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  • I've heard it a lot in Australia, but my original love for pear shaped comes from The Thin Blue Line.

    August 7, 2008

  • My knowledge and use of the phrase is all-Australian and I've never watched The Bill.

    August 7, 2008

  • I understand the expression pear shaped, because I watched The Bill far too much, but it's not generally used in Australia.

    August 7, 2008

  • Reminds me of one of my favorite jokes.

    Q: What's green and pear shaped?

    A: A pear.

    July 31, 2008

  • I've known some pained_chairs in my life. Hell, I've sat on some of them.

    May 1, 2008

  • All right, it's true, a bear-shaped bear, or even a pear-shaped bear, is not outside the realm of reason. But a chained_pear is just plain strange, as is a pained_chair.

    May 1, 2008

  • Ohhh!

    *lightbulb flashes on over head*

    I had never heard the expression "going all pear-shaped" before. Now that I have, I understand what Terry Pratchett means when he writes about things "going all wahoonie-shaped".

    Thank you, dear Wordies, for enlightening me!

    May 1, 2008

  • I like pears better than pear shapes...

    May 1, 2008

  • Prolagus, _pear of course.

    May 1, 2008

  • Weird, c_b? It's not much different to bear shaped!

    May 1, 2008

  • OK, but... which pear?

    May 1, 2008

  • Oh. Well, thanks for explaining. *starts thinking Brits are weird*


    P.S. But what does it mean in Russian...? *wondering*

    May 1, 2008

  • No! It's a very common phrase in the UK. Meaning to go tits up - to be in a shambolic state - a state of chronic disorganization.

    What I especially liked about this quote was the distinction between something going pear shaped and merely having the potential to go pear shaped. Presumably everything has the potential - but the implication here seemed to be that the potential was greater than usual.

    May 1, 2008

  • Yarb ... wow.

    Do you suppose that phrase means something different in Russian than it does in English? *praying*

    May 1, 2008

  • I have the potential to go pear shaped.

    -Dontcry at home in front of The Mirror.

    May 1, 2008

  • The phones here are going mad. We know that tonight and tomorrow it is going to get even worse. It has the potential to go pear shaped.

    - Telephonist at Russian embassy in London, quoted in

    May 1, 2008