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    what's the meaning of this british joke?

    Today I watched a British comedy "Green Wing"(Seson1, Episode1) and there was one sentence that I couldn't get .
    The context is,when DoctorA mocked DoctorB, he said "You are about as intelligent as a gracilis myocutaneous flap on a perineal hernia repair".
    I guess he wants to say that doctor B is stupid, but I am not sure about it. How does it make sense?
    Can anyone help me with this? Thanks! Waiting for your answer.
    Last edited by Lindt; 10-May-2012 at 10:27.

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    Re: what's the meaning of this british joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lindt View Post
    t Today i I watched a b British comedy "g Green w Wing"space(seson1,spaceepisode1)spacethere was one sentence that i I couldn't get it.spacethe context is,when d DoctorA mocked d DoctorB,spacehe said "y You are about as intelligent as a gracilis myocutaneous flap on a perineal hernia repair",space.i I guess he wants to say that d Doctor B is stupid,spacebut i I am not sure.spaceh How does it make sense?spacec Can anyone help me with this?t Thanks!spacew Waiting for your answer.~
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    Re: what's the meaning of this british joke?

    So sorry for that. I won't do this next time. Thanks for telling me.
    Last edited by Lindt; 10-May-2012 at 10:32.

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    Re: what's the meaning of this british joke?

    The joke is not a particularly witty play on words. In fact the audience probably don't know most of them. The amusing thing is the use of complex expert vocabulary to create a gross insult (most listeners don't know 'gracilis' or 'myocutaneous', but may know 'perineal' and probably 'hernia' - and know that they refer to taboo areas of the body).

    Green Wing was a show that divided opinions. Some people found it very funny, and some found it unutterably gross and meaningless.

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    Re: what's the meaning of this british joke?

    Yes, you are right. I don't think the audience could understand all the expert vocabulary here. I am trying translating the subtitles into Chinese, and I want to avoid misleading the audience as far as possible. Thank you.

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