Post by R H Draney Post by Duggy Post by Mike Lyle
On Thu, 25 Aug 2011 06:07:39 -0700 (PDT), Duggy
Post by Jerry Friedman Post by Duggy
Australian: =A0Biscuits, bikkies.
American: Cookies if they're sweet,
Brit usage has "chocolate chip cookies", a.k.a. "Maryland cookies".
You can get a few others, but I think most Brits would visualize the
choc chip ones by default.
I think it comes from Cookie Monster. Australian kids are taught the
big choc-chip things he eats are Cookies... so the bigger and the
chipper (less and less just choc) the more likely it is to be a
cookie. In my experience.
I always just sort of assumed he'd have a different name in Commonwealthia, like
the way "Top Cat" became "Boss Cat" in the UK...Biscuit Beast or something....r
"Top Cat" became "Boss Cat" in the UK because the former was a brand
name at the time.
In the United Kingdom, the show was first aired on BBC television
(now called BBC One) but renamed Boss Cat shortly after it premiered
in 1962 because Top Cat was also the name of a brand of cat food.
The dialogue and theme tune still referred to the character by his
original name but a small cut was made in the opening credits
(resulting in a slight 'jump' in the film) and a title card added
before the episode proper. The new name was last used for a repeat
run in 1989; by the time the series was next aired in 1999 the 'Top
Cat' food brand had long since disappeared, allowing the original
title to be used.
Davis is pronounced with "-iss" and Davies with "-eez". However, some
BrE speakers people do not distinguish Davies from Davis.
The Wikip article continues:
As Welsh Conservative MP David Davies' name sounds the same as
fellow Conservative MP David Davis, a candidate in the 2005
Conservative leadership contest, confusion could occur between the
two in Westminster. Therefore, David Davies is referred to in the
House of Commons in Westminster as David T.C. Davies. This has
caused opposition MPs to refer to him in jest as Top Cat.
David Davies MP blog
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Anyone remember "Top Cat"?
The week before last presented an opportunity to ask a question to
the Prime Minister during the weekly question time session. Firing
off questions at Mr Blair in a packed House of Commons is a
potentially nerve racking experience so I made sure I had rehearsed
what I was going to say.
Unfortunately I had not bargained for the effect that my initials
would have on the government benches as the speaker called "Mr David
_T. C._ Davies". As I rose to my feet several hundred people
opposite started singing the theme tune from the cartoon series "Top
Cat." Peter Hain then performed a solo version the following week.
The kindly staff at Hansard had advised me to use the initials to
differentiate myself from David Davis MP Shadow Home Secretary and
Tory leadership contender. This seemed reasonable at the time.
However if the Labour back benchers don't get bored of the joke soon
we are going to have to think of something else.
 Hansard: the body that produces the official record of proceedings
in parliament; also the name of the parliamentary record.
Peter Duncanson, UK