View Full Version : What's in a name?

Lu Zuckerman
16th Mar 2002, 04:55
I recently started a new consulting contract working on the up-grade of the Rolls Royce Tay used on the Gulfstream IV. The upgrade is the X version of the engine or the latest version. In talking to my associates at Gulfstream they referred to the upgrade as the IV X. I asked them if Rolls Royce used the same designation.

16th Mar 2002, 06:07
Lu, is the 'X' as in Roman Numerals? ... or as in 'unknown quantity'.

Kalium Chloride
16th Mar 2002, 12:19
Maybe they wouldn't give a IV X for anything else <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Lu Zuckerman
16th Mar 2002, 19:23
Since the only two responses were from the USA and Australia there is a possibility that the significance of IV X was missed. It is my understanding that Four X or, Fourex (IV X) is a brand of condom in the UK.. . . . <small>[ 16 March 2002, 15:26: Message edited by: Lu Zuckerman ]</small>

17th Mar 2002, 01:09
<img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> , XXXX (Four X) is my favourite beer in Oz. The lack of replies from the Poms does point to a "cover up" of some sort.. .. . BTW .... I gave up drinking out of condoms years ago! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />. . . . <small>[ 16 March 2002, 22:06: Message edited by: sprocket ]</small>

Send Clowns
17th Mar 2002, 06:00
Never heard of 4-x condoms. The only 4-X I know of is beer that tastes like water used for washing condoms mightbe imagined to taste. But since it was originally brewed in Aus, what do you expect?

17th Mar 2002, 21:51
I was always under the impression that beer = ale and actually had a decent flavour to it.. whereas on the other hand XXXX was a brand of lager, which tastes & smells more like urine.

Send Clowns
17th Mar 2002, 23:51
Agreed, djk, but I was using MS World English(TM) so our colonial cousins in the US, NZ and Aus, many of whom are unfortunate enough never to have tasted real beer could undertand what I was saying. I leave out Canada, as I had a very fine Canadian beer (admittedly of a lager type) on Wednesday, in a bar in Barcelona. Fin de Terre it was called, and at 9% quite a brew.

18th Mar 2002, 00:53
Here at the end of the earth, canada, I have never heard of this brand of lager. The great canadian beer search engine has not, either.. .Do you know who brews it?. .. .9%...reminds me of old oz beer, less 2.5 %. .or the legendary Moose Beer at 50% <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" />

bugg smasher
18th Mar 2002, 02:29
Moose beer at 50%?? Crikey RT, which part of the moose is that made from?

18th Mar 2002, 14:00
Well dear Send Clowns.... .I would agree with you on the part of XXXX a tasteless sh!tey beer brewed from the aliens to the north of australia, but if you think all aussie beer tastes that way then you are sadly mistaken. Now before I comment further I am a New South Welshman... not a victorian. but I would say that Carlton do produce a fine range of beers with my fav being the carlton cold... but the Tooheys new is an okay lager and the Kilkenny cream in a proper pint not our schooners is always enjoyable so anyway hooroo and to all safe skies. .FB

Hot 'n' High
18th Mar 2002, 14:24
Lu Zuckerma - I was quite concerned by your first post - about RR Tays and things. On JB????!!!! . .. .Surely you know JB is reserved for only the important things in life! In the main these are discussions on "sex", "beer" and some expanded views on "Tony Drapers' 101 ideas on how to cook Pasta in the dark whilst wearing nothing but a Wetsuit and Flippers". <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> . .. .Mind you, if given the choice, "beer" always seems to win on JB - as it has in this case. I think this proves that JB is a highly efficient "self-moderating" forum! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> Even the "condom" angle failed to "expand"! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> Was that something to do with the "beer"? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .Talking of beer, I, for one, enjoy a chilled Castle now and again -just to put the world to rights. A couple of cases a day seems to work wonders!!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" /> . .. .Toodle "Hic", H 'n' H <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />. . . . <small>[ 18 March 2002, 10:30: Message edited by: Hot 'n' High ]</small>

18th Mar 2002, 14:35
Beer in the north of Australia is called XXXX. That's only because they can't spell B-E-E-R.. .. .Tastes like s**t; but after 5 or 6 who cares what it tastes like. Start with premiums, finish on s**t. But only drive home if your last beer's a light.

hot 'n' heavy
18th Mar 2002, 14:41
Why is fourX spelled XXXX?. .. .cos queenslanders can't spell beer! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> . .. .was in Czech Republic recently , excellent beer (real Pilsner, Pilzen is aCzech city).. .and CHEAP. .. .about 75cents oz or 30p for 500ml....bargain!!

