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Black Cavalier26 May 2012 6:57 p.m. PST

Watched the House of the Baskervilles from 2nd season of the new Sherlock recently. In it, Sherlock knows that an English scientist spent a lot of time in the US because he gives Sherlock is "cell phone" number.

What do people in England call it instead of a cell phone?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 May 2012 7:41 p.m. PST


But I want to know: what do they call an English muffin?

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member26 May 2012 8:21 p.m. PST

They don't, because the muffin can't talk!

Photonred Inactive Member26 May 2012 8:25 p.m. PST


kreoseus2 Inactive Member26 May 2012 11:57 p.m. PST


thats the belgravia episode…

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member27 May 2012 1:21 a.m. PST

Oh yes…. :-)

Personal logo Chris Rance Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2012 1:44 a.m. PST

Sorry gents, muffins and crumpets are different animals. Both bloody nice though :)

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member27 May 2012 6:22 a.m. PST

As long I can still manage to get the odd stotty cake or a helping of pease pudding I'll let all those Southerners keep their fancy foods!

Paul B27 May 2012 9:34 a.m. PST

I love muffins but I can't stand crumpets. The only thing they have going for them is all the holes that fill up with melted butter, but I can't stand the chewy texture.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2012 11:24 a.m. PST


And an "english" muffin is not a crumpet – two very different things. I would call an "english" muffin a muffin.

Martin Rapier27 May 2012 12:08 p.m. PST

We have mobile phones, or mobiles, or given the ubiquity of mobiles these days just 'phones'.

'English muffins' are called muffins, however they are different to the other kind of muffin.

Crumpets are very different. Personally I prefer them to muffins.

I prefer crumpet to either.

Dropzonetoe Fezian Inactive Member27 May 2012 1:15 p.m. PST

Isn't a crumpet a saucy lady?

Mr Pumblechook27 May 2012 3:45 p.m. PST

That is what is known as a pune, or play on words…

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2012 4:43 p.m. PST

A crumpet is a bakery item, delicious toasted with butter and jam as well if you like.

Crumpet is a collective noun for attractive women.

A bit of crumpet (or even a nice bit of crumpet) is a lady one would like to get friendly with. Very friendly. If you can suggest to her that she is a nice bit of crumpet and she giggles rather than slapping your face then the odds are in your favour (in a nutshell – every Carry On film subplot involving Barbara "Babs" Windsor").

Sane Max Inactive Member28 May 2012 3:20 a.m. PST

And let's not start on Pikelets. You can almost start a fight in Northern Parts over what a Pikelet should look like.

I don't like Crumpets and Pikelets either – it's the texture.


GeoffQRF Inactive Member28 May 2012 3:40 a.m. PST

You can't find pikelets in the south any more…

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2012 3:46 a.m. PST

Hot toasted teacakes with loads of melted butter……

Buff Orpington Inactive Member28 May 2012 12:57 p.m. PST

I like muffin crumpets and tarts.

Buff Orpington Inactive Member28 May 2012 12:58 p.m. PST

What stikes me as odd is that the Germans call mobile phones "Handies"

Last Hussar24 Jun 2012 10:12 a.m. PST

I like a nice bit of crumpet.

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