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Not big, not clever

Posted by Gary Martin on January 17, 2009 at 09:35

In Reply to: Not big, not clever posted by R. Berg on January 17, 2009 at 05:11:

: "It's not big and it's not clever" seems to be a British catchphrase. I'm American, and we don't see it on native soil over here. What's the origin?

I don't know the origin, but it is a stock phrase used in UK dramas where a teacher is telling off a wayward child for 'acting big'.

I sense an opportunity for an old joke here. Did this one ever reach the US?

Inflatable teacher to inflatable child in inflatable school:

"You've let me down, you've let yourself down and, worst of all, you've let the whole school down."