♔We are the Most Ancient, Puissant and Honourable Society of Silly Old Duffers, or Society of Silly Old Duffers for more practical purposes♔Read The Ancient Tenets Here Chaps!!!!
Established June 22, 2009
in this forum and created and founded by
La♔De♔ Da♔Brigadier Graham, Arch♔Duffer
Lance-Corporal Jones, Arch♔Duffer
Our commitment is to promote meaningful contributions to TWC through the support of but not limited to modders,artists, artisans, , writers, skilled debators, and any members attempting to improve the TWC experience for others.
We are also committed to honourable and polite behaviour,
Our methods include remaining faithful to the Principles of Dufferism by talking, acting, thinking like, and otherwise being silly old duffers.
Our main goal in life is to harvest as much reppage as possible before we pop our clogs!
Members of all ages may join so long as they adhere to this sacred rule!
Here are some very useful GUIDELINES for all aspiring duffers, and all sorts of different S♔O♔D's!
Upper-class twit: Replace "a" with "e" as in thet men be demmed! Use preposterous exclamations such as "gadzooks" or "odd's life" "Lud!" "La!" "Begad!" "M'dear" or "s'faith". Throw in a few foreign words for good measure. Is often spotted with golf clubs and the smell of champagne cocktails on his breath.
War veteran (low class): Repeat oneself often, misspell a few words, tell about exploits in India or the Sudan. Discretely use cockney slang mixed with words far above his usual vocabulary. "Crikey" and "cor blimey" frequent, as well as abundant use of diminutives. This duffer's drink is stout.
♔War veteran♔ (high class): Boisterous boastfulness, abundantly provided with "don't you know"s and "what"s. Shares the latter's taste for talking about his exploits, though this one invariably knew lord Kitchener, Lawrence of Arabia, or even Clive of India. Throws in abundant Urdu vocabulary, saying "khazi" for toilet, "pani" for water, &c. Drinks G&T, Pink gin, or such.
♔Grumpy duffer♔: Severe and reprimanding, abundant use of "I like the cut of your gib" and constant referrals to horsewhipping and "young rapscallion". This duffer is constantly complaining and reminding everyone of how things were better in his day. Drinks whiskey or sherry, according to the time of the day.
♔Mild-mannered duffer♔: A harmless silly old duffer, extremely careful in his manners and not really aware of what's going on. His weak bladder often forces him to be excused from the company of his fellow duffers. This duffer doesn't engage in boisterous duffer language, but rather in archaically polite formulae such as "your obedient servant" and the like. Drinks sherry or other such fortified wines.
♔Scottish old duffer♔: The Scottish old duffer has the worst temper of all, and he speaks like a character out of one of Walter Scott's books. He is eloquent and cannae help tellin aboot th'teim when th'wind was blooin and there was nae a soul in seight and such tales of Scottish superstition. The Scottish old duffer cannae refuse whiskey, especially if it's real Scotch.
♔READ -- TO MOVE UP IN RANK♔
Any junior member wishing to attain the rank of senior member must attain a certain level of Dufferism and the criteria are very simple! A senior member, or Senex♔Stultus♔Magnus, is awarded with a custom banner with his very own avatar flanked by the Order of the Garter, and gains the right to participate in the more important decisions of S♔O♔D!
1.junior members must submit a certain amount of dufferesque writings in any forum, viz., 10 long posts (at least 2 paragraphs) or 20 short ones (a few sentences).
Content and dufferisms to be will be awarded based on merit, jocular, postings, are strongly encouraged as is sarcasm,pathos and whit, however one must remain, calm& polite to a fault.at all times even when assailed by members of a 'non duffer persuasion."
Dufferesque content is not required in every posting you make,although it is advised that you use the general guidelines from this Membership society to attain maximum Dufferesque habits, for the use in any situation one may find ones self in!
The use of "You Have Been Weighed, Measured,and found thoroughly wanting"
Should only be used by Junior member if they think that they have garnered enough experience in matters arising or pertaining to the basic and ancient tenets of S♔O♔D.
Or if the Junior member feels confident to lay down the gauntlet and offer a challenge to any forum member that may have incurred you ire or scorn!
Similarly the use of
"I once new a very rum character who hailed from(place location here) who imagined that he had attained a modicum of wit, however when I pointed out to the buffoon he only ever attained half of it it seems "
Is encouraged also and usually at the end of your summation, in closing!
Furthermore, the S♔O♔D Contest thread may be freely used by aspiring duffers to test their mettle and be judged by the Arch♔Duffers themselves! http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=272140
2, Jr members who wish to advance more rapidly to the Senior level rank may wish to do so, by the ability of recruiting five new members to S♔O♔D.
3, This most certainly is a prestige group however any body can become an arch♔Duffer, considering that he already is a senior member, if
a, A member of the Arch Duffers "pops his clogs"
b, A member of the Arch Duffers leaves or retires his post, in which case any aspirant who wishes to attain the hallowed status of Arch duffer, will be will be subject to a vote, in which Dufferesque posts and amount of new members they have recruited to S♔O♔D. will be given fair consideration! As will amount of interest, activity and willingness to extol the Virtues of the Arch-Duffers position in the Society and in TWC fori.
SOWING DISCORD BETWEEN MEMBERS
Sowing discord between members is STRICTLY PROHIBITED as conducive to the worst disorders of the civil body, which is the club. Members should always settle matters in a civil fashion; furthermore, let it be reminded that
Members of different rank may not call each other out.
If it should happen that a member of lower rank is offended by one of higher rank, an Arch♔duffer or Magnus should step in for him and defend him.
Furthermore, whereas a member may leave the club at his own discretion, it is not for him to decide if he is readmitted.
For disruptive behaviour in the club, ungentlemanly conduct and anti-dufferly actions, a member may be DRUMMED OUT of the club dishonourably. As a reminder, this is a time-honoured tradition in Britain, as you shall presently see.
A dismissed soldier might be subjected to the public degradation of being drummed out of the service. In 1649 five mutinous troopers in the New Model Army were told: ‘You shall ride with your faces towards the horse tails before the heads of your several regiments, with your faults written on your breasts, and your swords broken over your heads’. In later centuries a soldier, badges and buttons ripped off, might be marched through barracks or garrison behind the drums and then physically kicked out of the gates. In the British and US armies the ‘Rogues' March’ was the traditional accompaniment to this humiliating ritual.Meaning
Dismissed from army service to the sound of a drum.
The phrase 'drummed out' is most often used in relation to the, now outmoded, military practice of dismissing disgraced soldiers to the sound of drums. This drew attention to their plight and acted as a warning to others. The earliest reference to 'drumming out' comes in a figurative use of the phrase, in Thomas Amory's The life of John Buncle, 1766:
"They ought to be drummed out of society."
Soon after that comes a piece from The Edinburgh Advertiser, (June 1776), which refers to a literal 'drumming out', i.e. with drums:
"Included was a letter to me in very extraordinary language, and a summons to deliver up the town: the messenger was sent to prison for a few days, and drummed out."
The earliest specific reference to drumming out in a military scenario is Lord Thomas Macaulay's Critical and miscellaneous essays, 1829:
"Another is drummed out of a regiment."
These days we hear little of people being drummed out, apart from in the corny joke 'He was drummed out of the Mafia for cruelty'.♔