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MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo

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I've tried giving up using innuendo several times...

...but its hard. So very, very hard...

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Re: I've tried giving up using innuendo several times...

You need to grasp the problem firmly...

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Re: I've tried giving up using innuendo several times...

And thrash it out together - some sort of mass debate

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Re: I've tried giving up using innuendo several times...

Easy to pull off.

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Re: I've tried giving up using innuendo several times...

> You need to grasp the problem firmly...

I tried that but I think it's gone completely over my head.

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Re: I've tried giving up using innuendo several times...

A colleague just asked me for an example of a double entendre so I gave him one.

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Re: I've tried giving up using innuendo several times...

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

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This doesn't sound so bad from just the El Reg story, but when you follow the link and read the original article it becomes clear what a linguistic faux pas he made.

Quite a cock-up, in fact.

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Indeed, the Microsoft article is confused. Its author appears to think that knob is a synonym for parameter.

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Indeed, the Microsoft article is confused. Its author appears to think that knob is a synonym for parameter.

An understandable mistake, given that a both words can mean something that you stick into something else to make interesting things happen.

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Micro soft knobs are very disappointing

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"both words can mean something that you stick into something else to make interesting things happen"

Something about knob inter face

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Micro soft knobs are very disappointing

So they're rather flaccid? We should feel sorry for them.

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Inquiring minds wish to know....

Will the designs for such user interfaces be known as Knobby Styles?

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Re: Inquiring minds wish to know....

Will the designs for such user interfaces be known as Knobby Styles?

More apt to be Knobby McKnobface even if it makes no sense at all... because kids these days!

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Does knob really have two meanings any more?

The problem is, if you can't use it in its primary sense to refer to a control because it can also refer to a penis, then it really now only has one meaning.

So now we have an inordinate number of words for penis but no word for a cylindrical control that can be rotated to alter the state of a machine.

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

I've never seen a door penis.

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

I've never seen a door penis.

You've never lived, then.

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

I've never seen a door penis.

Likewise, but I have seen plenty of door knockers

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

"I've never seen a door penis"

Here are several NSFW door knobs - and key holes.

That is a Pinterest page - so click "Not Now" to get rid of the login pop-up.

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

"...So now we have an inordinate number of words for penis but no word for a cylindrical control that can be rotated to alter the state of a machine..."

Dial

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/dial

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

I have seen plenty of door knockers

Ah, so that's why police break down doors with a cry of "This is a bust"

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

"So now we have an inordinate number of words for penis but no word for a cylindrical control that can be rotated to alter the state of a machine"

How about...nob?

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

How about...nob?

At least buy me a drink first

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Re: no word for a cylindrical control that can be rotated to alter the state of a machine

DJs/musicians call them 'pots'.

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

I've never seen a door penis.

I've seen a horse fly.

Oh, sorry, wrong joke.

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Re: no word for a cylindrical control that can be rotated to alter the state of a machine

DJs/musicians call them 'pots'

<pedantry>As a musician myself, I use the word 'pot' to refer to the electronic gubbins (i.e. the potentiometer) within. The plastic do-dad that provides the interface to that is something I'd still refer to as a knob.</pedantry>

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Re: <pedantry>

Fair enough, strictly speaking correct (upvote), but a lot of us do bandy the term around interchangeably, albeit incorrectly - so, I think it can be considered a half-truth or 'useful lie' in this instance.

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Re: I've never seen a door penis.

I have a wood pecker...

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

@TonyJ - "Dial"

Not really, I would say that a dial has an important measurement indication function, and may not have a control input function, e.g. a clock dial. Hence, a radio has a tuning dial (the measurement indication is important), and a volume knob.

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

"Hence, a radio has a tuning dial [...]"

And often controlled by an indirect "tuning knob". The latter usually has a geared effect for fine control.

In the wartime mechanically tuned multiband radio receivers the dial had to show many frequency ranges. The Hammarlund HRO comes to mind as unusually having a vernier dial integrated with the large diameter tuning knob. A frequency band was selected by plugging in a large modular box of appropriate tuning components. The front of that box had a graph for the operator to convert the dial vernier number to a frequency in that band.

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

"Hammarlund HRO"

Erratum: the HRO was produced by the National Radio Company. Hammarlund made a later competitor "Super Pro".

