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Secret origin: Unknown. Certainly pre-dates 1982.
First used: AP33 (poss before)
Note 1: We thought it was obvious, but for six months we had letters asking what natch stood for or offering ludicrous suggestions. Thus was a minor bit of friendly shorthand elevated to the hallowed status of AP Joke.
Note 2: See also Obv.
Example: "The box says it is an interactive ('Game' - Ed). Ng."
Secret origin: Coined by Jonathan Davies.
Note: Like the two Rubik Cubes, JD's "Ng" was thought up independently of Stephen Fry's, which is a sort of non-verbal expression of agreement.
Bland and inoffensive.
Example: "It's a nice game."
Secret origin: Traditional.
Note: Finally banned during the Jonathan Davies Era.
- no! - But yes! -
Example 1: "You do this by - no! But yes! - jumping on their heads."
Note: Always used parenthetically.
No, hang on
(Imperative.) An error has come to light, so prevail from continuing.
Example: "Batman Forever, more like. No, hang on."
Note 1: It is never an exclamation.
Note 2: See also (Hang on - "X"? - Ed).
Something is turned on.
Example:"Switch on the lights? Certainly! Node activated."
Secret origin: From the activation of nodes in The Chaos Engine.
Note 1: A precursor to 'jack' into 'the matrix', though not restricted to electrical commencements.
Note 2: No one knows what a node is.
No one tells AMIGA POWER what to do
Example: "Never use my special tea cup again." "Mmm, lovely tea. No one tells AMIGA POWER what to do."
Note: Used only for trivialities. (Meaningful disobedience came in elaborate plots.)
(1) Sarcastic counterpoint. (2) Stressing sincerity in uncommon revelation. (3) Stressing sincerity in opinion (rare).
Example 1: "We all respected him. No, really."
Example 2:"There are 12 disks and it doesn't recognise a second disk drive. No, really."
Example 3: "We all respected him. No, really."
Secret origin: Used incessantly about the AP office by Mark Ramshaw. Brought into the mag by Tim Norris.