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Comic #1914

1 Wendy: 'n' eight paces from the big tree. Here be it. Dig.
2 Ponsonby: This is intolerable. You can't go around giving us orders.
3 Ponsonby: What would your father, the Governor of Jamaica, say if he were here now?
4 Wendy: He be an earl. He'd be puttin' ye in yer place 'n' tellin' ye not to be talkin' back to a lady o' breedin'. Now dig!

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An earl is the British equivalent of a count. The name is an Anglo-Saxon cognate of the Scandinavian word jarl, meaning a chieftan. Interestingly, there is no feminine equivalent of the title, and the wife of an earl is called a countess.

2018-12-19 Rerun commentary: Some years later, when Governor Wenchgood returned to England, the King decided to reward him for his years of service as Governor of Jamaica. The King inducted him as a member of the Order of the British Empire, thus making him an earlOBE.[1]

[1] Joke recycled shamelessly from The Goodies.[2]

Goodie, Goodie, yum yum!

[2] Perhaps ironically, all three of The Goodies have since been awarded OBEs, Bill Oddie in 2003 for wildlife conservation and Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden in 2011 for services to light entertainment. None have been made earls, alas.

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