The funniest radio show ever made. Transmitted by the BBC in the 1950's. Starred Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe, playing a variety of madcap characters.
You have to listen to it ... tends to provoke strong reactions, i.e. you either love it or hate it.
"He's like something off the Goon show".
1. A military rank in the German Army during the Nazi (WW II) era, roughly equivalent to Lieutenant-Colonel in other armies.
2. By derivation, a tight-assed, imperious, arrogant, autocratic bastard of a boss or manager, usually middle-ranking, who also arse-licks his superiors and denigrates his team.
"The Obersturmbannfuhrer's knocked back my request for a bigger hard drive. Bastard bastard bastard."
To meet. Based on the fact that when a particle is "observed", its wave function collapses. Therefore, when one meets another person and observes them, one "collapses their wave function", referring to Maxwell's equation for electromagnetic propagation.
"Are your interrupts enabled ?"
"Masked until after lunch.. I gotta finish this."
"No worries, I'll collapse your wave function at about 1330."
An accident, usually involving a mechnaically-propelled vehicle, which is sufficently serious to require the attendance of all emergency services; police, fire service, paramedics, tow truck, and in extreme cases a mortuary van.
The perpetrator of the incident is said to have "collected the full set".
"Sorry I'm late, some idiot in a sports car had decide to collect the full set on the exit ramp of junction 15"
When recounting a "tall story", the response "Tell it to the Marines" implies, "Go and tell your sea-story to some gullible landlubber, because no sailor will believe you".
Dates back to the before the Napoleonic wars, in the Royal Navy.
Pilot #1: "I lost the starboard engine on the base leg, but I still managed to bring it it for a perfect three-point greaser"
Pilot #2: "Tell it to the Marines"
Intentional corruption of the term "fly by wire", i.e. an aircraft who's flight control system has no physical link between the pilot's controls and the external control surfaces, relying instead on computers. A complex and malfunction-prone system, leading to a certain background amount of low-level panic amongst those required to fly such aircraft, either as crew or passengers.
"These damned die-by-wire Airbus jobs give me the Brown Trousers every time I get in one"
To overdecorate the exterior of one's place of residence with ludicrous numbers of fairy lights, inflatable santas and snowmen, flashing Santa's sleighs etc., to the point where one becomes the object of ridicule for one's neighbours and also runs up an enormous electricity bill.
"I see Jeff down the road is houseblinging again this Christmas".
"That guy by the crossroads has more lights than the Griswolds in 'Christmas Vacation', and that was houseblinging to die for."