Monday, February 04, 2008

French letter

Several months ago, readers of the Times debated via its letters page what defined a person as being either high or low-brow? One clever reader said that this was easy - someone who is low brow goes straight to the correspondence at the bottom right hand corner of the Times letters page reserved for "short funnies". This was of course where that letter was printed.

I raise this simply to confess that I too skip all the worthy missives from bishops and retired generals and make for the funnies. And today I was rewarded with this;

Sir, It is only right to draw attention to Miles Kington’s French Navy pun, surely the finest Franglais pun ever coined, and a worthy epitaph for the man (obituary, Feb 1 ).

The French Navy, he claimed, had adopted a new, uplifting slogan, to spur its seamen on to valour and glory in France’s hour of need. “To the water! The hour has come!”. Or, in French: “A l’eau. C’est l’heure!”

Yours etc.

That had me chuckling all the way to the car park...

2 comments:

miketually said...

I've just got it.

Hello sailor...

Aeres said...

Yep, excellent :-) (although took a while to get it myself!)

It helps to think of the English policeman from 'Allo 'Allo!