The name "HRO" :

"The design was finished in 1934 and National pushed hard to get the receiver out by the end of that year. When creating the tools for the first production run, the tool makers had to work overtime and used HOR (Hell Of a Rush) as a job number on their overtime slips. As National's marketing department didn't want their radios to become known as HORs (whores), the name was changed to HRO (Hell of a Rush Order). "

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Re: Does knob really have two meanings any more?

NASA renamed the experimental crew rescue vehicle because the acronym would be CRV-X and that sounded like a lady part.

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Re: I've never seen a door penis.

I thought that it was a splinter, Dick.

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I particularly liked...

... >>>The performance power slider controls knobs <snip> <<<

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One of Kenneth Williams's most quoted lines is in his role as Julius Caesar***.

"Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!"

***Not the Shakespearean one in the classical drama career to which he had aspired.

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"One of Kenneth Williams's most quoted lines is in his role as Julius Caesar"

My favourite line from that, aboard ship, was "Sic transit Gloria". Did they call the character Gloria just so they could use that line?

But when it comes to innuendo the whole of the Carry On series pales in comparison to Round the Horne.

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But when it comes to innuendo the whole of the Carry On series pales in comparison to Round the Horne.

Indeed, which itself was only marginally ahead of certain subjects on Just A Minute when Kenneth got himself going

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I wish I could upvote that more than once, Dr S.

I still love a bit of Round the Horne on R4 Extra.

Kenneth Williams was extraordinarily talented.

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"But when it comes to innuendo the whole of the Carry On series pales in comparison to Round the Horne."

Difficult to believe that it was broadcast on BBC radio during Sunday lunchtimes in the 1960s - the most dedicated "family listening" slot.

The innuendo must have gone over my mother's head otherwise she would not have allowed us to listen to it. As it did over my teenage head in those less informed days. We had not heard of homosexuality. Girls' were effectively in chastity belts - while boys were handy peers as A.L.Rowse mentions in his autobiography of his school days in Cornwall in the 1920s.

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The Bona World of Julian and Sandy

For the benefit of all...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4VaXsXCJ4M

Edit: My favourite is Kenneth meeting Sandy and Julian at their office "Bona Law".

K; Can you help me with a legal problem?

S&J; Sorry but we're too busy with our criminal practice!

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One of Kenneth Williams's most quoted lines is in his role as Julius Caesar

... was nicked from Take It From Here on the wireless: originality wasn't exactly a strong point of Carry On....

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"... was nicked from Take It From Here on the wireless:"

Ooerr Ron...

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"when Kenneth got himself going"

Indeed.

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re: "handy peers"

@AC

I don't know which school you went to but compared to the schools I went to in the 50's and 60's you were sadly under informed and mistaken.

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Re: The Bona World of Julian and Sandy

Supposedly the boss of the BBC dept at the time (Bill Cotton?) loved the idea of the broadcasting rude things to little old ladies who wouldn't understand them.

So whenever some earnest young producer came to him to say "that line in Julian and Sandy it means this thing homosexuals do ....." he would archly ask them "Really - how do you know ?"

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Surely

The innuendo definition is surely the UK primary definition of knob, the control panel / door fixture etc definition is the secondary one

Lots of youngsters not really used to knobs as a control on most things - buy a TV, radio etc these days and typically no volume / tuning knob

Still get knobs on some things like washing machines*, but plenty of teenagers will want to avoid the tedium of having to operate white goods when they know if their clothes / bedding etc. gets skanky enough a primary care giver will reluctantly do the washing.

* Yes I know some of the more expensive / newer ones do not have knobs, but still plenty of be-knobbed washing machines still around as (unless you are rolling in cash) you only replace a washing machine when it gives up the ghost

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"The innuendo definition is surely the UK primary definition of knob, [...]"

That must be a relatively recent change for what in my day was only a secondary usage. In the 1950s there was the expression "with knobs on" - meaning something was an embellished version of some product or story. A knob was the standard UI control on many things - particularly radios. The more knobs - the more functions it had. A "dial" was more commonly used to mean a moving display that showed a scale of something eg frequency, temperature, time.

There is also the homophone "nob" - possibly an old variant - which referred to a head or someone from the UK upper classes.

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Re: Surely

That's just because British are obsessed with sex, but because their nonsensical education, they can't use plain words to refer to is - so the need to transform every word into a sexual reference.

Drink less beer...

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