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"Something for the weekend, sir?"

November 8th, 2005 (03:36 pm)

We recently got the Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions collection; in one of the shorts, Wallace's new Auto-Chef goes mad (surprise); one of the phrases it spouts while trying to be a good waiter is "Something for the weekend, sir?".

Now, I'd come across this phrase once before, in Pratchett's The Last Continent; Rincewind says it to a sheep he's shearing. Something made me suspect there was some salacious subtext here, so I started hunting, and found this. Sure enough, it was originally a code phrase, meaning, "Do you want to buy a condom?".

I'm not sure if it was just a way of being discreet, or if it goes back far enough that a code phrase was actually necessary, because condoms were banned.


Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)

"Several dozen for the weekend, sir?"

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