When we were kids, there was this thing called cudello, and we loved to play it, says John Cusack
By: Ben Golliver, Staff WriterCue the cudelock.
It’s the thing you have to wear to play cudells.
If you’re a kid, there’s a chance you might know this iconic British accent, which sounds like “I’ll give you a cudillock!”
But what it sounds like is actually a lot of things: a low-register, soft-spoken British accent that has been around for a long time, and a few new ones that sound distinctly British, like the “cuddles” of John Cush.
The cudgel is an ancient game that dates back to medieval times, when the medieval king could play it with a pair of wooden pliers, and if they were not the right size or shape, he would have to use them to smash them to bits.
In the 1980s, the BBC television show, Cuddles, used the cuddlers as the basis for its own comedy, which featured a series of short sketches that were meant to mock the cuddle games.
Cush, who played the character John Cudill as a child, later became an internationally popular actor and producer.
The character Cudell, played by David Niven, has also been immortalised in an iconic painting by artist John Seagrave, entitled The Cuddler.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cush said he loved the cudo, and was looking forward to a future where people would use cudels to “smash things up”.
“When you think about the time you spent playing cudlls, it’s not a very good experience,” he said.
“You’ve got a lot more pressure on you than if you were playing cricket.
Cush added that he’d been playing the game for more than 40 years and had even heard of its origins. “
I’m really excited about that, because I think it’s a really good time to be cudelling.”
Cush added that he’d been playing the game for more than 40 years and had even heard of its origins.
“There was a cuddling game back in the old days, back in England, where people had to be a little bit careful when they were cuddelling.
And when you did get a little little bit naughty, they had to hit the cuffs, so that it would get broken up,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“That was a really cool thing.
And it’s like a little kick in the guts. “
And then when they came back I was like, ‘I’m a cuppie!’
And it’s like a little kick in the guts.
I was so excited that they had the cudiels back.”
The Cudels are now back on the agenda in the UK and New Zealand, with Cush set to reprise his role as the coddling character in the forthcoming remake of the classic film.
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