = breast

Share with your friend the good news about http://dictionary.com.

We did actually explain the meaning of the words (he didn't know that gob = mouth), but even after that he claimed that the pause was in the wrong place for our parsing of the sentence to be correct.
I've sent him the audio (thanks GorillaGirl). We'll see if that convinces him. If not, I give up. This guy is a very, very smart man and, apparently, very stubborn.
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Old 02-15-2004, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by C3
This guy is a very, very smart man...
That can't possibly be true.

FWIW 'gob' can be a verb as well as a noun (meaning to spit), but SolGrundy's post is correct for the quotation. Your friend's parsing of the sentence is meaningless.
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