Sunday, February 28, 2010

Armchair critic

(dedicated to Jim)

Are you an armchair critic?

An armchair is a large, comfortable chair that often forms part of a suite with a sofa.

Traditionally, in the UK, it was reserved for the 'man of the house.'

The armchair critic is not someone who criticises the quality of armchairs but sits in a chair criticising others without actually doing anything.

Britain's most famous armchair critic is Jim Royle from the comedy series - The Royle Family.

It shows a working class family from Manchester but for observers of accents, Jim is from Liverpool. He made famous the phrase, 'my arse! (bottom) - a rather crude and direct way of saying - I don't agree or most unlikely. Most of the time, the family just sit around watching TV. Much of the script was improvised but very close to real life.

Keen music fans will recognise the voice of the theme as being that of Noel Gallagher of Oasis. Oasis? My arse!