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    Default pilked-down p***e

    I’ll get you, you pilked-down p***e.
    This is a quote from Fawlty Towers, S02E02. What does "pilked-down" mean? I have searched everyhwere, but I can't find the meaning of "pilked-down" or "pilk". I suspect that it's a play on words, but I can't figure it out.

    Thank you in advance.

    PS. I have censored one of the words in the quote becuase I don't know whether or not it's considered offensive.

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    Default Re: pilked-down p***e

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    This is a quote from Fawlty Towers, S02E02. What does "pilked-down" mean? I have searched everyhwere, but I can't find the meaning of "pilked-down" or "pilk". I suspect that it's a play on words, but I can't figure it out.

    Thank you in advance.

    PS. I have censored one of the words in the quote becuase I don't know whether or not it's considered offensive.
    More context is needed. I can't imagine what the word you have censored is. Can you post a link to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    More context is needed. I can't imagine what the word you have censored is. Can you post a link to it?
    There is a link in the quote. Longman says it's a "taboo" word so I thought that it wouldn't be good idea to post it without sensoring it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    There is a link in the quote. Longman says it's a "taboo" word so I thought that it wouldn't be good idea to post it without sensoring it.
    Could "piltdown" be what you are looking for? Piltdown Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Could "piltdown" be what you are looking for? Piltdown Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Thank you very much! That makes absolute sense. I should have known better than to rely on the English subtitles .
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 31-Jul-2012 at 11:10.

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    Default Re: pilked-down p***e

    Just to summarize.
    Although the Piltdown hoax was revealed in 1953, the name "Piltdown" has remained associated with the idea of a "missing link" or "caveman".
    The term "ponce" now usually means a man who is affected and perhaps effeminate in dress and/or manner and is intended to be derogatory. However it's not so strong that it needs to be disguised in a post.
    So, "Piltdown ponce" is Basil Fawlty's way of saying that his target is ignorant and uncivilized, while also being effete and unmanly.

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    Default Re: pilked-down p***e

    Ah, thank you. Ponce! I was failing dismally to work out what p***e could be! I couldn't think of a word that fitted which would need asterisks. In my opinion, it doesn't need asterisks. It's not the kind of the thing you would call someone in polite company but I wouldn't class it as swearing.

    I had worked out that it should have been "Piltdown" but someone else had already posted that.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: pilked-down p***e

    When I see the *s, I always want to say: please spell out such words as "ponce" when discussing them. That the word "ponce" was suitable for television tells you something about its acceptability. But in any case the self-censorship cannot be helpful.
    Last edited by abaka; 31-Jul-2012 at 13:13. Reason: typo., sigh

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    Default Re: pilked-down p***e

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    That the word "ponce" was suitable for television tells you something about its acceptability.
    Fawlty Towers is, generally speaking, a family friendly show. They have, however, used the n-word in one episode. I don't think that it's acceptable to write n****r without the asterisks on UsingEnglish, even if it's in quotes.

    I wasn't familiar with the word "ponce" so I didn't know whether it was considered offensive or not, so I thought, better be safe than sorry. But now I know that it's not classed as swearing. Thank you for that.

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    Default Re: pilked-down p***e

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Fawlty Towers is, generally speaking, a family friendly show. They have, however, used the n-word in one episode. I don't think that it's acceptable to write n****r without the asterisks on UsingEnglish.
    I don't remember that episode! Mind you, when it was actually being shown for the first time in the UK, very few people had a problem with that word so I probably didn't bat an eyelid at it. It would, no doubt, be bleeped out (or dubbed over with a different word) if the episode were shown on TV these days.
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