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Old 10-21-2012, 11:00 PM   #21
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For real? Who'da thunk it...
that's fine!....that's what we're here for
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That is a common misconception. It has nothing to do with alcohol.

It refers to type setters. Little pieces of metal (generally lead alloy) type were placed in a rack for the printing press. Everything was backwards. Lower case p's and q's are similar looking. One must be cautious they choose the correct one.


Nobody knows for sure what the origin was....

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_your_Ps_and_Qs#section_1
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Then we can just say 'Doggonit". From the Scotish word Dagon which means gone to the dogs.

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"Built like a Brick Shithouse"

having to do with a beautiful and curvaceous woman, this term meant any woman that was appealingly overdone or a level of quality that was better than was necessary, a phrase used to describe the physical attributes of a woman, beautiful, nice figure, nice prominent rack that stands up and juts out at you


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The disgusting comparison of beautful woman to an out house goes back to the great Depression. FDR had all manner of civilian work programs. One of these was the WPA . These folks over spent time and money over doing everything to make their jobs last longer. FDRs WPA was replacing wooden toilets with new concret ones. WPA worker turned these projects into worthless castles. They were a joke a waste. The term in its day was not a compliment.
I think a brick ****house is a very sturdy building not likely to fall or fail. I have a brick 'regular' house and real plaster walls, not plasterboard, and I think this house would still be standing after a tornado, minus it's roof, of course. I don't think it's an insult.

When I see a good looking, strong, muscular man, I think "He's built like a brick ****house". It sure isn't an insult in my eyes.



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That is a common misconception. It has nothing to do with alcohol.

It refers to type setters. Little pieces of metal (generally lead alloy) type were placed in a rack for the printing press. Everything was backwards. Lower case p's and q's are similar looking. One must be cautious they choose the correct one.
I always heard this, too. When setting type it was difficult to tell the p's from the q's. But I have also heard it said of bartenders who pulled pints and quarts for the customers. They had to be sure they weren't pulling a quart for someone who asked for a pint.
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Nobody knows for sure what the origin was....

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_your_Ps_and_Qs#section_1
so...it's now an inch shorter...or stays the same for him?
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so...it's now an inch shorter...or stays the same for him?
Having a terrible week. Felt it was unfair to take it out on someone....
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"Rule of thumb"

It used to be legal for a man to beat his wife but only with a stick as thick as his thumb.

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Freezing the balls off a brass monkey.
Cannon balls were stacked on a ship with a brass plate called a monkey, when cold weather hit the brass would shrink up and the cannon balls would roll off the monkey.

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Nose to the grindstone. A millers term. The grindstones were set by smell. Too tight and the flour would burn.

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There are a huge number of terms of everyday speech that originated with..... FIREARMS!

Don't go off half-cocked- referred to the half cock notch on a musket- you might think you are ready to shoot, but nothing will hapen when you pull the trigger on a gun on half cock.

Lock, stock and barrel- meaning the whole thing- orginally, the total of all parts of a musket- the lock, the stock, and the barrel.

He was just a flash in the pan- meaning a showy appearance with no results. Flintlocks used a priming pan. When fired, sparks would be shaved from the frizzen by the flint, falling into the priming powder in the pan. This would flash- but sometimes did not carry through the flash hole into the main charge.

Don't be a piker- meaning to be cheap or second class. The best soldiers became musketeers, armed with a musket- but the so-so folks just carried a pike- long wooden shaft with a sharp iron blade.

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