Thursday, August 28, 2008


I really love this story from the BBC and admire the man's persistence.

A note for any American readers: 'pants' over here does not mean trousers - it means (usually women's) underwear and is a mild term of abuse meaning inferior quality.

I would also like to note that the word 'panties' has another meaning entirely and to my mind has slightly smutty connotations, especially when applied to the underwear of an adult woman, and should not be used.


Blogger Tania Hershman said...

That is hysterical, do you really believe the Lloyds employee was fired? Hmmm....

Thu Aug 28, 01:26:00 pm  
Blogger dhamel said...

I find myself virtually incapable of saying the word (cringe) "panties."

Thu Aug 28, 01:46:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Me too, Debra (I did edit that bit out in case of the 'wrong' sort of attention but I think it's a very important point :-) so it's going back there now).

Tania: I would like to hope he left of his own free will, realising he had just too well-developed sense of humour for the banking industry.

Thu Aug 28, 01:49:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a tale, possibly apocryphal, of an employee at a bank who was helping to develop a portfolio of services for their 10,000 wealthiest customers. In order to do this he had to create a kind of 'ghost' identity for testing purposes. Unfortunately he forgot to change this, so the day came when 10,000 wealthy customers received a letter with the salutation 'Dear Rich Bastard'.

As for the underwear question, chez nous we use the term 'knickers' or occasionally 'buckinghamshires' after a line of Jo Brand's: "the underwear you want people to see is black and the size of an atom. The underwear you don't want people to see is greay, and the size of Buckinghamshire".

Thu Aug 28, 02:07:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Oz we call them underdaks....

Thu Aug 28, 02:11:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Gee, Ernest, that was me with the bank letters! Dammit, my cover's blown. What can I say except I was young and overeager:)

Yes, Buckinghamshires are far more comfortable and...

Gondal Girl 'underdaks' I like it. It has a good sensible Girl-Guide kind of sound to it.

Thu Aug 28, 03:35:00 pm  
Blogger Jud said...

That is quite amusing. When dealing with my daughter I prefer to reference her undergarments as her "unmentionables", but that is as much to amuse her as anything else.

I wear boxers (not that anyone cares to know) and have years ago quite worrying about what people may or may not think of them.

Thu Aug 28, 06:10:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Heh heh - excellent cop out, Jud. Unmentionables could cover just about anything, I reckon.

And boxers, eh...there are some males I know who claim that they do not give sufficient support, but I think that's just showing off.

But I fear I am straying into questionable territory here. Actually this is fun. Next week the subject will be bras.

Thu Aug 28, 10:49:00 pm  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Hmmm, yes, I think the Lloyds employee should have been promoted for show loyalty above and beyond the cause.

Fri Aug 29, 04:01:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Bucks resi for many (recent) years, I am turning in my wotsit at these comments!

Let me assert that a Bucks resi or homey does not indulge in grey nicks: in life or thereafter. This is not the Bucks way. The Bucks way is to be clean and fresh; never, ever grey and suspect. And Jo Brand got it wrong: may I suggest she'd never been there?

The only way a Bucks postcode would succumb to a grey "down there" is after a second "wrong" wash on nicks bought - with extreme optimism - at the local airstrip market.

Can't remember the name of the market now, but it's "buyer beware" and very definitely "fun". Best for toiletries - like shower gel - in my humble experience. And what a rocket!

Bucks rocks and lives!

Never ever grey.

You heard it here first. Go there and see for yourself...

Fri Aug 29, 10:46:00 pm  
Blogger Deborah Rey said...

Pants, knickers, undies ... what age are we living in? Words like f*** and c*** can be found anywhere and everywhere and nobody objects, and here Lloyds get their knickers in a twist over a SECRET password that uses 'pants'. Good heavens!
Had I been the one they told this to, I would have peed in my pants laughing

Sat Aug 30, 12:43:00 pm  
Blogger Susanna said...

I am going to have to dump the word pants!

Sun Aug 31, 07:55:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree, lets just dump the word pants!


Thu Sept 04, 09:21:00 pm  

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