Me: Man. You actually wrote thoughtful stuff in college…
Brian: My class presentation was described as a tour de force.
Me: Not a tour de farce?
Brian: No, that was my presentation on Laurel & Hardy.
Me: Was your presentation on fine wines a pour de force?
Brian: You’re thinking about my dermatology presentation; that was a pore de force.
Me: Maybe it was your architecture presentation… a door de force.
Brian: You know, it might have been my presentation on Feminism – I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar de force.
Me: I think it was your mythology presentation. They called it a minotaur de force.
Brian: The wind kept blowing my papers around when I was writing, so it became shut that bloody door de force.
Me: Didn’t you once write a paper called, “My trip to County Down” and have it hailed as a Bangor de force?
Brian: No, that was my article about the Cannes Film Festival, which was a Palme D’Or de force.
Me: I thought that was your Arsenal Player Expose’ that was called a Kolo Toure de Force.
Brian: Are you sure you’re not thinking about my Beatles book, Apple Corps de force?
Brian: Or my anthology about sleeping – a snore de force.
Me: Clearly, I just have to let you win.
Brian: Because I’ll always have one more de force.