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Freddy Woo writes, "My wife thinks calling the front room a lounge is common. Worse, a friend of hers recently admonished her daughter for calling a toilet, a toilet. Lavatory darling. It's lavatory."

My own mother refused to let me use the word 'oblong' instead of 'rectangle'. Which is just odd, to be honest.

What stuff do you think is common?

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:06)
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The Wombles
of Wimbledon.
Because I always thought there was an comma before "common are we".
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:10, 19 replies)
so did I. It was only relatively recently (i.e. I was probably in my 20s) that I worked it out!
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:11, closed)
Obviously THIS is a common thing then...
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:13, closed)
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:14, closed)
Me too.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:13, closed)
Great Uncle Bulgaria
Surely the patriarchal Womble, lording it around in his Tartan hat and specs went some way to dispelling that myth?

I'll concede that Madame Cholet was nothing more than a slack thonged, common whore with basic culinary skills if it's any consolation.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:14, closed)
that's enjambment for ye.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:17, closed)
Thank God for this...
...I though I was alone!

Group-hug everyone.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:17, closed)
I thought this too.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:22, closed)
I thought there was a comma in there too, but I just thought it meant there was a lot of them.

This impression was probably helped by the B side of my Wombles single, which was "We've got Wombles everywhere".
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:27, closed)
^ this!
Also, is this the place to confess that I have several Womble albums, which I still listen to from time to time?
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 23:47, closed)
That's fine.
Last year my best mate walked down the aisle to a beautiful harp version of "Underground Overground".
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 8:26, closed)
And back out
to "Remember you're a Womble", perchance?
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 9:27, closed)
This is win.
Anyone who didn't think this as a kid is counter-stupid.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 17:12, closed)
Stick me on the list
I blame the song - there was a definite pause between Wimbledon and Common. Growing up in Edinburgh, I didn't know that Wimbledon Common was a place, did I?
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 18:20, closed)
I didn't even know
what a common was, as we don't have commons in Norn Iron.
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 20:46, closed)
I thought that's what it said till just seconds ago, when I read your post.

Crazy, eh?
(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 19:54, closed)
womble albums
i was always a a fan of "minuetto allegretto" on a wombles 33.. apprently if you minuetto allegretto you will live to be old.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 9:46, closed)
I still think it does, even though I know it doesn't. I prefer to think of all the wombles spitting, fighting, swearing at Uncle wotshisface and being generally chavish.

Stick me in the group of silly buggers!
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 13:56, closed)
Yes, yes and yes.
Though we had great kids TV like this in strailya, we had no idea what a common was. I always thought it was classist commentary on the furry critters' predilection for picking through garbage. Only upon moving to London in my mid 20s did the light-bulb ding over my head.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:16, closed)

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