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Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the man's name Randy? No

Bear in mind that this is a real person and the scenario is also an incident that really happened.
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does this phrase involve the man's first name? or his surname?
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does this phrase involve the man's first name? or his surname? It involves both!
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Simon says? ;)
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Simon says? No :)
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jiminey Crickets?
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jiminey Crickets No but another great effort! :)

David and yourself both have the right idea
Arjun Rangarajan (Jun)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the expression involve a contraction of his first name?
Hope he wasn't Richard Waters :)
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the expression involve a contraction of his first name? No it was his first name and surname exactly as they are


Hope he wasn't Richard Waters Another brilliant effort

Score
David 5 bonus points
Fred 5 bonus points
Arjun 5 bonus points
Arjun Rangarajan (Jun)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Corr, Blimey?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 5:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Gordon Bennett?
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 6:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If it was uttered by Jo March then it would be "Christopher Columbus!"
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 8:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well done David it is "Gordon Bennett"

A special mention to Alizon & Arjon for setting the pace.


Spoiler coming up
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 9:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

*************** SPOILER ****************

The phrase "Gordon Bennett" is an expletive that is used as an utterance of dismay. In looking up the origins of the expletive we see that the term may well have derived from a person of that very name and that he did cause a great deal of dismay among his contemporaries.

Indeed, one of the incidents that he has become infamous for is that of urinating in the fire place (see notes below). Apparently this has been registered in the Guiness Book of Records for the "Greatest Engagement Faux Pas".


So it’s perhaps not surprising that his name become well-known, well enough that he should have become a byword, helped by his eccentric and boorish ways (he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under “Greatest Engagement Faux Pas” for having his engagement to Caroline May broken off in 1877 after he arrived late and drunk at the May family’s New York mansion and urinated in the living room fireplace in front of his hosts).

Gordon Bennett 1

Gordon Bennett 2
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 9:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wow, you learn something new every day! I must admit I was not familar with the man or the phrase. Interesting puzzle.
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 9:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Great story and great puzzle. Thank you, Simon!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 9:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So Alizon, even though you don't have a firepalece, have you ever uttered the expletive, "Gordon Bennett"?

And have you David and Lynne?

And indeed, has anyone else?

Have our American cousins and those in Europe and Australasia heard of the expression "Gordon Bennett"?
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 9:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I haven't heard it before, for what it's worth.
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 10:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes I have, but I always thought that it was another way of saying gawd / god in a less obvious way.
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 10:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have indeed used "Gordon Bennett" more than once, but I am an old fogey who also uses "Great Scott". The story of the origin of the use of the phrase as an expletive is conjectural at best - but it is a good story, and made a good puzzle :)
Arjun Rangarajan (Jun)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 10:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Gordon Bennett" does seem familiar, but I haven't heard anyone use it.
Nice puzzle, Simon :)
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 11:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am afraid I haven't used it, though it seems familiar to me as well. Anyway, whenever I hear it from now on, I will imagine the outrageous fiancé doing... well, you-know-what.
Damien Sullivan (Docd)
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 9:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Speaking for my fellow Australasians, I can't say I've ever heard the expression. But what a funny story :)
Tommy Petersson (Tommyp)
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 9:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I never met the chap.

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