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Old buffer

An "old buffer" is...?

Memory storage which needs to be refreshed
19(22.4%)
A retired Chief Petty Officer from the British navy
9(10.6%)
A foolish old man
40(47.1%)
An unfamiliar phrase
12(14.1%)
Something else which will be explained in a comment.
5(5.9%)

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frandowdsofa
Dec. 21st, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'd have gone with the old man definition, except he's not necessarily foolish. There's an aura of Chap and ex-military about him. Don Quixote is one, a lot of characters played by Wilfred Hyde-White, James Robertson Justice, and every so often Alec Guinness. Those two elderly Englishmen that are always in train carriages muttering about the cricket while murder and armed rebellion go on over their heads. Colonel Blimp, Falstaff, Lord Emsworth. A sense of time and potential past.
khalinche
Dec. 21st, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Lord Emsworth is a perfect example.
steepholm
Dec. 21st, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
I second all this.
the_alchemist
Dec. 21st, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
In that case, how does an old buffer differ from an old duffer?
owlfish
Dec. 21st, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I would like to know this too!
non_trivial
Dec. 22nd, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
I would have said the two were synonymous.