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    Re: Gordon Brown (3)

    What in the name of Ulysses S. Grant is going on over there, Brit? We're talking about the country which gave us Magna Carta, saw off the Armada, stood alone against Hitler and invented parliamentary democracy. How does Norman Brown get away with it? He must be a popular guy.


    Far from it, Chad. According to the latest opinion polls, he's the most unpopular President ever. His approval ratings are even worse than George Dubya Bush. There's talk about him having to stand down soon. He's already promised the job to some guy who works for him - name of Balls.

    Say again, Brit, you're breaking up.
    Balls.

    You're damn right there, buddy.
    1. Does " Magna Carta " has the connotation of liberty here?

    2. I knew Ulysses S. Grant was American president. Why did the author mention him here?

    3. saw off the Armada =?

    4. you're breaking up= ?

    5. Balls =?

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    Re: Gordon Brown (3)

    1 Yes
    2 What in xxxx's name is an expression used instead of What in God's name; the president's name is appropriate for this particular context, so the name will often vary.
    3 Defeated the Armada (a large Spanish fleet that set out to invade in 1588)
    4 Ed Balls is a close associate of Gordon Brown: Ed Balls
    Balls can also mean both rubbish/nonsense and testicles
    5 Breaking up- when mobile phone reception is bad and you can't hear the other person properly, they're breaking up


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    Re: Gordon Brown (3)

    Mr. Tdol, thank you for your good answer.

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