Rees again in A Word in Your Shell-like provides additional information on the phrase: more tea, Vicar? In any case, a Google Books search doesn't turn up any matches at all for "more tea, vicar" beforewhen the phrase appears in New Zealand Alpine Journalvolume 34, not in the context of farting or complacent gentility but More Tea Vicar? - More Tea Vicar - Wubwudubwub a surprisingly easy ascent: Well, the photos we took from the air must have been tilted, because we wandered up in perfect conditions as though it was a Sunday picnic.
Sven Yargs Sven Yargs k 21 21 gold badges silver badges bronze badges. From The virtual linguist : I noticed in the kitchen department of John Lewis china teapots with the phrase " More tea, vicar?
I wondered if the phrase meant anything to the hundreds of tourists around. I doubt it. Something would happen in the storyline eg someone would start swearing, belch or be generally uncouth, at which point the genteel lady of the house would pick up the teapot and ask "More tea, vicar? It is meant to be amusing, of course. Where the comedic intention is to puncture the pomposity of the genteel lady of the house delicately trying to gloss over the faux pas by making the vicar of similar lowbrow stock as the transgressor and thus rendering the lady's sensibilities irrelevant Dick Caveman - Post Mortem - The Missing Link, eh?
I'm not surprised, a lot of his schtick was about class. Otherwise I like Josh's quote. I had not heard the phrase before, but even so it We Want The Airwaves - Ramones - Pleasant Dreams perfectly transparent to me because unfortunately I was brought up among the sedately genteel, and I can just imagine them saying this.
More Tea Vicar? - More Tea Vicar - Wubwudubwub the genteel by definition never have any wind to break, or indeed any bodily functions at all. Another possible reaction to an ecclesiastical fart would be "Nice weather for the time of year, isn't it? Misty Misty 31 1 1 bronze badge. See also "the whole nine yards" which has a bunch of faux-etymologies but I'm not sure if we know the real origin.
The wind-breaking angle could have something to it, though. There's the old limerick: "I sat next to More Tea Vicar? - More Tea Vicar - Wubwudubwub Duchess at tea. Featured on Meta. Sex workers' identities exposed in security lapse. Prince William gets new royal title from the queen. Hayek sorry for praising novel without reading it. Officer charged in murder of son kept in garage: Police.
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