Barney Rubble. ---was: dime

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Jan 6 15:57:13 UTC 2012

Not necessarily related, but I recall (perhaps inaccurately) the the Valley-talking girls in the motion picture _Clueless_ (1995) referred to unattractive males generically as Barneys.


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Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 10:27 AM

At 1/5/2012 09:48 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>You might remember it better than I do, but I thought of Barney as a
>simpleton, unaware of his surroundings, but it was always Fred who got
>in trouble. It was never high on my watch-list, so I may be missing the
>finer points.

If there were any finer points to miss, I missed them.  (The only one
may be the takeoff on Kramden and Norton.)  But Victor has the
characterizations right, I think.

While Fred initiated the trouble, Barney generally was sucked in.  So
"you're in Rubble trouble" may mean "you're in a mess that your
witlessness and gullibility got you into."


>     VS-)
>On 1/5/2012 9:05 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
>>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...

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