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I'm not a native English speaker, and I don't understand the meaning of the phrase "in your general direction."

I have found its use in the line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

I fart in your general direction.

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What is the question? Fart is funny in many parts of the world. If you are in doubt, give it a google search. –  Noah Jun 18 '12 at 15:21
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okay ignore why it's funny question. What does "in your general direction" mean exactly.. ( I assumed it means "toward about where you are standing" ) –  megaboy Jun 18 '12 at 15:24

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I am guessing it is the 'general' causing problems?

It just means that the fart is not aimed precisely at the victim, like a gunshot, but more or less in his direction in more of an "over there somewhere" sort of way.

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Very clear! Thanks!!! –  megaboy Jun 18 '12 at 15:46
    
hanks!! that's what I thought it meant.. but then, The movie actually made me confused.... I couldn't get why it's supposed be so funny..and thought maybe 'in your general direction" had more meaning inside... –  megaboy Jun 18 '12 at 15:51

You hit the nail on the head -- it means "toward about where you are standing".

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Sorry Cornbread, the OP updated the question in the comments to one that's worth answering. I've edited the question to be about what he's interested in. –  Matt Эллен Jun 18 '12 at 15:28
    
@MattЭллен updated FWIW. :) –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jun 18 '12 at 15:29
    
Thanks!! that's what I thought it meant.. but then, The movie actually made me confused.... I couldn't get why it's supposed be so funny..and thought maybe 'in your general direction" had more meaning inside.. –  megaboy Jun 18 '12 at 15:52
    
@megaboy no more meaning. it's just a silly way of saying "at you". No one really talks like that. –  Charles Jun 18 '12 at 21:58

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