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#1 2012-07-18 15:11:14

Peter Forster
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From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 827

'Sir Bastian' for 'Sebastian'

Some names seem to come complete with cultural or social class markers. Now Sebastian, unlike Marmaduke for instance, isn’t exclusively a toff’s name, but I’ve encountered only one who wasn’t. And I haven’t actually met any of the others. Perhaps that Sebastian Flyte from Brideshead helps maintain such exclusivity, with the only other literary character I can recall being S. Dangerfield, Donleavy’s Ginger Man, to provide a bit of ballast.
The name is rare enough further down the social scale to allow an eggcornish reinterpretation and while most examples of Sir Bastian/Bastion are deliberate wordplay there are a few that seem genuine.

A constituent in Cornwall, assuming his MP had been knighted, once addressed him as Sir Bastian Coe. In fact, Coe’s pedigree is half colonial …

But it might easily have been Steve Davis, Steve Ovett, Sir Bastian Coe, Kenny Dalglish etc). These were the sporting reference points for …

And, as Sir Bastion Coe pointed out, there will be fewer people in London during the Olympics than there are during any given February.

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#2 2012-07-19 14:11:20

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1172

Re: 'Sir Bastian' for 'Sebastian'

A mere knighthood seems so inadequate for someone of Coe’s stature.

It still like to see some sort of celebration when Saint bastion Coe and the bid team arrive back in London.
London games

I presume the pronunciation was like the St. in St. John, aka Sɘnjɘn.

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#3 2012-07-27 13:59:14

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 942

Re: 'Sir Bastian' for 'Sebastian'

Sir Bastion makes a round trip and comes back in Lehman’s terms. You know, that biblical story of the last Sebastian.

The responsibility to stop driving is a personal one that I understand is the last Sebastian of ones independence
Behind the Wheel ebook

Should you be right, America will prosper… should you be wrong, the last sebastian of freedom will be lost Forever! :(
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To think hodi is boring is upsurd he’s a one piece addition of bobby seale. Right now he’s the last Sebastian of rebellion on fishman island.
Manga discussion, Chapter 616

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#4 2012-07-28 11:18:16

Peter Forster
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From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 827

Re: 'Sir Bastian' for 'Sebastian'

‘The Last Sebastian’ is an instant classic – I will no longer be able to use the word bastion without evoking that perforated saint and his tree.

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