In 'The Melty Man Cometh', when dealing with the subject of impotence, Susan claims never to have experienced a 'failure' with a man. Yet her partner, Steve, at exactly the same time is claiming to be a 'follower' of the melty man. So which one is lying?
- Being a follower of the melty man probably doesn't necessarily mean that it happens every time, or even often. Maybe it just happened a few times.
- Well during the dialogue, both Steve and Jeff confess their problems. Patrick asks how they ever manage to have sex and Steve replies 'We don't!' which seems to indicate it's happened more than a few times. I still suspect one or other of Steve or Susan are lying.
- Or (a) Steve was kidding about never having sex, and (b) he'd experienced "meltage" with another woman. He went out with Jane a lot longer than Susan.
- Well, Jane likewise claims that she's never experienced what the other girls would consider a faillure. Of course, considering her own definition...
- Mostly while that's plausible, it's also a very unique way to say it. It might just be a little too poetic for characters of their age, upbringing, and education.
- Thinking about what sounds logically sensible is not a good way to determine what is natural English. Linguists rely on the highly scientific principle of "native speaker intuition", which is literally asking people "does this sound right to you?". Can you actually imagine someone using the words "the size of his loneliness"? Loneliness is an abstract noun, not a concrete one, while "size" is usually used to describe a physical attribute. You might say "depth", or "extent", or "amount", but not "size".
- First, not even the mighty BBC can catch everything. Second two of those three, Tampax and Guiness, are so ubiqtious in Britain that it probably barely counts.