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Nick
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#21 Postby Nick » August 22nd, 2007, 4:46 pm

Latest post of the previous page:

Oops! :laughter: Just being personal, Lewist :laughter:

btw I always thought it was "show a leg" but perhaps it's interchangeable

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#22 Postby Felicia » August 22nd, 2007, 5:00 pm

My mum says she'll wait till the cows come home for her dog stop yapping....but don't the cows come home fairly often, lik, daily, to be milked? Why does it mean a long time?


Backaways someone raised Brownie points - don't they refer to the junior branch of Girl Guides, who go round doing good deeds?

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#23 Postby Nick » August 22nd, 2007, 6:26 pm

Re: Brownies: Nothing to do with Brown Shirts, then...


Just kidding.

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#24 Postby God » August 22nd, 2007, 6:35 pm

"Brownie" had another meaning when I was a schoolkid - but it would not be PC today! (Probably wasn't then!)

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#25 Postby lewist » August 22nd, 2007, 8:22 pm

God wrote:"Brownie" had another meaning when I was a schoolkid - but it would not be PC today! (Probably wasn't then!)

Would that be the same as a floatin' minister, then? :laughter:

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#26 Postby Fred » August 22nd, 2007, 9:11 pm

aka a Mersey Salmon
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#27 Postby God » August 22nd, 2007, 9:52 pm

That too - although that wasn't it. Nothing non-PC about that! Just pooh!

No, the brownie I was thinking of was directed towards a person "He's a brownie" etc. Still illegal in those days, of course.

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#28 Postby God » August 22nd, 2007, 11:34 pm

People say "I don't give a flying phuk". Never understood that. Also: "I don't give a monkey's ..." A monkey's what?

I suppose there's not a cat in hell's chance of finding the answer.

If she heard anyone referring to her as "she", my mum used to say: "Who's she? The cat's mother?" Mrs G on the other hand has absolutely no objection to me referring to her as "she" within her hearing - so I do it whenever I get the chance as it still makes me feel slightly devilish. I think, BTW, that it's because Mrs G is American that it doesn't bother her. On the other hand, she was brought up to think of "Hell" as a really bad word.

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#29 Postby Fred » August 23rd, 2007, 8:43 am

God wrote:...Mrs G is American that it doesn't bother her. On the other hand, she was brought up to think of "Hell" as a really bad word.


This does make me laugh. I deal with quite a few Americans in work via chatrooms on our intranet. They'll quite happily type "w*nker" without asterisks, but then use "heck" instead of "hell".

They think "cockup" is amazingly rude, but don't bat an eyelid at "b*ll*cks". One laughed when i type "bl**dy hell" saying they'd have asterisked it differently.

Mind you I've often wondered what the point of using asterisks is - everyone knows what you're saying - if it's not an appropriate place to use the word in full, is it appropriate to use it with asterisks?
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#30 Postby Beki » August 23rd, 2007, 8:52 am

"Who's she? The cat's mother?"


OMG I'd forgotten about that one! My mum used to pick me up with that all the time. What a weird thing to say!

She also used to say that I "Couldn't see green cheese" - which for those of you who haven't heard it means that you want something just because someone else has it.... (eh?)

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#31 Postby Nick » August 23rd, 2007, 9:12 am

God wrote: "I don't give a monkey's ..." A monkey's what?

IIRC, a monkey's chunk. Clear now?

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#32 Postby Bryn » August 23rd, 2007, 9:16 am

I thought it was a monkey's nut.

But I couldn't give a flying toss either way.


Flying toss???

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#33 Postby lewist » August 23rd, 2007, 9:25 am

Beki wrote:"She also used to say that I "Couldn't see green cheese" - which for those of you who haven't heard it means that you want something just because someone else has it.... (eh?)

I learned that as You? You cannae see green cheese but yer ee'n reel! - same meaning but a whole sentence.

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#34 Postby Maria Mac » August 28th, 2007, 5:57 pm

I'm just about to use the term 'small fry'. Any ideas where that comes from?

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#35 Postby God » August 28th, 2007, 6:32 pm

Maria wrote:I'm just about to use the term 'small fry'. Any ideas where that comes from?

Small fish? - you fry fish!

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#36 Postby Alan C. » August 28th, 2007, 7:18 pm

Small fish ARE fry, as small cats are kittens.
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#37 Postby God » August 28th, 2007, 7:36 pm

So "small fry" means "small small fish". So it should just be "fry"?

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#38 Postby Alan C. » August 28th, 2007, 8:12 pm

Small fry means specifically, very young Herring, small very young Salmon would be Smolts, small very young Coalfish would be Piltocks, and so on.....
Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers.

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#39 Postby Lord Muck oGentry » September 1st, 2007, 8:33 pm

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What about "harping on". I said somewhere about people always "harping on" about something. Harping? Why harping?



From Shakespeare.
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/172400.html


The image seems to be of a singer accompanying himself on a harp as he chunters on.

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#40 Postby Noggin » September 2nd, 2007, 9:51 pm

Great link, Lord!


Since this thread started I've been more conscious of the strange things we say. Today I used the the phrase 'I think it could be right up your street'. I was talking about a job but I didn't mean the location! It immediately struck me as a strange of saying 'it sounds as if you'd be well suited to it'.
It is the still and silent sea that drowns a man. -- Old Norse Proverb

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#41 Postby lewist » September 3rd, 2007, 11:19 pm

When we lived in Sutherland we had to learn how people spoke. One lovely phrase that I still use sometimes is in it.

It meant various things to do with existence:

(lady in shop)
I wanted a cake but is that the only one in it?
(meaning Is that the only one you have?)

(my boss talking about one of the children)
Nicola keeps talking about the baby and Mam baths the baby and the baby is asleep and so on and the baby's not even in it yet!
(meaning ...the baby's not born yet!)
Carpe diem. Savour every moment.


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