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"Chimp in a deerstalker"

A few weeks ago on this episode of The Chronic Rift podcast I discussed Sherlock Holmes with drewshi, Andrea K. Lipinski, and Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell series. In it I established myself as someone who enjoys even the worst incarnations of the Great Detective (cough * the musicals * cough). Andrea said she that on the next review podcast she would talk about something Holmesian that was truly terrible.

I e-mailed Andrea asking what it was. She described it: a DVD collection of Sherlock Holmes-related short films and cartoons, none of which were entertaining or funny. She offered it to me, and, based on her description, I turned down the offer.

On that next episode Andrea, as promised, talked about the collection, saying that what she hated the most was the short that featured chimps dressed up like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters. When Andrea said that there were positive reviews of this collection on Amazon.com, John joked that I must have written one of them. Andrea then told the story of how even I rejected this collection.

Which leads to: Chimp in a deerstalker. I hereby coin this phrase. Definition: an example of something so lacking in quality or merit that even the most ardent admirers of its kind despise it.

Example: "I love Star Trek, The Animated Series, Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, and even certain aspects of Voyager. But Enterprise was a chimp in a deerstalker."

You can hear my voicemail about this and the actual first public use of the phrase on this week’s Chronic Rift podcast. Thank you, Andrea (“Oh, great. . .” I can hear her moan) for the inspiration.

So there you have it. Chimp in a deerstalker. It'll be Newsweek's "Phrase of 2010."

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tiggerallyn
Dec. 2nd, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Chimp in a deerstalker. I hereby coin this phrase. Definition: an example of something so lacking in quality or merit that even the most ardent admirers of its kind despise it.

Don't go dissing Detective Chimp!
kevinlauderdale
Dec. 2nd, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Perhaps I should add the legal disclaimer: "Not associated with Detective Chimp (tm)." I didn't know this . . . um, fellow existed. He actually looks pretty cool.
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