AMERICANS! Please help...

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Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:18 pm Post

WATSON: "What does it tell you, Holmes?"

HOLMES: "It's in the ink shade, dear Watson. The BIC corporation has only produced four shades of ink for its trademarked Biro pens since its inception, and the blue in particular is very distinctive to the trained eye. From the increased colour density around the top of the oval letters and the uneven coverage through the longer tail strokes - note in particular here on the long 'g' and the exaggerated 'y' - this looks to be one of the older Biros, before they changed the ink composition to reduce clumping. I'd say the writer of this note has owned this pen since before 1995."

WATSON: "No, I mean 'What does it say?' I don't have my reading glasses."

HOLMES: "Oh. Sorry, old boy. Err... 'Nipped out to do some shopping, we're out of yummy Hob Nobs.'"
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:08 pm Post

YUMMY HOB NOBS!!! YUMMY Hob... :shock:
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Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:32 am Post

pigfender wrote:Biro is actually a trademark of the Bic company.

And why is that? Because the "ballpoint pen" was invented by a Hungarian by the name of "Biró" in the early 1930s. He patented his invention in 1938, and sold the patent to Marcel Bich, the owner of the Bic company in 1945.

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Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:23 pm Post

pigfender wrote:OKAY! Another quick question for the non-UK English speaking crew.

How about "Biro"? Automatically recognisable as a cheap plastic ball-point pen produced by the good people at the BIC Corporation?

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Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:34 am Post

AMERICANS! I need your help again!
AUSTRALIANS AND THE PEOPLE OF NEW ZEALAND! Your views are also valid!
CANADIANS! Don't worry your toothless heads. Stick to your Tim Hortons!

Is the word "rawlplug" generally understood over in your part of the world (I know it's not the default term in the US at least, but wondered if it'd be understood)?

If it's not immediately known, would you get the meaning from the context? For example:

"Try to back now and I'll screw you to the wall, and use him as a rawlplug."


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Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:10 am Post

Never heard of a rawlplug, though I can count among my friends a fairly rough set of recreational intimidators.

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Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:23 am Post

pigfender wrote:AMERICANS! I need your help again!
AUSTRALIANS AND THE PEOPLE OF NEW ZEALAND! Your views are also valid!
CANADIANS! Don't worry your toothless heads. Stick to your Tim Hortons!

Is the word "rawlplug" generally understood over in your part of the world (I know it's not the default term in the US at least, but wondered if it'd be understood)?

If it's not immediately known, would you get the meaning from the context? For example:

"Try to back now and I'll screw you to the wall, and use him as a rawlplug."


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Only kidding, Canadians!


I have a valid view? :roll:

Absolutely no idea what a rawlplug might be. Sounds like a splicing tool (although that would be a fid) or some type of corkscrew. It also sounds painful. :shock:
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Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:45 am Post

nom wrote:I have a valid view?

No. You are delusional. Doctor, heal thyself.

pigfender wrote:Is the word "rawlplug" generally understood over in your part of the world (I know it's not the default term in the US at least, but wondered if it'd be understood)?

No. You are delusional. ... ... Piggy heal thyself ... doesn't work. CRAP

Only two obscure places I've heard this use:
1. Use of uncured/solidified material for stoping leaks. Commonly in boating circles for in water repair.
2. Small scale tobacco houses referring to uncured/unprocessed leaf to be used for chew tobacco plugs.

Yes yes. I said it was obscure. Don't try to figure out the how or the why I have heard it used in these manners. Just be glad that I don't tell you everything about my life.
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Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:48 am Post

Ok, so it seems the word wouldn't be obvious even in context to non-Brits. Although it sounds like you all appreciate that it's meant to imply a certain degree of menace and unpleasantness.

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Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:06 pm Post

Would wadding or packing work?

Try to back (out?) now and I'll screw you to the wall, using him as wadding.

Try to back now and I'll screw you to the wall, using him as packing.
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Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:30 pm Post

Try to back out now and I'll nail you to the wall, and I'll use him as the nail.
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Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:58 pm Post

Rawlplug... A funny word with a rather boring background: a British trademark, a plug for concrete walls introduced by Rawlings in the early 20th century.

We call them ... 'concrete plugs'. Not funny at all. :(

(if written v-rawl plug it would sound roughly like 'screamin' plug' in Swedish, much funnier!) :D
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Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:07 pm Post

Re: AMERICANS! Please help...
Postby pigfender on Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:01 pm

OKAY! Another quick question for the non-UK English speaking crew.

How about "Biro"? Automatically recognisable as a cheap plastic ball-point pen produced by the good people at the BIC Corporation?

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