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    Matt Fraction recently visited Leeds for Thought Bubble. (No, apparently not, my mistake) And it appears took a little of the lingo back with him in today's Fantastic Four #3.

    "Pear-shaped" is British slang for something going wrong, no longer a circle - when you are looking at a European pear, anyway. Which, in Europe, we do all the time.

    Wikipedia states that Margaret Thatcher used the term when talking to Ronald Reagan but a) it doesn't sound like her at all and b) outside if Wikipedia I've found no evidence that this is true.

    But where did Mr Fantastic pick up the expression?



    And hell, where did Ben Grimm? Too many late night sessions watching Peep Show? Will Reed start referring to his wife as Big Suze?

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    It's not that uncommon in the States. It's known at least.

    Alt answer: In WWII before that got retconned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt D View Post
    It's not that uncommon in the States. It's known at least.

    Alt answer: In WWII before that got retconned.
    Yeah, I've heard this turn of phrase plenty of times and I can't say as I've ever been to England.

    If we have to explain it, Ben seems like the kind of guy who might partake in the occasional British sitcom (The Office, Spaced). Let's just say he picked originated from him.

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    Yeah, I wouldn't consider it British slang at all. I'm American and I've heard it plenty of times. It's a colloquialism.

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    Ditto, ditto. I didn't know it was from Britain, though. Ya learn something new every day.

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    I've heard the term "pear-shaped" used plenty of times.

    Sorry - I've heard the term "pear-shaped" used plenty of times, y'all.

    Also - "And hell, where did Ben Grimm?" Where did Ben Grimm what?

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    Wait, Matt Fraction was at Thought Bubble? I missed that.

    I know David Aja was supposed to be there but couldn't make it, didn't hear/see anything about Fraction though.

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    I'm going to have to join the chorus here... we have that phrase over here too. Matt Fraction is not a witch.

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    Fraction was at Dublin Con rather than Thought Bubble.

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    I'm from dear old Blighty and I wouldnt have thought 'hey thats an english expression' when i read it tomorrow. Never thought about it tbh

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