Send Clowns
18th Mar 2002, 15:30
I must confess that I have never had the fortune to visit Aus, but the Aus beers readily available here are p1sswater - XXXX and Fosters. Even worse, they are actually brewed in the UK, and we make terrible lager anyway, unless you find one made by an independent brewery (such as Samuel Smith's Organic Lager).. .. .My usual list of countries that make decent beers is England, Czech republic, Belgium and Ireland (stout only - their ale is nasty, too smooth), though exceptions occur, such as the rather decent lager '1664' brewed in France by Kronenbourg and accidentally celebrating the formation of the Royal Marines. It now looks as if I will have the chore of tasting many more nations' brews to complete the list <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> .. .. .Rollingthunder. .. .I'm afraid I can't remember the brewery, though AerBabe who recomended Canadian beer and had a bottle with me may remember more. I assume it was from Quebec, as the writing was in French and English.

Who has control?
18th Mar 2002, 16:40
Lu, . . I think you might mean 'Durex', which are a well known make of condom. Not to be confused with 'lurex'

18th Mar 2002, 20:59
You have to know the question why is XXXX called XXXX? Coz the auzzies couldnt spell **** <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" /> . .. .Yes im a pom, but im a girly too, so im afraid im a spirits person <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

19th Mar 2002, 01:45
Send Clowns:. .. .The reasob that XXXX and Fosters that you get in the UK tastes so bad is that the stuff we export is the slops after we clean out the brewery every week!! (Hence the soapy taste!). .. .All the good XXXX and Fosters we keep here at home!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" />

henry crun
19th Mar 2002, 01:58
I don't know if the same labelling exists today but many years ago sellotape was sold under the brand name Durex in Australia.. .. .This caused red faces among female staff and all sorts of confusion in UK shops and offices if visiting Ozzies went looking for sellotape.

19th Mar 2002, 02:15
and it also caused a brummie comedian some great hilarity when he chanced across a photo in a motoring magazine with a F1 car (that was sponsored by Durex.) and was in the pits with a burst tyre <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Send Clowns
19th Mar 2002, 03:21
Female gender is no excuse Lady Wafu (I never met a wafu who was a lady <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> !). AerBabe is certainly female, and more than hppy to sup a pint with me. Followed (or preceded) by spirits, of course.

19th Mar 2002, 03:35
Perhaps not 'fin de terre' but La Fin Du Monde brewed by Unibroue Inc., Chambly Québec.

Send Clowns
19th Mar 2002, 05:31
Oops, must have got the name wrong. Thanks for the correction <img border="0" title="" alt="[Embarrassed]" src="redface.gif" /> . Great beer whatever it was called.. . . . <small>[ 19 March 2002, 01:32: Message edited by: Send Clowns ]</small>

20th Mar 2002, 02:09
Lol SC <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> Thanks to some of my more alcoholic friends I've been reintroduced to beer but sorry the spirits are still my favourite <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> . .. .Im afraid I'd have to admit to LadyWafu being short for Lady(soon to be a)Wafu. I've not quite made it yet but shouldnt be too long now <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" />

Send Clowns
20th Mar 2002, 04:46
Well you might find you stop being a lady <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> ! As a Naval Officer I had to accept that I was officially not a gentleman. Now I have left I can, of course, be a gentleman.

20th Mar 2002, 04:52
Scran,. .. ."The reason that XXXX and Fosters that you get in the UK tastes so bad is that the stuff we export is the slops after we clean out the brewery every week!! (Hence the soapy taste!)". .. .So you finally found a use for soap! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />