A packed episode! First, we give the least intelligent talk about the Oscars ever, because they hadn’t actually happened when we recorded, and we’d seen a total of 1 of the films between us. After that, author Jonathan Thomas calls in from Anglotopia to talk about his excellent new dictionary of British slang, and how his own name makes English people titter. Then Sam returns for the “That’s Not English” quiz and tries to guess what a “Murphy bed” might be, while Johnson wrestles with a “nonce.”
If there’s a through-line to this week’s episode, it seems to be flesh and blood; we chat about the fact that while American giants can apparently smell the blood of Englishmen, the American Red Cross is, by contrast, totally uninterested in it. This gets us on to the mad cow scare of a few years back, and the current horse meat debacle going on in Europe. Also, Jochen gets back in touch from Hamburg, and later, Tom takes the quiz and explains how not to order coffee in Harlem.
You’d think Valentine’s Day would be uncontroversial, but starting with the fact that the British consider it odd that Americans send their mothers Valentines at all, we chat about the yanks’ limited use of irony and somehow end up on zombies, via Richard III and Oliver Cromwell. Later, Johnson guesses what Fairy Liquid might be (which goes as badly as you’d think) while Lil & Ryan ponder how to use K.C. Masterpiece.
An exciting weekend that brought us both the prognostications of a large rodent and some sort of sporting event involving a bowl that is, apparently, far from ordinary. Obviously we discuss the works of one William Murray, and later, Chris White calls in from the orient to take the quiz. How does Johnson fare against a man from the future who can speak Chinese? Not very well.