Here’s a little bit of English language awesomeness that I’ve been thinking about for the last few months or so. I can’t figure out if it actually is awesome or I just misunderstood something and thought it was… you tell me.
So it happened on a podcast with the band Bring me the Horizon (English lads) and some American guy interviewing them. He asked something like “What makes your singer Oliver such a great front man” (Note* the singer wasn’t present in the interview)
One of the members replied “He drinks a lot before he goes on stage”. This is a fairly lol worthy response I think, I probably did a little lol in my he
ad at this point.
The next question was “What is your band’s biggest fault?”
To which they replied “Oliver drinks too much”.
Again, pretty funny and witty. They made some comments about how they’re biggest strength is simultaneously their biggest weakness.
At this point one of the members said “ah, its all swings and roundabouts isn’t it!”
Now this is an old English idiom which is used to describe a situation where there are as many disadvantages as there are advantages and kind of relates to the cyclic pattern of such things.
“Swings and roundabouts?” the American repeats. He doesn’t seem to understand the phrase.
Now this is the bit that I can’t figure out if its genius or not, but the band member responds: “Yeah, only good until you go too far”.
Now, that’s not at all what the saying means, but it is true of swings, roundabouts, and drinking – it’s a relevant metaphor, possibly more relevant than the actual meaning of the saying. Is the guy ridiculously quick-witted, or am I just missing something?
Also, it should be noted that Oliver did indeed get charged with urinating on a female fan who refused to have sex with him, so be sure to factor that into the equation.