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Discussion in 'English Only' started by sloopjc, May 8, 2007.

  1. sloopjc Senior Member

    UK English
    Is this a real idiom, like toffee-nosed or just something invented by Monty Python, the television comedy series from the 1970's? Does it suggest anything plausible or not?

    The reference can be found here:
    http://www.mindspring.com/~mfpatton/sketch.htm
     
  2. Old Novice

    Old Novice Senior Member

    Massachusetts
    USA, English
    I've never heard it in AE, and if it isn't BE, either ... :thumbsdown:

    My best guess is that, given the show, it is simply deliberately silly. There is a remote possibility that they were trying for a play on "brown-nose", but that doesn't seem to fit the context.

    But maybe someone else has a more creative interpretation than I can come up with. :)
     
  3. Matching Mole

    Matching Mole Senior Member

    England, English
    Beware mis-transcriptions on random web sites! In the sketch the Graham Chapman says "toffee-nosed". The site you quote is simply wrong.
     
  4. Old Novice

    Old Novice Senior Member

    Massachusetts
    USA, English
    Thanks. That wipes out the second possibility (absent brown toffee, I suppose :D ), but I don't know that expression either. :) So unless it's BE, we're back where we started.
     
  5. sloopjc Senior Member

    UK English
    Thank you MM! I wasn't sure, because coffee-nosed has proliferated across the Internet more than 1600 times in reference to the Monty Python sketch that as you correctly mention, uses the idiom, "toffee-nosed".

    quote: "Shut your festering gob, you tit! Your type really makes me puke, you vacuous, toffee-nosed, malodorous, pervert!"
     

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