Talk:Dennis the Menace
The useful content of the /whacking page (as opposed to the tongue-in-cheek content) has been removed to the main page.
Please, we musn't let Wikipedia slide into an Everything2-style humor project. It isn't one. It's an encyclopedia project. --LMS
I put the whacking page in there as an explanatory note. From my reading of US literature it is my understanding that "whacking" means something entirely different in the US than it does in the UK. For UK readers of course it just clutters the text who already know what it means. Phil Lord
That makes sense to me. --LMS
The fact that this is a "Britishism" just turned on a light for me. In The Beatles song, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," there is a background commentary vocal line that goes, "in his life there's something lacking. What he needs is a damn good whacking." This, in American English would simply refer to a good old-fashioned spanking. Though the implication of the line is not really changed by that understanding, it is interesting to note that a common and specific term is being used, not just something colorful to rhyme with "lacking." I am, no doubt, the only person on the planet who cares about this... -- Isn't the line from "Piggies" instead?
It is from "Piggies," courtesy George Harrison, inspiration to colorful figures like Charles Manson. :-) --KQ
- Whacking refers to corporal punishment, perhaps spanking, in the Piggies song. I am not sure what a /whacking page is in Wikipedia terms. Otherwise, typically, Whacking is used as an adverb in UK slang to imply a large amount of to another adverb. It also can be synonymous with wanking. Group29 (talk) 18:38, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
Dennis the Menace vs Dennis and Gnasher
Realistically, the UK version was called Dennis the Manace (UK), not Dennis and Gnasher (although it may have been later renamed) and debued in 1951 a few days after Ketchum's strip. There really is no connection between the two and the UK version should probably be on it's own page.
- In the 1990's, it was also sometimes called Dennis the Menace and Gnasher boffy_b 20:40, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
I have noticed that the first film and TV series based on the US character was originally titled Dennis in the UK to avoid confusion with the Beano character but in the mid 2000s I noticed the title Dennis the Menace on the DVD release of the US TV series. On Amazon Prime Video the first film is now released as Dennis the Menace and the title is visible from the UK although I am not aware of any trademark disputes over this. This might be because the Beano comic strip is usually published nowadays as Dennis the Menace and Gnasher. Tk420 (talk) 19:46, 8 June 2018 (UTC)