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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote BlueTrain Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jul 2019 at 1:16pm
You can't always rely on an old saying.
 
"He who hesitates is lost."
 
But "Look before you leap."
 
I used to live in the country and one very curious word I heard was "whopper-jawed." Not quite sure what it means; maybe "bent out of shape."
 
My late father-in-law would occasionally use the exclamation "Gosh all fishhooks," one of his milder ones. But I once heard it in a pre-war movie.
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Here's something else that a re-reading of this thread reminded me of.
 
During WWII, Americans in Great Britain were sometimes referred to as Yanks (overpaid, oversexed and over here!). But Americans from the South generally resented the term, I'm told.
 
To foreigners, a Yankee (we don't say Yanks) is an American
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter
To Vermonters, a Yankee is someone who eats pie for breakfast.
(Credit goes to E. B. White).
 
I am embarrassed to report that when visiting the U.K. a few years ago, I had a great deal of trouble understanding people sometimes and had to ask them to repeat themselves. But a few people spoke perfectly understandable (to me) English. One was Ukrainian, the others German). I had little trouble when we reached Scotland, although I eventually realized that no one was speaking to me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Bob Dale Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Nov 2019 at 7:18am
Not old , but i heard it for the first time the other day and was tickled.

"I'd rather shit in my hands and clap them together than ..."
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Than what?
Helixing my inner beanie
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Something undesirable, in this instance it was interact with a rather difficult colleague.
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