A Congratulations card featuring a llama with straw hanging from its mouth and its ears pointing upwards, with a speech bubble and text 'Congratulations Old Bean'
– Blank inside for your own message
– Printed in the UK on premium card stock
– Supplied with a white envelope
500 in stock
A Congratulations card featuring a llama with straw hanging from its mouth and its ears pointing upwards, with a speech bubble and text ‘Congratulations Old Bean’
The phrase ‘Old Bean’ is a British colloquialism and is probably best said with an affected upper class accent. P G Wodehouse frequently uses the expression ‘old bean’ in his novels, along with other affectionate terms between characters.
It is definitely an affectionate form of address, and probably not one that would be used between strangers. It is used between men or boys, that is by one man or boy who is addressing another man or boy. It smacks of Public Schools and tales of the Remove (what was the Remove) and it is dated and not much used any more.
It does hang on though – and those in the know believe it is a kindly reference to the noggin or noodle – in other words, to the head or the brain. And that seems right – after all, why is it old bean and old boy, if not to remove the idea of the vanity of male ego.