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Were earphones ever called "ear muffs" in England?

otacon

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"My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs! "
-James Bond

To me, this is either A) an insult, or B) (and what makes more sense to me) a compliment.

To be a compliment though, "earmuffs" would have to be earphones. I figured this was a colloquialism. The cans back then did look rather like ear muffs. But everywhere I'm reading, for the most part, thinks he literally meant earmuffs, which throws off the analogy to me but makes it an insult. I think it's stretching it to say he'd talk about one really good thing and how to best experience it and then something he thinks is really bad and how to avoid experiencing it. OF course, I'm probably wrong, and Connery was bashing the Beatles.
 

lbcgav

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I don't think so. I'm pretty sure it was meant as an insult to their music.
 

Don Carlos

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He was bashing the Beatles.

You are overthinking this.
 

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