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Post by JamesJenkins » November 17th, 2020, 8:28 am

andybeddy wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 5:58 am
why there isn't a "for Dummies" guide to the slang that goes around
There is, https://www.google.com/ and it is always more current then anything those old school books could have.
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Post by maxgal » November 18th, 2020, 12:14 am

EltonTheSnowman wrote:
August 27th, 2020, 4:20 am
Bookworm360 wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 1:38 pm
timberwolfmage wrote:
November 15th, 2006, 3:58 pm


There's a theater tradition that says Shakespeare's play Macbeth is cursed, and that you will bring down disaster on yourself (or your production of the show) if you say its name, specifically within a theatrical setting.

MACbeth, MACdonalds. *grins*
Then what do you do when you are performing it? :hmm:
If you say "Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends!", you should be safe. :wink:
(reference for the confused: https://youtu.be/h--HR7PWfp0?t=71)
So THAT's what those 2 actors kept saying to Blackadder! :roll:
I've seen that episode (& all the others) so many times, but could never catch anything between "Hot potato" and "make amends."
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » November 18th, 2020, 12:23 am

EltonTheSnowman wrote:
August 27th, 2020, 4:20 am
Bookworm360 wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 1:38 pm
timberwolfmage wrote:
November 15th, 2006, 3:58 pm


There's a theater tradition that says Shakespeare's play Macbeth is cursed, and that you will bring down disaster on yourself (or your production of the show) if you say its name, specifically within a theatrical setting.

MACbeth, MACdonalds. *grins*
Then what do you do when you are performing it? :hmm:
If you say "Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends!", you should be safe. :wink:
(reference for the confused: https://youtu.be/h--HR7PWfp0?t=71)
It is also the tradition when someone is going onstage to not wish them luck, but rather to say "Break a leg!"

And some of them mean it! :lol:

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Post by maxgal » November 18th, 2020, 12:41 am

...why we drive on a parkway and park in a driveway.
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » November 18th, 2020, 12:47 am

And how come a cargo goes by ship and a shipment goes by car?

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Post by maxgal » November 18th, 2020, 12:52 am

...why "flammable" and "inflammable" mean the same thing -- or rather, why both of these are acceptable words when either one would suffice.
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Post by maxgal » November 18th, 2020, 12:54 am

...why otherwise normal people use "big" words when testifying in court ... e.g., "I observed him as he proceeded to exit the vehicle" instead of "I saw him get out of the car."
Louise
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Post by maxgal » November 18th, 2020, 12:55 am

...why so many people will never understand why "irregardless" is not a word. (But this is just me crying in the wilderness.)
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » November 18th, 2020, 1:11 am

Also, some of what passes for "wise sayings" and "maxims".

For Example: "It takes a thief to catch a thief".

Now that doesn't say a lot for the police force.

Or: "They passed like ships in the night".

Imagine two people going up a corridor going "a-WOOOOO-BA! a-WOOOOO-BA!"


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Post by maxgal » November 18th, 2020, 1:21 am

:lol:
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Post by Bookworm360 » November 23rd, 2020, 4:56 pm

maxgal wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 12:54 am
...why otherwise normal people use "big" words when testifying in court ... e.g., "I observed him as he proceeded to exit the vehicle" instead of "I saw him get out of the car."
To sound smarter, probably.
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Post by andybeddy » November 24th, 2020, 7:02 am

maxgal wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 12:54 am
...why otherwise normal people use "big" words when testifying in court ... e.g., "I observed him as he proceeded to exit the vehicle" instead of "I saw him get out of the car."
Instantly made me think of that episode in "Friends" where Baby kangaroo Tribbiani (sorry, Joey) uses a Thesaurus to write a letter. "...They are humid pre-possessing homo sapiens with full sized aortic pumps." ( "People with big hearts") :D

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