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Finbarr Saunders and his double entendres

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CoalTit · 19/02/2022 18:11

I used to think that it was a phase teenagers went through, seeing sexual innuendo in absolutely everything, interrupting every conversation to snigger and repeat a word that sounded naughty to them.
But I'm at home with DP, who is non-native English speaker. He's collaborating on a document written in English by various Europeans. The one UK member of the working group has written "WTF!" because someone else used the word "posterior", as in "afterwards". The person who used the word "posterior" is wondering what's wrong.

I came across this "fnarr-fnarr" behaviour on Mumsnet once when I made the mistake of using "escort" in a title, and then made it worse by using the word "egg" in the same title. I flounced eventually, after the sixtieth person didn't read the full thread and told me I was being unreasonable and had deliberately misled them by using such words. OK, that was an internet forum. No big deal. But this is supposed to be an adult; all the other adults are using his native language, and he can't manage to behave like an adult, and it's really winding me up. Is this just a UK thing?

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AfterSchoolWorry · 19/02/2022 18:17

I miss Viz.

titchy · 19/02/2022 18:25

Posterior doesn't mean afterwards though? And writing 'wtf' presumably refers to the fact that the word is incorrect, rather than it being a double entendre.

Justkeeppedaling · 19/02/2022 18:28

What's the sentence with posterior in? At a push it could mean afterwards.

Elieza · 19/02/2022 18:36

Posterior and anterior are words used in anatomy, I believe, when referring to various internal parts?

CoalTit · 19/02/2022 19:42

Posterior doesn't mean afterwards though?
Is that a question or a statement?

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titchy · 19/02/2022 19:46


CoalTit · 19/02/2022 19:47

I have just checked with DP, who is the one working on the document (not me) and I got it wrong: he used "anterior" and "posterior" to refer to anterior and posterior dosimetry images. So, it wasn't used to mean "afterwards". My mistake. The British bloke didn't have any problem with "anterior", only "posterior".

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Elieza · 19/02/2022 19:48

Google’s dictionary says:

coming after in time or order; later.
"a date posterior to the first Reform Bill"

Schlerp · 19/02/2022 19:51

Every culture has its childish humour. Laughing at posterior may not be funny in places it’s not used to refer to your arse but they’ll have their own fnar moments too.

titchy · 19/02/2022 19:55

In that context then I'd say the Brit was being rather stupid.

But a good witty double entendre can be amusing! Grin

Marynotsocontrary · 19/02/2022 19:55

I was coming on to say it can mean afterwards, but more usually phrases like 'subsequent to' are used instead, so it's a rare usage and I'd probably yield to the native English speaker and change it.

I can't see any problem with the use of posterior now you've updated us, OP.

CoalTit · 20/02/2022 05:43

I wasn't asking if the use of "posterior" was correct, though. I was railing against the persistence of adolescent humour so far into adult life.

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A580Hojas · 20/02/2022 06:24

It probably is a bit of a British thing. We love a bit of school boy humour - see Tge Carry On Films, naughty seaside postcards etc.

I used to LOVE Viz and Finbar was one of my favourite characters. Him and the pathetic sharks.

Ifailed · 20/02/2022 07:09

To me, Saunders and entendres do not rhyme, which I've always found a bit annoying.

Justkeeppedaling · 20/02/2022 09:37


To me, Saunders and entendres do not rhyme, which I've always found a bit annoying.

They rhyme to me.
FayCarew · 09/03/2022 16:36

They don't rhyme to me.

absolutelynotfabulous · 12/03/2022 19:43

Love Viz! I always confuse Finbar with the character with the unfeasibly large testicles though...

Now what was his name? Hmm

absolutelynotfabulous · 12/03/2022 19:44

Buster GonadGrin. Just remembered.

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