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    " It’s great to be in Brighton. And I want to start by thanking somebody from the bottom of my heart for the kindest of words. Not Justine …oh, I would like to thank her, a round of applause for Justine please, ladies and gentlemen. Not my mum … but a woman called Ella Philips. It was local election day, Ella rode past me on her bike, she fell off …it’s not funny! I helped her up and afterwards she called me something I had never been called before: she said I was an “action hero”. Why are you laughing? She said I was an action hero “who mysteriously appeared out of nowhere”. And she said, “What added to all the confusion was that Ed was actually attractive and not geeky at all”. I promise you, she did say that. She said, “Even the way he appeared was suave”. I don’t know why you find this so funny, friends. “He was dressed casually, but he had style”. Sounds quite me, doesn’t it? Now I was pretty pleased with this, as you can tell, until something dawned on me: Ella was concussed. She was badly concussed. In fact, she herself said, “I was seeing things because I was still in quite a daze”. Well, Ella, you are not kidding. But let me say, Ella, if you are watching today, thank you, you have made my year."

    The above is from a speech by Ed Miliband of the UK.

    Why did he say the woman Ella was concussed here?

    I cannot figure out the humor in the two underlined sentences.

    Can any British teacher help me to understand them?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Default Re: why use concussed here

    When Ella Philips fell off her bike she presumably received a blow to her head which caused a concussion. Miliband seems to be mocking himself by saying that Ella called him an 'action hero' and made other complimentary comments about him because she was in a state of confusion.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 01-Oct-2013 at 16:26. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: why use concussed here

    I can't imagine anyone with a fully functioning brain or half-decent eyesight using any of those words to describe Ed Miliband.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: why use concussed here

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can't imagine anyone with a fully functioning brain or half-decent eyesight using any of those words to describe Ed Miliband.
    Don't under estimate Ed Milliband.

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    Default Re: why use concussed here

    Ed Miliband does not look like a conventional action hero and is often regarded as geeky. He's being self-deprecating here, suggesting that you would need to be concussed to think of him this way or to find him attractive. One magazine in the UK runs a cartoon about him which makes him look like Mr Bean- he has had a lot of jokes made about the way he looks.

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