Nice bit of crumpet

In the UK, "crumpet" has been used since the 1930s as a slang term for a woman regarded as physically attractive, possibly as cockney rhyming slang for strumpet. Muffin had been used in a similar context since the mid-19th Century, so it may simply be again linkage between these totally dissimilar foodstuffs. Whatever, while we don’t want this site to be polluted by smut, we felt that it would be inappropriate not to have a quick homage to some of our most admirable British crumpet:

Thinking man’s crumpet

Joan Bakewell

The original Thinking Man's Crumpet

Humorist Frank Muir dubbed Joan Bakewell as "the thinking man's crumpet" following her appearances in high-brow television discussion programmes such as BBC2's Late Night Line-Up, and the term has subsequently been used to refer to other women who are intelligent and good looking.

Following on from this, the phrase “thinking women’s crumpet” has been applied to men such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and Bill Nighy. And after the release of the 1997 film Titanic, Kate Winslet was dubbed by one newspaper as "the sinking man's crumpet". Stewart Lee, the funniest stand-up comedian in the world, used the phrase "crumpet man's thinker" in his routines, referring to the art historian, Andrew Graham-Dixon. Thank you wikedpedia for these last nuggets.