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Rogin the Armchair fan
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I work with a bloke who's only about 5 foot tall. This doesn't classify him as disabled, of course, but - partly because he loves to take the mick out of people as well - he doesn't half get some (good-natured) stick, of the kind that would probably be a sacking offence for the perpetrator if the "joke" was about his skin colour, or gender, or a "proper" disability.

"It's a shame your work offers dried up after Time Bandits", or "Sod off back to The Shire", that kind of thing.

It's inherent in the British culture, I think, to make cracks about people, isn't it? As long as it's understood to be good-natured? Are all the drives to "ban" good-natured humour from workplaces, therefore, actually alien to something deep-grained in our way of life? And more importantly, anyone know any other good put-downs for the vertically-challenged I can get the Arsenal-supporting cockney bastard with?

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die grosse linke Hand
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Was it Johnny Vegas or Rich Hall who put "small people" in room 101? Not dwarfs and midgets because they are funny, but people below average height.

I have met so many people who clearly do have Small Man Syndrome.

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quote:
And more importantly, anyone know any other good put-downs for the vertically-challenged I can get the Arsenal-supporting cockney bastard with?
You could always go with "That's a great shirt/suit/jacket. Do they sell it in Men's sizes?"
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and I am the life
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come on, i mean what can you say. he has a great time of it, fun, excitement and no end of work. two months of panto, 10 months of porn etc etc.

[ 10.01.2007, 21:34: Message edited by: and I am the life ]

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Posty Webber
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I reckon people generally don't like short people as much as 'normal-heighted' folk.

If Danny De Vito was 5'11", would he have been so successful as the dodge-merchant he inevitably plays?

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Posty Webber
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I mean, why tease someone about their height?

It's implying that being short is inferior to being tall.

Fuck all of you tall cunts. Come and have some if you're game.


</small man's syndrome in full effect.>

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Gas Filled Dolphin Carcass
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Ha ha ha! Settle down little man, go and play with your other little friends so you don't get hurt.

</tall man syndrome in full effect.>

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Max Payne.
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I read somewhere that 1 inch in height can make a difference of £500 a year to your salary.

I'm the tallest member of my family, in any direction, for generations. And I'm still only 5 foot bloody 9!

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TV's 'Mr P'
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In how many directions does 'tall' come?
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Femme Folle
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I have a co-worker with Little Man Syndrome. I've never had to work directly with him, but I've heard he can be quite difficult. Some people refer to him as LG behind his back, which stands for Little General.

He could just be difficult to work with because he's an arse, and not because he's short.

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Super Sharp Shooter
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So he's a short-arse?
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quote:
anyone know any other good put-downs for the vertically-challenged I can get the Arsenal-supporting cockney bastard with?
Why tease him about his height - surely there's enough material available without recourse to his verticality.
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Nathan HelenaHandcart
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The alpha-male stuff is really strong. There was a survey done of US CEOs and their average height was several inches above the national average. On a more anecdotal level, I'm struck by how big many politicians are. Brown is huge, as is Blair; it's like they rose through the ranks by the lingering fear of their colleagues that if they didn't get their way, they'd twat them.
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Alderman Barnes
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Wasn't there a statistic like that for US Presidents, where it turned out that in nearly every election, the tallest man won?
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Urban legend.
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