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#41 · Posted: 6 Aug 2006 17:49
The Curtis Family wrote: I like the one when he says ten thousand howling how hownds

Is that in one of the cartoons, or a Golden Press book? I remember hearing something similar before but I'm sure it isn't in the standard English books.

“Saucy tramp” has to be one of my favourites :-)
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#42 · Posted: 6 Aug 2006 18:53
I definitely heard "ten thousand howling hell-hounds" in a Belvision cartoon; I believe it was the Prisoners of the Sun film.

I've always been fond of the complete non sequitur "Fat faces!" in The Calculus Affair.

#43 · Posted: 18 Feb 2007 11:06
"Ten thousand thundering typhoons!" is very famous and I like that great insult.
#44 · Posted: 15 Mar 2007 22:49
#45 · Posted: 18 Mar 2007 14:32
My favorite has to be the short, simple, "nanny-goat", who he says to the woman on the telephone or to Iago the parrot in Castofire Emerald.
#46 · Posted: 16 Apr 2007 11:52
I like "bashi-bazouks" the best.
#47 · Posted: 28 Jan 2014 17:01
Bashi-bazouks, anacouluthons, two timing tarter twisters and dunder-headed coconuts are my favourites. I found it real fun in The Red Sea Sharks when the Captain started shouting out the curses to the slave trader on the megaphone.
#48 · Posted: 17 Feb 2017 18:51
Glad I found this site!

One of my favorite things about the Tintin books is Captain Haddock's tirades! I checked the list on this site but I think there is one missing. I remember from on the books (Crab with the Golden Claws?) that he used the word "bashibazooks" which is a real word, and sounds very Captain Haddockish. So am I mis-remembering or is the word missing from the list? (I no longer have any of the books from my childhood.)


#49 · Posted: 17 Feb 2017 23:48
Glad I found this site!

Glad you came! :-)

One of my favorite things about the Tintin books is Captain Haddock's tirades!

They are certainly unforgettable!

I checked the list on this site but I think there is one missing.

It's not missing, but it's not spelt as you are writing it: it is listed as Bashi-bazouks!
It's such a good one, and so popular, it would have been hard to miss...! ;-)
#50 · Posted: 18 Feb 2017 03:08
I love that insult too -- 'Bashi-bazouks' were mercenary soldiers from the days of the Ottoman Empire.

In the days of empire rivalry between the great powers like France, UK, Belgium, Germany and the Ottoman Empire, perhaps words like that were considered a kind of insult, expressing a kind of villainous character?

Pierre Sterckx has an excellent chapter in his book Tintin: Herge's Masterpiece about the personality of Captain Haddock, and he analyses his outbursts very closely.

Sterckx's Haddock chapter is all great fun, though the author gets lost in metaphysical, philosophical speculation at points, which can look a bit too serious. The French and Belgians love their art and their philosophy, and they sure love their Tintin!

And quite right too!

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