Ginger Meggs by Jason Chatfield

Ginger Meggs

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  1. marcusliviusdrusus

    marcusliviusdrusus said, over 3 years ago

    Is Greg really color blind or just confused? The most common form of color-blindness involves confusing red and green, rather than red and blue. Alas, poor Greg!

  2. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, over 3 years ago

    @marcusliviusdrusus

    “Bluey” is Aussie slang for redhead.
    “Ranga” is another term used here. As discussed here before it is short for OrangUtan. Our current Prime Minister is a “Ranga” (as I once was – proudly – myself).

  3. ottod

    ottod GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t you just hate it when you don’t have an English to English dictionary? Mark Twain once said something pithy about that, but it probably doesn’t translate well.

  4. marcusliviusdrusus

    marcusliviusdrusus said, over 3 years ago

    @dukedoug Thanks for the interesting information. While we’re at it, could you explain something else to me? My brother Bruce was in Australia and was asked what his name was. He responded quite truthfully, “Bruce”, which evoked the response, “No, what is your real name?” Could you please tell me what was going on? (Maybe then I could more fully appreciate the Monty Python Australian sketch.)

  5. ozkanga

    ozkanga said, over 3 years ago

    I think that the MP crew were actually the ones that created this with their ‘Bruce’ skit, although Bruce was a very common name in Australia back in the 60-70’s. Unless Barry Humphries or Barry Crocker did something involving the name that I haven’t heard – quite possible. I just reckon the MP crew were introduced to a bunch of Aussies at some stage and a number of them were possibly called Bruce – then they enhanced it somewhat (as they tend to do). Or perhaps, being from the West and not always being privvy to such things, it is an old Eastern States in-joke?

    But the ‘ginger’ bit follows on from the great tradition of calling something exactly as we see it here: like ‘Slim’ for the overweight bloke, ‘Snow’ for the jet black dog, ‘Shorty’ for the 6’5" fellow. Quite common here.

  6. K M

    K M GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I’m reminded of the typical knock on UK-US relations: Two great peoples separated by a common language…

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