Thursday, 19 December 2013

Where BOOM! came from

I think that I may have found the inspiration behind the adoption (by a certain sort of birder) of the term BOOM! This is taken from Black Adder goes Forth and was written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton in 1989 - a full 24 years before Britain's finest birders used the word in conjunction with sending out news of a 'rare' being found.

Baldrick: "Hear the words I sing / War's a horrid thing / So I sing sing
      sing / ding-a-ling-a-ling."

George: (applauding) Oh, bravo, yes!

Edmund: Yes. Well, it started badly, it tailed off a little in the middle,
    and the less said about the end, the better. But, apart than that,
    excellent.

Baldrick: Oh, shall I do another one, then, sir?

Edmund: No -- we wouldn't want to exhaust you.

Baldrick: No, don't worry; I could go on all night.

Edmund: Not with a bayonet through your neck, you couldn't!

Baldrick: This one is called "The German Guns."

George: Oh, spiffing! Yes, let's hear that!

Baldrick: "Boom boom boom boom / Boom boom boom / BOOM BOOM, BOOM BOOM--

Edmund: "BOOM BOOM BOOM"?


I would sincerely like to thank Birding Frontiers and The Next Generation Birders for their frequent BOOMING! this autumn. It has cheered me up no end. Please carry on, but only use the word in an 'ironic' context. Maybe think up a new word for next year? Here are a few suggestions...

SHAZAM!

WOWZERS!

F*** ME!

Please feel free to use them.

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