Barney Rubble. ---was: dime

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Fri Jan 6 02:05:46 UTC 2012

But "Barney Rubble" does seem to make sense.  He's the character in the Flinststones cartoons, and from the little I remember of them, Barney was always getting into trouble.  Or do I remember it wrong?
Gerald Cohen

Original message from Victor Steinbok, Thu 1/5/2012 12:47 AM:
To me, this makes about as much sense as the following exchange in, I
believe, Oceans Eleven:
"You're in Barney."
"Say what?"
"Barney--Barney Rubble... You're in trouble. Get it?"

Or something like that...

This is no longer a singular case of "in Barney"
>     <name> pulls a bone shard out of the organ grinder and stabs him
>     for X damage, shouting "Stick that up yer Khyber, ya chav!".
>     <name> says "You're in Barney now!" and scrapes all the grease off
>     the bottom of his pie oven, then smears it on her for X damage.
> Jabba you're in Barney! Rubble! Trouble!!! (different movie reference!)
> All of you familiar with the original Getaway will be even more
> impressed with the sequel. All of you who did not enjoy the original,
> well, you're in Barney.
> ...Barney Rubble. Trouble! Fuckit.
> Lesson Learned: If you're in "barney," you're in trouble.

This hidden rhyming euphemism still makes no sense to me. But I hear
it's popular in London (at least two separate sources suggest this!).


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