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Barney Fife - a question.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Ignatius, Dec 12, 2007.

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  1. Ignatius

    Ignatius Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 29, 2004
    Why the heck does Barney affectionately call Andy "Ange"? Have you ever noticed this? I've known a few Andys in my day, but I've never known anyone to call them "Ange".

    It's almost as if Barney is using a shortened version of "Angie".

    Should we be concerned about this?

  2. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    I always assumed that it was his abbreviation of "Andy". Barney had his personality ticks. Unloaded gun/one bullet in the shirt pocket.......the man had issues.

  3. bender-freak

    bender-freak Friend of Leo's

    one bullet...????

    was all Andy would let him have.......:lol:

  4. Brutalblues

    Brutalblues Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 30, 2003
    @The Shore! NJ, USA
    Just a guess, maybe Andy Griffith = "AnG"
    Mebee not....:oops:

  5. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    Thats kinda bugged me too.

  6. dhdfoster

    dhdfoster Tele-Holic

    Apr 28, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Wasn't his character Andy Taylor? Now, Ernest T. had some issues!

  7. electricbody

    electricbody Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 19, 2007
    South Louisiana
    Yep, Sheriff Taylor. So much for the Andy G theory.

  8. garytelecastor

    garytelecastor Poster Extraordinaire

    Andy used to call barney barn

    The boy's and girl's name Angy \a-ngy, an-gy\ is a variant of Angel.

    The baby name Angy sounds like Ange, Angie, Inge and Ingo. Other similar baby names are Algy, Andy and Augy.

    Angy is a very rare male first name and a very rare surname (source: 1990 U.S. Census). Displayed below is the baby name popularity trend for the boy's name Angy. Click here to compare Angy with related baby names.

  9. TeleConvert

    TeleConvert Tele-Holic

    Nov 27, 2006

  10. Pete Galati

    Pete Galati R.I.P.

    Mar 25, 2006
    It might just be something that Don Knotts came up with, and they started writing it in.

    Barney Fife was pretty cool, even though he was a really awkward character. That show probably owes it's popularity to Don Knotts more than anyone, Not that the others didn't do what they did really well. Floyd was great too.

  11. Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 7, 2007
    Yes. Deeply.

  12. shades

    shades Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 3, 2006
    That was a great TV show, small town America at its best.
    I'm glad the re-runs are still on.

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  13. Ignatius

    Ignatius Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 29, 2004
    See? It ain't just me.

  14. Ignatius

    Ignatius Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 29, 2004

    Floyd was on a whole different plane of creativity and consciousness. To me, "Floyd" isn't so much a person or a character - it's really a philosophy...or even an entity in itself.

    I always thought it was cool how he stayed on the show after his stroke. His manner changed a bit, and I almost think he was funnier in that phase.

    In the 80's I had a bright pink t-shirt with his likeness on it - Pink Floyd. I loved it.

  15. superchicken_VI

    superchicken_VI Friend of Leo's

    Aug 16, 2007
    Monroe, NC
    If you say the two-syllable name "Andrew", most people say something that sounds like "Anjrew". As an Andrew, I've heard this my entire life. My guess is that Barn was making one syllable out of Andrew, hence Anj. Andy is still two syllables, so not much less work to say as far as nick-names go.

  16. Reno Sepulveda

    Reno Sepulveda Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 16, 2003
    Nowhere man
    I don't think he ever said "Anj". I think it was simply "And" short for Andy.
    "It ain't an honor to be on TV and it ain't a duty eirther
    The only good thing about TV is shows like Leave It To Beaver
    Shows with love and affection like mama used to say
    A little Mayberry livin' goes a long long way"
    Neil Young

  17. jlrich

    jlrich Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2004
    Marion, NC
    "Ange" was Barney's nickname for Andy, kinda of a term of endearment.

    With the exception of the bumbling, Barney's size and excitement always reminds me of my dad. My dad, when he was younger, was always hyper and wirey.

  18. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    As a kid growing up in the 60s, I just thought his character was so funny. Somehow his humor spoke to all ages. How rare that is. He allowed us kids to see the humor behind ego and self-importance in a way that maybe we couldn't see anywhere else. Maybe Mark Twain.

    I've read that CBS did not like its image as a the network of hick shows (Mayberry, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies--aren't these all CBS?). So, at the height of some of these shows' popularity, these ditched some. I'm not sure which ones. I think Mayberry hung around for a while as Opie grew up. Not sure about the others.

    Andy Griffith and I shared the same illness. We both were affilcited with the Guillain-Barre Syndrome. One's autoimmune system attacks the nerve sheaths. It is more or less temporary, but hell to go through. This happened to him when he played the lawyer on TV (Matlock?).

  19. RevMike

    RevMike Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Growing up in NC, my best friend was (is still) named Andy. I called him Ange as well. Prob'ly cuz Barney did.

    Ah, the good ol' days.....goin' down to the fillin' station for a bottle o' pop....

  20. toadman

    toadman Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 5, 2007
    don't be too concerned about the "ang" thing. on the other hand...erotic dreams about Aunt Bea would be something to worry about!

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