Comedy actor Peter Sellers knew a thing or two about comic timing and delivery needed to make a good joke shine. After all he played Inspector Clouseau, Dr Stranglove, and Dr Fritz Fassbender among his many famous Hollywood characters. That’s why when Sellers sang the old Cockney London musical hall song Any Old Iron, he was able to deliver with aplomb the line, ‘You look neat. Talk about a treat! You look so dapper from your napper* to your feet.’
Neat now has a different meaning to Platts, but of course this would be unknown to Sellers and the Cockney musical hall songwriters of Any Old Iron.