As many of you know I enjoy a good turn of phrase, of skilful use of the English language. I particularly enjoy good comedic turns of phrase, “who’s on first?”, “The Duke ducked, the Doge dodged and the Duchess didn’t. so the Duke got the Duchess, the Duchess got the Doge and the Doge got the Duke”, that sort of thing.
One of my favourites from Danny Kaye is in the movie, the Court Jester, where he is trying to avoid a joust and is given a chalice with some poison in it and after the chalice from the palace is broken, to remember he rhymes:
The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon!
The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!
I like a good homage as well, so hearing the following in the Season 2, Special episode of ‘Allo, ‘Allo just broke me up. Captain Hans Geering does the honours with:
You do not need to kill the General, we have already arranged to kill the General… Do you not see? That if we
kill him with the pill from the till by making with it the drug in the jug,
you need not light the candle with the handle on the gâteau from the château!