Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1
    patran is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    211

    Throw a kettle over a pub

    Dear teachers

    I don't understand the expression of "throw a kettle over a pub" in the following context.

    Finchy is a travelling Sales Rep and Davidís partner in debauched crime. His rare appearances in the office consist of unprintable language and innuendo. He is unfathomably successful with women.He also has a tendency to link his masculinity and sense of self worth to his ability to win at the office Quiz Night. He is not nice. However he can throw a kettle over a pub.


    Regards

    Anthony

  2. #2
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    25,699

    Re: Throw a kettle over a pub

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Dear teachers

    I don't understand the expression of "throw a kettle over a pub" in the following context.

    Finchy is a travelling Sales Rep and David’s partner in debauched crime. His rare appearances in the office consist of unprintable language and innuendo. He is unfathomably successful with women.He also has a tendency to link his masculinity and sense of self worth to his ability to win at the office Quiz Night. He is not nice. However he can throw a kettle over a pub.


    Regards

    Anthony
    It means literally what it says, he is able to throw a kettle over a pub. Do you know what a kettle is? And a pub?

  3. #3
    patran is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    211

    Re: Throw a kettle over a pub

    Hi Bhasia, I know what is a kettle and a pub, but I have no idea if the expression is a compliment or something negative on Finchy.

  4. #4
    susiedq is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    266

    Re: Throw a kettle over a pub

    It's some kind of idiomatic expression, but I can't find the source of it. (Australian, 1500's?)


    It has been used in dialogue on the British TV comedy, "The Office" and "Seinfield."

    It might be a gaming term.
    Last edited by susiedq; 10-Mar-2012 at 14:33.

  5. #5
    SirGod's Avatar
    SirGod is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Romanian
      • Home Country:
      • Romania
      • Current Location:
      • Romania
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    420

    Re: Throw a kettle over a pub

    * Not a teacher

    I think you should take it literally.

    The World of Ricky Gervais' The Office: Supply Room

    Kettle over pub throwing competition Just how hard is it to throw a kettle over a pub while your mate waits round the back to confirm it? Delayed for the moment.
    Office, The (2001)

    The landlord of the Lamb pub in Chichester
    challenges me to throw one of these copper kettles over his pub.
    ...
    - Or a kettle? - No, the equivalent. Coconut.
    I will throw anything you choose over this building.
    ...
    So if he can throw it over, we've won the champagne,
    - and that was the real quiz. - Choose one thing.

  6. #6
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    25,699

    Re: Throw a kettle over a pub

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Hi Bhasia, I know what is a kettle and a pub, but I have no idea if the expression is a compliment or something negative on Finchy.
    It's not negative in itself. Finchy is a thoroughly unpleasant person, the fact that he is able to throw a kettle over a pub doesn't affect that at all.

  7. #7
    patran is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    211

    Re: Throw a kettle over a pub

    Hi Bhasiahab, so the expression is like: "Finchy is also good at squash"? some additional information?

  8. #8
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    25,699

    Re: Throw a kettle over a pub

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Hi Bhasiahab, so the expression is like: "Finchy is also good at squash"? some additional information?
    Yes.

  9. #9
    BobSmith is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    880

    Re: Throw a kettle over a pub

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedq View Post
    It's some kind of idiomatic expression, but I can't find the source of it. (Australian, 1500's?)

    It has been used in dialogue on the British TV comedy, "The Office" and "Seinfield."

    It might be a gaming term.
    I would like to see a citation for this if you find it. I've seen all the Seinfeld episodes and don't recall this. When it was used in "The Office", it seemed like it came from the situation, not an idiomatic phrase.

  10. #10
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    25,699

    Re: Throw a kettle over a pub

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    I would like to see a citation for this if you find it. I've seen all the Seinfeld episodes and don't recall this. When it was used in "The Office", it seemed like it came from the situation, not an idiomatic phrase.
    It's not an idiomatic phrase. Not in BrE anyway.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last

Posting Permissions

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