YouTube Transcription #38 Blackadder 3
This scene is from “Blackadder The Third”. It stars Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) and features Hugh Laurie (Dr House) and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid in Harry Potter). Atkinson play Blackadder, the butler to the Prince George, and Coltrane plays a scholar who is writing a dictionary.
Blackadder: Dr Johnson, Your Highness.
Prince George: Aah, Dr Johnson! Damn cold today!
Johnson: Indeed it is, sir, but a very fine one. I celebrated last night the encyclopedic implementation of my premeditated orchestration of Demotic Anglo Saxon.
Prince: No, didn’t catch any of that.
Johnson: Well I simply observed, sir, that I’m felicitous, since during the course of the penultimate solar sojourn I terminated my uninterrupted categorisation of the vocabulary of our post-Norman time.
Prince: Well I don’t know what you’re talking about but it sounds damn saucy, you lucky thing! I know some fairly liberal-minded girls but I’ve never “penultimated” any of them in the “solar sojourn”. (Next is unlcear).
Blackadder: I believe, sir, that the doctor is trying to tell you that he is happy because he has finished his book. Apparently, it has taken him ten years.
Prince: Yes, well I’m a slow reader myself.
Johnson: Here it is, sir; the very cornerstone if English scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved language.
Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
Johnson: Every single one, sir.
Blackadder: Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will not object if I also offer the doctor my most enthusiastic contrafribularities.
Blackadder: “Contrafribularites”, sir? It is a common word down our way.
Blackadder: Oh, I’m sorry, sir. I’m anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation.
Please note that the words in italics are not in the dictionary! Blackadder invented them in order to confound the scholar. Blackadder despises those who have high opinions of themselves, and makes every effort to belittle them.