A local man has claimed that calling someone “pal” should be the new “champ” of putdowns. Chris Jones claims that “champ” has become overdone, so it’s time to move on with a totally new way of dismissing another human being.

Speaking to The Watsonia Bugle about his theory, Jones said, “I think it’s time to move on from ‘champ’. It was great while it lasted, but I think it’s run its course now. And of all the replacement options, ‘pal’ has to be it. It’s equally dismissive, more than a little condescending, and still offers ample opportunity for a bit of petty one-upmanship.”

Jones also claimed that he’d been slowly working it into conversations with friends in an attempt to get the phrase into the wider lingo of the people. He said, “Yeah pal, I’ve been sneaking it in here and there, just to test the waters initially, and then in the hope of starting something much more widespread. So far, the testing has been promising, and I’ll be continuing to push it out there.”