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Originally posted by oomslokop oomslokop wrote:

this is not english (does it have to be english?) but in batavia (colonial tempo doeloe name for jakarta) the indos (halfbloods/mestizo) used to say "let's write a letter in english" and make a writing gesture with their hands when they wanted to take an afternoon nap. Sleepy

Amazing,my father-in-law is Chinese and uses the same to mean take a crap.
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"Stuck like shit to a blanket" - When something is hard to clean off.
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He dun't know whether he's going for a shit o' haircut = Incredibly busy with numerous tasks to effectuate.
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Originally posted by badseed badseed wrote:

Originally posted by oomslokop oomslokop wrote:

this is not english (does it have to be english?) but in batavia (colonial tempo doeloe name for jakarta) the indos (halfbloods/mestizo) used to say "let's write a letter in english" and make a writing gesture with their hands when they wanted to take an afternoon nap. Sleepy

Amazing,my father-in-law is Chinese and uses the same to mean take a crap.

very interesting. (and this also in response to mr black's earlier inquiry) one of the sources where i've seen that expression used is in e. breton de nijs' classic indies/tempo doeloe novel 'faded portraits', set in mid-19th century batavia. the guy who used that expression all the time in the book was the patriarch of the de pauly family, one uncle... chen!—a half chinese, half french indo/mestizo! could it be that the expression has its origins in a chinese expression for everything that gives one a lot of pleasure (taking a nap, a dump)? 
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Good question.

My thinking was that compared to beautiful Chinese calligraphy the English language looked like shit.

Your theory does sound more refined.

I will offer your explanation when asked.

My daughter has somehow started using "send a letter to the Queen" for the same situation. I am very proud.
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On' Blink = Television set keeps going off (turned back on with a thump)

On' Tick = Television set is rented, Radio Rentals would tick your hire agreement every week when you pay your bill, also see On' Never Never (you never own it out right)
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Pie Crust promise = Easily broken

A gnats cock = A very tiny measurement indeed (microns)

Rough as a bears arse = Poorly made

A load of tripe = A false statement (also see Codswallop)
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Flat as a witches tit.

This is a term an old boss of mind used to use. Ironically she was a bit of a witch herself but with pendulous old-lady boobs.
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