Sunday, 24 August 2008

Word

I own the word ‘Numklefutumch’!

It originated from The Young Ones, the brilliant 1980s British comedy series led by Rick Mayall and Adrian Edmonson, Nigel Planer and Christopher Ryan and even featuring the occasional burst of Alexi Sayle. There’s a scene in the episode 'Boring' where two of Satan’s little helpers have an argument: one’s called Orgo and one’s called Numklefutumch. Numklefutumch has a problem because, as a little devil, nobody ever says his name, so he’s never called to earth to do evil, while Orgo is always getting stuff because people say ‘shall we go to eat out or go to the cinema tonight?’

At that point, Neil The Hippy tries to read something in the newspaper and pronounces it “Numklefutumch”, calling our little devil to earth in order to get up to some naughtiness.

So it’s word that, oddly, stayed with me. I started using it in the phrase, ‘faster than you can say Numklefutumch’.

And now, thanks to the strange dynamics of the Internet and search, if you google it, all you get is me.

I shall die a happy man... Odd, marginal and perhaps irrelevant, maybe, but happy nonetheless.

Footnote: As you will see from the comments, I screwed up faster than you can say "nmkl pjkl ftmch"... :)

11 comments:

Mars said...

how do you pronounce it?

alexander... said...

Precisely like you say it...

Num Kull Phut Um tch

:)

sea life said...

what a funny name :)

sabaza said...

How do you know that's the right way to spell it?

sabaza said...

http://www.ulrikchristensen.dk/scripts/youngones/boring.htm

Sorry to burst your bubble :p ....

Ftumch is the guy's name....

Nmkl Pjkl Ftmch is what Rick tries to say! Enjoy (I have a feeling I won't enjoy your retort)...

alexander... said...

FTUMCH: Well at least you're in wiv a chance, I mean, someone might say, "Shall we go to the theatre, OR GO to cinema?" Or they might say, "Shall we go shopping, OR GO--" brbrbrbrbrbrb! But no one ever says my name. No one ever says Ftumch. Why couldn't I be called William?

alexander... said...

RICK: Hey, listen to this! Under the new ruling, all a student needs to qualify for an increased grant is a "nmkl pjkl ftmch," from the local authority.

NEIL: What was that, Rick?

RICK: A "nmkl pjkl ftmch". Don't you ever read the Guardian, Neil?

NEIL: What's a "ftmch"?

[The demon FTUMCH appears. No one appears to see him.]

alexander... said...

Which just goes to show how dangerous it is going on your memory when you post stuff up on t'Internet, doesn't it?

I do indeed own the word "Numklefutumch" because it would appear I have made it up and it refers to nothing whatsoever, means nothing to anyone and is of absolutely no value at all.

The words nmkl pjkl ftmch don't point here at all...

*sigh*

sabaza said...

They do now!!! 1 of 4 search results on google!

alexander... said...

Yes, I'm working on ownership as we speak!

Bwaaa haaa haaa! One day nmkl pjkl ftmch will be mine too!!!

Bwaa haa haa!

alexander... said...

AS of today, a Google search for the immortal words "Nmkl Pjkl Ftmch" lead you directly to this blog.

So now it is MIIINNNE!!!!

Bwaaaa haaa haaa!!!

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