He apparently spent 3 years in ‘year 10′ at Harrow and was very grateful that his English teacher taught him proper English in that time.
When he dictated a letter, speech, etc the sternographer was expected to type while he dictated and hand him the letter as soon as she finished typing. Some newbie sternos quit the first day – they were probably top civil service sternos who were seconded to Winston’s office.
I think Winston said that it took 10 minutes to prepare a two hour speech, but two hours to prepare a 10 minute speech. Of course when about to face Beeb’s microphone he wanted each word to hit hard.
Surreal humour, also called absurd humour or nonsense humour, is a form of humour based on violations of causal reasoning with events and behaviours that are logically incongruent. Constructions of surreal humour involve bizarre juxtapositions, irrational situations, and other displays and expressions of nonsense.
It’s a bit hit and miss, and quickly wears thin IMO, so I’m with Longknives on this one.
I enjoy the Mighty Boosh and their surreal humor. This isn’t up to the same standard.
If the word Winston was employed as nearly using was funny in and of itself, either due to sounding absurd or being somehow appropriate to the situation, it’d be funny. As it is, “ironed curtain” isn’t particularly amusing. So the joke is essentially “Haha, Churchill made an inconsequential mistake, hoho”. It’s about as funny as showing Winston Churchill tripping on the rug.
Yes, it’s an attempt, and not a bad attempt, just not quite a good attempt.
Reminds me rather of the (funnier) Larson cartoon of General MacArthur drafting a speech as he prepares to leave the Philippines in early 1942. He has a series of crossed out entries such as “see you later alligator”, “see you’all soon”, “I’ll be sure to write” etc. I laughed at that one …