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Fry and Laurie on Language and the Word “Gay”

December 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Absence from the UK meant I had never seen Fry and Laurie until I caught a post on Jill Sommers’ blog, Musings from an Overworked Translator (here’s a hint, Jill – ease up). She posted the following language-related Fry and Laurie YouTube video which made me laugh out loud even though I don’t know who, if anyone, they are parodying.

Here’s another, with the slightly black depth of humour that comes with truth. For there really are people who complain about the word “gay” having been somehow sequestered, as if its captors were likely to demand a ransom for it, aren’t there?

Incidentally, I totally share Jill’s admiration for Blackadder-foil-turned-Super-House-Physician Hugh Laurie, in my case compounded by his enviable musical abilities, which make me suspect he’s a Jack-of-many-trades like myself. But much better at it.

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