1. Quantz

    Quantz Senior Member

    French
    This is a bit difficult.

    An American is mocking a young Englishman, caling him "one of the Crazy Norm's boys".
    Crazy Norm is in fact a nickname.
    "One could not imagine what the taciturn boss of the young man could possibly have done to be tagged with such a ridiculous nickname, unless he wore ridiculous socks every day."

    I don't get the pun.
     
  2. Meille Senior Member

    Quebec, Canada
    English
    "One of the Crazy Norm's boys" is a little odd; if it's a name, why is the "the" there?
    In any case, if it's a pun, maybe more context could help us help you.
     
  3. Quantz

    Quantz Senior Member

    French
    My problem is I have no more context.
    "Crazy Norm" is the nickname of the boss (a City firm) and I don't see the the link with the socks. That nickname being invented by an American, I've been lloking here, with no avail :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Norm_Show
     
  4. Scrivener Senior Member

    France
    English - UK
    Hi Quantz
    Are you sure it's a pun? Does it not just mean what it says: that the boss seems so strait-laced that the craziest thing one can imagine him doing is wearing ridiculous socks? Assuming his real name is Norman, that is.
    As for the "the", it does sound a little strange but perhaps less so when you think of "The Mighty Quinn" or "The Great Gatsby".
    Apologies if I've missed the point.
     
  5. Quantz

    Quantz Senior Member

    French
    Yes, it does. :)
     

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