OH MISSUS SHEFFFIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEELD! Can we call you that now? We, the broads of the world, must pay homage to our ancestors. And you, Miss Fine, are our reigning sovereign.
How could we forget your revolving wardrobe of early 90s Moschino Couture? We haven’t forgotten what we learned at 6:30pm every weeknight: black turtleneck + loud textured mini + black opaque tights + black suede pumps = WIN. Those over-the-knee suede boots? Now we’re all verclempt. We loved your collection of Todd Oldham coats and the occasional Dolce & Gabbana leopard ensemble. And that fluffy pink bathrobe with the giant flowers? It haunts us to this day. We are truly humbled by your bulletproof approach to everyday dressing.
Now that you’re a married woman, which Sheffield offspring is gonna inherit your wardrobe? Maggie was last seen in yet another Paris Hilton B-movie, Maggie got her kit off for HBO and Brighton miffed casting agents worldwide by transforming into a human penis. Miss Fine, do you really trust your precious couture vault with the cretins you raised? Pick me, pick me!
So what if the last few seasons of The Nanny sucked total shvantz. Post-Nanny, you tragically contracted cancer schmancer and rose above it like a true gangstress. For these reasons, and many more, Franny, you’ll always be our number one bubeleh xxx
I woke up this morning with the urge to post a brief and thoroughly non-exhaustive list of Discworld pun/reference names of varying levels of obscurity that people may or may not have gotten, and HERE IT IS.
Vetinari is a play on “Medici,” the extremely powerful Italian political family who inspired Macchiavelli’s “The Prince.”
The philosopher Didactylos’s name literally means “two fingers,” which refers to a rude British gesture roughly equivalent to flipping someone off.
The feuding Ankh-Morpork Selachii and Venturi noble families are named, respectively, for the scientific name for sharks and a part found in jet engines. This is a reference to the feuding Sharks and Jets street gangs in the musical West Side Story, which is itself a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
“Nobby” is a slang term for a policeman. Nobby’s dad, Sconner, gets his name from- well, you know how the Nac Mac Feegle call people “ya wee scunner”? Same word.
The guide to nobility Twurp’s Peerage is named after the Roundworld equivalent, Burke’s Peerage.
“Greebo” means… well, I’ll quote the Annotated Pratchett File: “'Greebo’ is a word that was widely used in the early seventies to
describe the sort of man who wanders around in oil-covered denim and
leather (with similar long hair) and who settles disagreements with a
motorcycle chain – the sort who would like to be a Hell’s Angel but
doesn’t have enough style.”
Nanny Ogg’s house is called “Tir Nanny Ogg,” a play on “Tír na nÓg,” the otherworld in Irish mythology.
Miss Treason’s given name, Eumenides, is another name for the Erinyes, Greek goddess of vengeance.
Erzulie Gogol’s first name is shared with a Vodou goddess, and “Baron Saturday” is a play on “Baron Samedi.” (EDIT: somebody said it’s actually a straight English translation, which I was not aware of.)
Desiderata Hollow, good fairy godmother, has a first name derived from the Latin word for “to wish.”
“Lilith de Tempscire”‘s surname is just a French translation of “Weatherwax.”
The terrible pun in Casanunda’s name (he’s a dwarf, so he’s UNDA, not OVA) is probably obvious to a lot of people, but it took YEARS for me to notice it, so I’m including it on this list.
The old Count de Magpyr’s name is Bela de Magpyr, after, of course, Bela Lugosi. (And Vlad also mentions an aunt Carmilla.)
“Djelibeybi,” for those unfamiliar with British sweets or classic Doctor Who, is pronounced identically to “jelly baby.” The country of Hersheba was introduced after many, many Americans failed to get the joke- with limited success, because it’s less immediately recognizable as a play on “Hershey bar.”
“Omnian” is a multilingual play on “Catholic.” Omni- is a root meaning “everything,” and “Catholic” originally meant “universal.”
Lu-Tze’s name is a play on Laozi/Lao-Tzu/Lao-Tze, founder of Taoism.
Dr. Follett, head of the Assassin’s Guild thirty years ago in Night Watch, is named for… author Ken Follett, in exchange for a significant monetary donation to charity.
He held the camera in
front of him as he walked into the house, the baby carrier in his spare hand.
The house wasn’t fully finished being decorated but it was home to him and her.
His girlfriend walked into the house with a beautiful smile on her face.
Their baby was home.
“I know this whole
house doesn’t mean anything to you at the moment but you’ll have memories here
and they will all be recorded by me and your mum. Your first steps, your first
smile, when you first start crawling.”
He held the camera steadily
as he walked up the stairs, his girlfriend following closely behind him.