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by Mel
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Donkey race
Replies: 1
Views: 1549

Donkey race

The Pastor's Ass     The Pastor entered his donkey in a race, and it won. The Pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again, and it won again. The local paper read: PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT. The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor not...
by Mel
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wag the dog
Replies: 3
Views: 2272

Re: wag the dog

Sometimes the tail wags the dog. tail wagging the dog a situation where a small part is controlling the whole of something. John was just hired yesterday, and today he's bossing everyone around. It's a case of the tail wagging the dog. Why is this small matter taking so much time? Now it's the tail ...
by Mel
Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fiddle / fart / fiddle-fart
Replies: 10
Views: 16360

Re: fiddle / fart / fiddle-fart

Could the fart part of this originate in the Gernan "fahren" to travel or go.

In the good old days when I drove to Denmark I used the Middle Fahrt ferry, before they built the bridge. Since then there is no fiddle farting getting on and off the boats.
by Mel
Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hindi and Urdu words in the English language
Replies: 17
Views: 6904

Re: Hindi and Urdu words in the English language

I thought he looked like a pukka sahib in his pink pyjamas, but I am no pundit.
by Mel
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hindi and Urdu words in the English language
Replies: 17
Views: 6904

Hindi and Urdu words in the English language

I came across this recently and was surprised how many of our words have these origins. Avatar from Sanskrit avataar अवतार, meaning "incarnation." Bandanna from Bandhna,(बांधना) to tie a scarf around the head. Bangle from Bāngṛī बांगड़ी, a type of bracelet. Brahmin member of Hindu caste; traditional...
by Mel
Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: porkies
Replies: 2
Views: 2303

Re: porkies

porkies

Lies. Another Cockney rhyming slang, but almost completely detached from its origin Lies = Pork Pies = Porkies. For some reason seldom used in the singular.
You've been telling porkies again.
by Mel
Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: cakewalk
Replies: 26
Views: 21019

A cakewalk

I always thought that a cakewalk meant something that was easy to accomplish.
Wikipedia states that is originates from a dance competition among slaves with a large cake as the prize. Could there be another origin for this phrase?
by Mel
Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sausage
Replies: 8
Views: 2185

Re: Sausage

Here are a few types of sausage abruzzo sausage - andouille - Cajun andouille - Louisiana andouille - andouillette sausage - bauerwurst sausage - bauernwurst - blood sausage - blood pudding - black pudding. black sausage - boudin noir - blutwurst sausage - bockwurst sausage - boerewors sausage - boe...
by Mel
Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rivers [down the river / up the river / rivals]
Replies: 13
Views: 5007

Re: rivers

Well done. To be sent "up the river" was to be sent to prison. Sing Sing was up the Hudson from new York. To be sold "down the river" was for slaves a much harder regime in the cotton fields than on the farms further north.. Now for the interesting bit rival • noun 1 a person or thing competing with...
by Mel
Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:38 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rivers [down the river / up the river / rivals]
Replies: 13
Views: 5007

rivers [down the river / up the river / rivals]

What happens to me if I am sold down the river?

What happens to me if I am sold up the river.

Also were " rivals " on opposite sides of the river?

I know the answers but thought it might challenge some members to use their refernce works. No pros please.
by Mel
Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grow cashew trees
Replies: 12
Views: 2143

Re: Grow cashew trees

Would it be not a "cashew farm" but rather a "cashew grove" or "cashew plantation"?
by Mel
Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: barmy
Replies: 2
Views: 1876

barmy

Following on from my investigation of "Zany", here is the definition of "barmy" as in "barmy army."

Main Entry: 1barmy
Pronunciation: \ˈbär-mē\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): barm·i·er; barm·i·est
Date: 15th century
: full of froth or ferment


Ho ho!
by Mel
Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: zany
Replies: 3
Views: 2079

zany

Discovered today that the word "zany" originates from the Italian word for John. Main Entry: 1za·ny Pronunciation: \ˈzā-nē\ Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural zanies Etymology: Italian zanni, a traditional masked clown, from Italian dialect Zanni, nickname for Italian Giovanni John Date: 1588 ...
by Mel
Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Useful Latin phrases
Replies: 25
Views: 10234

Re: Useful Latin phrases

Felem putavit me sensisse insequentum me.
I taut I saw a puddy tat a creepin up on me.
by Mel
Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: On the blower
Replies: 7
Views: 7080

Re: On the blower

Seems like a good explanation. I think tubes were used to communiacte in buildings too.

In London Cockney slang "Percy Thrower" blower, is one name for a telephone.

Blimey! Mate please lend me yaaahr dog & bone I 'ave date tonight . Nuff said, yeah?