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♥♥ QI love ♥♥

I'm watching a QI episode from series 1 - I must have seen these episodes at least half a dozen times each, but they still make me laugh out loud. Much love for Stephen Fry and, right now, Jeremy Hardy:

Stephen: What is the most boring place in Britain?
Alan: East Anglia.
Stephen: No, thank you very much.
Alan: Almost a featureless environment!
Stephen: No. As an East Anglian, I refute that with every fibre of my being. The actual answer is a field...
Jeremy: [interrupts] No, you can't refute... That's bad grammar, that, Stephen. To refute, you have to provide evidence.
Stephen: Yes...
Jeremy: You mean "rebut".
Stephen: No, I mean "repudiate".
Jeremy: Fair enough.
Stephen: Yeah. But a good point. Very good point.
Jeremy: If you weren't showing off, you could have said "reject".
Stephen: Yes, indeed. You're absolutely right. Though it's not bad grammar, is it? It's just bad semantics.

Also, tmesis is a great word.

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sloopjonb
Aug. 15th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
I gave up on that show after Fry tried, very earnestly, to convince the panel that marsupials are not mammals. (That, and it doesn't make me laugh very much).

Somebody once said that Fry is the stupid man's idea of a clever man. I can buy that.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, come one, you can deny he's funny, but you can't deny he's clever! Also smart-arsed, I admit.

Not sure about the marsupials thing though :D
pickwick
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
That was me...LJ keeps logging me out. Arse.
sloopjonb
Aug. 17th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, he's funny. Sometimes. But I don't think he's quite as clever as he thinks he is. (Nobody could be that clever, admittedly).
gwinniegirl
Aug. 15th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
It's a fan-fucking-tastic word! :D
pickwick
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Abso-fucking-lutely :D
momentsmusicaux
Aug. 16th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
Tmesis -- what, like 'Scunthorpe'?
pickwick
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
That's what Jo Brand said :p
momentsmusicaux
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I remember it well!
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