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Posted: 26 April 2013 01:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Syntinen Laulu - 25 April 2013 09:38 AM

It’s possible of course that Humphries invented it himself.

“Top-ballocks” (sic) appears in Paul Beale’s Concise Dictionary of Slang as “military: late C19-20”, which suggests Humphries DIDN’T invent it (Beale also gives “top-buttocks” as “late C19-20"), although the Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2008) gives a date for “top bollocks, top ballocks” of 1961. That was the year Private Eye first appeared, although the Barry McKenzie strip began a few years later, IIRC.

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Posted: 26 April 2013 02:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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My favourite Humphreyism was, “She could bore an arsehole into a wooden horse.”

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Posted: 26 April 2013 02:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Zythophile - 26 April 2013 01:25 AM

Syntinen Laulu - 25 April 2013 09:38 AM
That was the year Private Eye first appeared, although the Barry McKenzie strip began a few years later, IIRC.

Right, 1964. The wiki on the strip is useless but this book extract gives the precise date (foot of p45, top of p46):

Humphries’ second literary character is Barry McKenzie, who made his entrance, at Peter Cook’s invitation and with some of his creative input, in 1963 in Nicholas Garland’s preliminary drawing of the character, and on Friday, 10th July 1964, in Cook’s fortnightly satirical magazine Private Eye.

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