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    Default Re: Sir Walter Raleigh?

    First, it's a Beatles song. John Lennon is singing it.

    He's actually singing "...He was such a stupid git!" In the UK, a "git" is a jerk or jackass. And there was a brand of cigarettes named after Sir Walter Raleigh.

    I suspect he was chain-smoking at that time.

    Though, if you look into Sir Walter Raleigh's bio, he really WAS a git!

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    Cool Re: Sir Walter Raleigh?

    Quote Originally Posted by gooshman View Post
    First, it's a Beatles song. John Lennon is singing it.

    He's actually singing "...He was such a stupid git!" In the UK, a "git" is a jerk or jackass. And there was a brand of cigarettes named after Sir Walter Raleigh.

    I suspect he was chain-smoking at that time.

    Though, if you look into Sir Walter Raleigh's bio, he really WAS a git!
    Thanks Gooshman. So many idioms & Synonyms in English....!

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