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I am the proud holder of the rank of (I think) Knight Commander of the Order of the PN. So there.

There are designer everythings, so I'm sure there must be designer cheeses. If not, this is perhaps the moment to jump in and make some money.

(Some years ago, a clever not-quite-crook in France succeeded in marketing "vintage" foie gras to silly snobbish rich people. The idea was that there were good years and less good, and years with this flavour or that, in other words a whole apparatus of connoisseur know-how akin to knowledge of wines. It was all the rage for some years, and I seem to recall that even Président Mitterand fell for it. In fact, the foie gras was bought on the wholesale market from Poland and had nothing special about it at all. The "designer" was caught and that put an end to it.)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 03:49:22 PM EST
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From a PN point of view, there is a difference between 'designer' and 'designed'. Designer as an adjective implies that some ponce has added a label and bumped up the price. Designed, on the other hand, means refined in some way in order to improve.

And indeed 'designing' as an adjective applied to a person implies selfish scheming. The Great Designer, of course, is god, who is more into shellfish scheming.

No doubt other PNers will be able to dissect these points ad nauseum which literally means totally sick of marketing.

BTW Afew is indeed a KC and entitled to be addressed as Me Duck, and to receive a large Melton Mowbray pork pie from the Crown each Easter under a statute from 1706.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 04:24:58 PM EST
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As long as the pork pie doesn't date from 1706 (vintage?), and is accompanied by a nice piece of Stilton, His Duckship will graciously deign to accept the Crown's gift.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 04:35:29 PM EST
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