Where did that phrase come from......

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by winds-of-change, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Okay, let's educate each other on where certain phrases came from.

    Here's mine......

    "Drunk as a skunk"

    Skunks are very susceptible to rabies. If you've ever seen a rabid skunk they stumble around, bump into things, and it general wander around looking as if they were extremely drunk. So when someone's had too much to drink and they are stumbling around and falling down......they look very much like a rabid skunk.......hence....."drunk as a skunk".

    Anyone else?
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    APPLE OF MY EYE -This phrase comes from the Bible. In Psalm 17:8 the writer asks God 'keep me as the apple of your eye'.
     

  3. dog2000tj

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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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  4. Blueguns

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    [ame]http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vg3vGToChGI[/ame]

    Alan Harper (2 and a half men) explains the booty call to his son.

    Now to topic: The phrase "cold turkey" comes from a term for making a dish without preparation. Hence quitting smoking with just stopping smoking (no patches, gum, inspirational tapes, etc.) is described as quitting "cold turkey".
     
  5. Zombiegirl

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    You better watch your P's and Q's which means behavior yourself and watch what you say. It originated because people would drink too many pints and quarts of alcohol and cause problems.
     
  6. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    Ampersand, the little '&' we use sometimes. In early America it was a letter used at the end of the alphabet to mean 'and'... A B C... X Y Z... 'And per se 'and'.' Kids started just saying ampersand, and the name eventually stuck.
     
  7. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    The whole 9 yards.
    .50 Cal ammo used to be issued in 9 yard belts.

    Blowing smoke
    During a cock fight, an exhausted, injured, nearly dead rooster can be revived and get a bad ass burst of awesomeness by having tobacco smoke blown up it's *******.
     
  8. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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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.:(
     
  9. nitestalker

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    During the oppressive years of the early Puritan Church to question the church could get you beheaded. People who disagreed did so in secret. When they passed each other in public they would whisper "God Go By" or God go away. In time this became "Goodbye" when departing from a friend.:)
     
  10. Sonic82

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    no room to swing a cat
    During punishment all hands were called on deck to bear witness. In the case of a ship with a full complement on board this could make for a very crowded deck. In fact the deck could be so crowded that a cat o' nine tails could not be used without hitting the observers so that there was no room to swing a cat.
     
  11. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    "Twenty-three, Skidoo!"

    Plenty of phone call complaints in the early '20's caused the NYPD to patrol 23rd Street & Broadway, the Flatiron Building, whose catty-corner structure would have the cold winds whipped around the building and lift skirts up in the air. Too many women complaint that men would gather on that corner specifically to watch and gloat. :D
     
  12. Vincine

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    ORIENTATION:
    Understanding where you are, so you can figure out how to get to where you want to go.

    The first real extensive use of maps was by commercial interests plying the spice trade. The caravans needed to find their way to the ORIENT without getting lost. With the adaption of magnetic compasses and use of Polaris indicating the constant, if not exact, direction of north no matter where you were, one usually ORIENTS a map to the north now.
     
  13. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    Huh. I thought goodbye was a contraction of "God be with ye".
     
  14. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    "The bottom line" refers to the final conclusion. It originally referred to the last line in a business ledger where the current balance was located.
     
  15. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  16. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    Especially if you've had a pint or two :D
     
  17. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    That dog don't hunt

    refers to a dog that will not hunt...as opposed to a dog that will.
     
  18. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    For real? Who'da thunk it... :)
     
  19. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    ..........
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    :p
     
  20. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    ROFL!!!! :p