Everyday Semiotics

Monday, December 01, 2008

Cockney neck

The latest series of my favorite Britcom, The IT Crowd, is off to a brilliant start. Episode two riffed on the linguistics and the friendship effect of football fandom (though fandom of any type has its own vocabulary and brio, which comrades and poseurs inevitably must enunciate).

Watch from 1:09 to 1:59, and from 3:45 to 7:03.

The gag confirms something I've long suspected, that people become well-versed in the statistics and other minutiae of sport specifically for the purpose of making conversation. It's just one of many pathetic defenses against loneliness, one variation on something we all do, in various contexts.

Here I especially like that the heroes are working from a script, which is provided for them by a website tailored to people looking to bluff their way into a football coterie. Even those who haven't read the script follow it unknowingly.

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