Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    NewHopeR is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    1,049
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    Context:

    Rebekah Brooks sent an effusive text message to David Cameron on the eve of his 2009 party conference speech, telling him: "Professionally, we're definitely in this together!" and signing off: "Yes he Cam!"

    More:
    Rebekah Brooks texted David Cameron: 'We're definitely in this together!'

  2. #2
    charliedeut's Avatar
    charliedeut is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    5,114
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    Hi,

    IMO its just a wordplay on Cam for Cameron and Barack Obama's "Yes, we can!" during the last Presidential Election Campaign

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

  3. #3
    NewHopeR is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    1,049
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Hi,

    IMO its just a wordplay on Cam for Cameron and Barack Obama's "Yes, we can!" during the last Presidential Election Campaign

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Thank you.
    What does "signing off" mean? Signing his signature on the agreement (the text)?

  4. #4
    charliedeut's Avatar
    charliedeut is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    5,114
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Thank you.
    What does "signing off" mean? Signing his signature on the agreement (the text)?
    sign off - WordReference.com Dictionary of English
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

  5. #5
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    41,630
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    It's not an agreement as it's unofficial- signing off means ending the text.

  6. #6
    NewHopeR is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    1,049
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's not an agreement as it's unofficial- signing off means ending the text.
    Here is a problem: If it was a personal message from Brooks to Cameron, why not signing off with "Yes, you Cam!"?
    If I talked to you and wanted to encourage you, I'd say "Yes you can!" If I said "Yes, he can!" You would misunderstand it, wouldn't you?

  7. #7
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    8,891
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Here is a problem: If it was a personal message from Brooks to Cameron, why not signing off with "Yes, you Cam!"?
    If I talked to you and wanted to encourage you, I'd say "Yes you can!" If I said "Yes, he can!" You would misunderstand it, wouldn't you?
    I wouldn't read too much into what was supposed to be a play on words.

  8. #8
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    41,630
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Here is a problem: If it was a personal message from Brooks to Cameron, why not signing off with "Yes, you Cam!"?
    If I talked to you and wanted to encourage you, I'd say "Yes you can!" If I said "Yes, he can!" You would misunderstand it, wouldn't you?
    It's meant to be a joke, though don't try looking too much into it as it's not funny. Remember, she was a journalist and the tabloid newspapers are very fond of using headlines that are plays on words. In fact, one of her papers used Yes, he Cam the next day.

  9. #9
    NewHopeR is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    1,049
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's meant to be a joke, though don't try looking too much into it as it's not funny. Remember, she was a journalist and the tabloid newspapers are very fond of using headlines that are plays on words. In fact, one of her papers used Yes, he Cam the next day.

    Is News International a tabloid?

    PS. (Wiki)Rebekah Mary Brooks (née Wade; born 27 May 1968) is a British journalist and former newspaper editor. She was Chief Executive Officer of News International from 2009 to 2011, having previously served as the youngest editor of a British national newspaper as editor of the News of the World[7] - from 2000 to 2003 - and the first female editor of The Sun[8] - from 2003 to 2009. Brooks married actor Ross Kemp in 2002. They divorced in 2009[6] and she married former racehorse trainer and author Charlie Brooks.

  10. #10
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,169
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What does "he Cam" mean? A euphemism of "He's a stud"?

    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Jun-2012, 17:55
  2. Defining "Street," "Road," "Avenue," "Boulevard"
    By ahumphreys in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 31-Dec-2010, 07:14
  3. [Vocabulary] Difference between "health" and "wellness", "Diagnosis" and "Analysis"
    By tobysky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2010, 22:43
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2008, 08:27
  5. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 19:33

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk