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Saturday, November 26, 2005


I don't know if 'waahing' people is purely an army thing or not but I was 'waahed' at work the other day so I thought I'd mention it.

The basic concept of the 'Waah' is to get someone to answer a question that is so blatantly obvious that nobody should be asking it.

Hmmm - that wasn't very clear. Maybe an example will clear it up. The scene - walking through Parliament Square in London.

A - "I wonder if Big Ben is near here."

B - "It's just there."

A - "Waaaaah."


A - "Have you noticed how many English towns are named after cheeses?"

B - "It's the other way around."

A - "Waaaaah."

Hmmm. I'm going to give up there. Having just re-read that it's not funny in the slightest. Unlike reality when it's absolutely hilarious.


Anonymous Kath said...

Actually it is funny. Royal is fond of telling me how once you get the green beret, you're allowed to be a kid forever. I've heard them do things like that to each other, crazy kids.

6:32 pm  
Blogger Homer said...

My Dad, aged 42:

"Hey! Mayday sounds like 'm'aidez', which is French for 'help me'!"

10:14 pm  
Anonymous Pat said...

Homer your Dad must come from my planet.

10:31 pm  
Blogger Laura(southernxyl) said...

It is funny.

I'm afraid that sometimes I'm so absent-minded (or maybe dense is the word) that sometimes I would be seriously asking and I wouldn't get an answer b/c my friends would think I was waiting to "waaah" them.

2:48 am  
Blogger zilla said...

Au contraire -- quite funny. It's just funnier in the moment than it is described. Still, I hadn't heard your exxamples before now, so they were funny!eq

3:13 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Homer - now that would definitely have been a Waah question in my book.

Laura - that's what can happen if Waahing gets out of hand. No one will answer any question because they suspect it might be a Waah.

6:59 am  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Well, it got a laff out of me!

"Whaaaa" here usually is "What?" when someone calls you.

You don't say 'What?" or "Yes?" You yell, "Whaaa?"

11:32 pm  
Anonymous Laura said...

One of those "You had to be there jokes".

Picture me, wide-eyed and 16 years old, Canadian teen visiting London on her own. Looking - I was a tourist after all - for St Paul's. Can't find it. Approach police officer - hey! they wear those funny pith helmets, just like on television!! - who takes me gently by the shoulders, turns me around, and points up.

"There, love." (Wow! They say "love", just like on television!!) "It's right there." Half a block away. To his credit, he didn't laugh - at least till I was out of earshot.

1:55 pm  

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