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Example: "You'd need money, obv."
Secret origin: Coined by Andy Nuttall of The One as a parody of natch. Used exclusively in AP by J Nash.
Note: Perhaps the last funny thing The One did. Except to reopen as a shoddy pamphlet advertising the poor-quality FREE! game on the cover the month after we marked its passing by hoping it wouldn't do exactly that.
(As a sentence.) A truth is slightly grumpily held to be self-evident.
Example: "You have to jump on their heads to kill them. Obviously."
Secret origin: Traditional. Possibly AP's use has a little more curl of the lip.
An ignored warning has brought imperilment.
Example: "Don't pause to examine the cornice - that building's about to topple! Oh no!"
Secret origin: From the wail of condemned lemmings in Lemmings.
First used: AP32.
Note: Volume can be substituted for pitch.
Oh no! My wife's going to kill me!
Self-admonition for obvious mistake. (Usually ironic.)
Example: "And I forgot to mention Universe comes on five disks. Oh no! My wife's going to kill me!"
Secret origin: Coined by Reeves and Mortimer for their popular televisual programme Big Night Out. The dog used to say it when no one else was around, usually preceded by talking in a posh voice to the audience then slipping into Cockney, smashing itself in the face, and shouting "Oh no! What am I saying! My wife..." etc. Introduced to AP by Stuart Campbell.
Note 1: Also used collectively ("Oh no! Our wives are going to kill us!") and accusatively ("Oh no! Your wife is going to kill you!").
Note 2: Later shortened to "Oh no! My wife! Etc!"
Oh no! What an internal misunderstanding!
A particularly AP-style gleeful excitement over a mistake. (Often ironic.)
Example: "Four guns spoke as one, and when the smoke had cleared, three bodies lay still. Oh no! What an internal misunderstanding!"
Secret origin: Uncertain. An amalgam of internal misunderstanding and What a hilarious misunderstanding!
Note: Like idiolect, we are trying to get this adopted by the world in general.
Once again, we win
Example: "So they sent us a special version of Super Foul Egg. Once again, we win."
Secret origin: A reversal of Once again, you lose. Adopted by Cam Winstanley.
Note: Also "Once again, I win."
Once again, you lose
(1) Powerful rebuttal of unpersuasive criticism. (2) Cheerful insolence.
Example 1: "Pointing out the large number of levels? What, like it does in paragraph two? Once again, you lose."
Example 2: "Yes, and we've just done it again. Once again, you lose. Ha ha."
Secret origin: From legendarily tasteless, bee-in-bonnet US nihilizine Answer Me! - specifically, the poem Scatological Haiku.* Adopted by Cam Winstanley.
Note 1: Outside competitive game playing, "Once again, we lose" is exceptionally rare; "Once again, I lose" practically unheard of.
Note 2: See also Once again, we win.
Or is it? Or IS it? OR IS IT?
A mountingly excited challenging of the facts.
Example: "And that's the end. Or is it? Or IS it? OR IS IT?"
Secret origin: Coined by Tim Tucker.
Note: Commonly used as a deflation joke. ("Or is it? Or IS it? OR IS IT? Not really, no" etc etc.)
Or am I lying? Or am I lying now? Or was I lying then?
A trellis of doubt is introduced.
Example: "Next ish! We review Spodland. FOR REAL. Or am I lying? Or am I lying now? Or was I lying then?"
Secret origin: Coined by J Nash, HE CLAIMS.
Note 1: All three questions must be present to supply the interdependency of irresolution.
Note 2: First person plural is also acceptable; second and third are right out, as success requires yon reader to think pickingly through your crafty dubiety crochet, matching clauses like some kind of ocular-based detective.
An off-handed dismissal.
Example: "It's vitally important, or something."
Secret origin: Unknown. Certainly pre-dates 1982. Perhaps Middle English.
Ouch, me ligaments
Distress at an injury.
Example: "CAM WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY: Ouch, me ligaments"
Secret origin: Coined by Stuart Campbell for Cam Winstanley's motorbike accident.