Wodehouse on Wodehouse: You need some new catch phrases.

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“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”

-P.G. Wodehouse

You guys I think it’s time we talk about P.G. Wodehouse. Brilliant English comedic author, creator of Jeeves, and my personal idol. [I'm Carey Wodehouse, or did you not know that? I think you do.]

I’m an avid reader and fan of his work, and I’m initiating the first of a series of posts dedicated to sharing, analyzing, and celebrating his work. We’ll call it Wodehouse on Wodehouse. First order of business is giving you creeps some new catch phrases.

[Full disclosure: this list of favorite Wodehouse-isms first began as a list of potential tattoo ideas. Don't tell my mom.]

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This is blurry cause I never hold still. There were curry noodles waiting for me a block away; it can’t be helped.

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Before you go saying “Seriously?” or “Are you kidding me?” or “Whatever,” try one of these on for size. Bonus points for smoking a pipe or drinking a G&T while doing so!

  • “I say!”
  • “I can be chilled steel, you know!”
  • “What ho!”
  • “Tut!”
  • “Tinkerty-tonk!”
  • “Oh, piffle, Jeeves.”
  • “Double knobs on!”
  • “The off. The dibs. The happy cabbage. The oil of palm.”
  • “The sand in civilization’s spinach.” — an epic insult.

There’s more where this came from. Study hard, kiddies! But really, your main goal should be to always have conversations as succinct and meaningful as this one, from My Man Jeeves:

“What ho!” I said.
“What ho!” said Motty.
“What ho! What ho!”
“What ho! What ho! What ho!”
After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.

Cheerio, and happy weekending!

-C.

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3 Responses to “Wodehouse on Wodehouse: You need some new catch phrases.”

  1. January 18, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    Did you know there’s a Wodehouse Society? We have Chapters in many cities in the United States, Canada, and The Netherlands, and members from all over the world. Actually there are many Wodehouse Societies – in the UK, Russia, India, Sweden, The Netherlands, but we have a preponderance of U. S. members.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like more information. Check out our website!

    Karen
    President, The Wodehouse Society

  2. Gussie Fink-Nottle
    January 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    I’m partial to “Right ho, Jeeves”, primarily because Aunt Dahlia is one of the funniest characters in the Wodehouse catalogue, and she is featured heavily in that story.

  3. Amber
    January 22, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    This gave me a much needed laugh. I love it. What ho! I say! Double knobs on! Come to think of it I really do need some new catch phrases. Thank you.

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