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saucywench 08-25-2019 10:44 PM

Favorite Words/Phrases/Quotes and Sayings
 
How about a fun thread.:)


I love military jargon:

SNAFU

FUBAR

TARFU (Things are really effed up!), or the Brit's version (Totally and royally fouled up!)


Totally unrelated...

Chiffarobe

BrickBat 08-26-2019 12:52 AM

Always liked the way in 'Wayne's World' where, as a retort to a person saying "No way" to a statement, would say "Way!".

Brilliant.

I used to think some military slang was interesting until my workplace became overrun with management who are ex-military authoritarian jerkoffs. Now I like to piss them off by saying things like "Oh Seven Hundred...PM" for Seven PM, even though I know it's 1900. Bothers the hell out of them, but gives me strength to live on and fight the fascists.

Nava 08-26-2019 12:57 AM

"Ladran, luego cabalgamos": "they bark, therefore we ride on". One of a zillion sayings found in either El Quijote or Conde Lucanor (in this case, El Quijote), and still getting mileage 5 centuries later. It means "they don't want us here? Their loss." Also used to mean "good riddance to bad garbage" (another favorite of mine).



When someone complains to me that "the computer isn't doing what I tell it to do!" I tell them "oh no, it's much worse: the computer is doing what you TELL it to do, not what you WANT it to do! Very rude, computers!"

glee 08-26-2019 03:22 AM

'Wherever I go, there I am!'

Sangahyando 08-26-2019 03:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nava (Post 21825680)
"Ladran, luego cabalgamos": "they bark, therefore we ride on". One of a zillion sayings found in either El Quijote or Conde Lucanor (in this case, El Quijote), and still getting mileage 5 centuries later. It means "they don't want us here? Their loss." Also used to mean "good riddance to bad garbage" (another favorite of mine).

Interesting: I've seen (don't remember where) and been struck by, a close equivalent -- English-language, but clearly applicable to a general Africa / Middle East / Central Asia setting: "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on."

panache45 08-26-2019 03:41 AM

"Honi soit qui mal y pense" or "Shamed be he who thinks evil of it." It is the motto of the Order of the Garter.

Sangahyando 08-26-2019 04:33 AM

The inhabitants of the city of Liverpool, England, have long been renowned for their vivid, inventive, and often downright surreal way with words. Two Liverpudlianisms which I love: context of both being -- addressed to, or about, annoying / bumptious kids.

"Act soft, lad, and I'll buy yer a coalyard." ("Soft" as here, in northern English parlance, = foolish.)

"E'll be biting 'is nails and riding a bike next."

FairyChatMom 08-26-2019 06:11 AM

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
- Richard Feynman in the Challenger report.

If what you're doing isn't working, do something else. - I think this was from Crichton's Sphere.

As for words:

persiflage
callipygian

Treppenwitz 08-26-2019 08:32 AM

"As the actress said to the bishop".

I sometimes wonder if I'm the last person alive still saying this. A humourous addition. Explanation of it's use:

In the case of an accidental double entendre - for example, if I were at my allotment, and someone said of one of my splendid pumpkins: "Good lord, you've a big one there!", I might reply, as the actress said to the bishop.

Similarly, if I caught myself saying something of that ilk, I might add, as the actress said to the bishop, as an acknowledgement of my slip. And, as appropriate, I might reverse the phrase - as the bishop said to the actress.

j

Treppenwitz 08-26-2019 08:38 AM

And here's something in French that I love:

l'heure entre chien et loup or the shorter form entre chien et loup.

Literally: "(the hour) between dog and wolf"; meaning: twilight.

j

saucywench 08-26-2019 09:35 AM

Great responses! Another favorite of mine...


frangipani

burpo the wonder mutt 08-26-2019 09:42 AM

When something goes wrong, I have a phonetically perfect Gene Wilder impression ready to swing into action:

"Son of a BITCH!"

No one ever gets it.

Sangahyando 08-26-2019 09:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Treppenwitz (Post 21826005)
"As the actress said to the bishop".

I sometimes wonder if I'm the last person alive still saying this. A humourous addition. Explanation of it's use:

In the case of an accidental double entendre - for example, if I were at my allotment, and someone said of one of my splendid pumpkins: "Good lord, you've a big one there!", I might reply, as the actress said to the bishop.

Similarly, if I caught myself saying something of that ilk, I might add, as the actress said to the bishop, as an acknowledgement of my slip. And, as appropriate, I might reverse the phrase - as the bishop said to the actress.

(My bolding above): Alive and well in our family -- in the UK, like yourself -- I can promise you !

Beckdawrek 08-26-2019 09:47 AM

My Daddy had a million of them:
'Hold her head, Sadie she's headed for the peapatch' in other words, 'coming on fast and strong'
"Say egg and I'll give you one" in other words 'just ask, I'll help you out"
'Slap me and paint me green" in other words 'I'm shocked"
"Pull in your line, those fish ain't biting" in other words 'Give it up'
As far as I know he made these up.
My favorite word is 'Persnickety'

burpo the wonder mutt 08-26-2019 09:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nava (Post 21825680)
<snip> When someone complains to me that "the computer isn't doing what I tell it to do!" I tell them "oh no, it's much worse: the computer is doing what you TELL it to do, not what you WANT it to do! Very rude, computers!"

When someone, say at Walmart, is having computer/register problems, I say to them (in a voice dripping with sarcasm), "Computers are our friends."

saucywench 08-26-2019 09:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by burpo the wonder mutt (Post 21826134)
When something goes wrong, I have a phonetically perfect Gene Wilder impression ready to swing into action:

"Son of a BITCH!"

No one ever gets it.


Wilder sure said "Son of a bitch!" in a lot of movies. Was it when he kept getting thrown off the train in Silver Streak?

burpo the wonder mutt 08-26-2019 09:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by saucywench (Post 21826168)
Wilder sure said "Son of a bitch!" in a lot of movies. Was it when he kept getting thrown off the train in Silver Streak?

You get me. ;)

saucywench 08-26-2019 10:04 AM

Not Wilder, but do you remember this one?

"You order shit, you eat shit. Who you think you are? Buster Brown?"

Gatopescado 08-26-2019 11:02 AM

Diabolical

Hari Seldon 08-26-2019 12:02 PM

Does anyone still say "Illegitimus non carborundum"? Fake Latin meaning "Don't let the bastard grind you down".

Nava 08-26-2019 12:19 PM

For those who can read Spanish, I was looking for the sesquipedalian version of "a palabras necias, oídos sordos" (when words are stupid, ears are deaf) and found a site containing several instances of similar rephrasings. The one for that line is given as "a palabras emitidas por laringes incoherentes, trompa de Eustaquio en estado letárgico" (when words are pronounced by incoherent larynxes, Eustachian tubes are in a state of letargy), I've heard other variants but they're similar.

Sir T-Cups 08-26-2019 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by burpo the wonder mutt (Post 21826134)
When something goes wrong, I have a phonetically perfect Gene Wilder impression ready to swing into action:

"Son of a BITCH!"

No one ever gets it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by burpo the wonder mutt (Post 21826149)
When someone, say at Walmart, is having computer/register problems, I say to them (in a voice dripping with sarcasm), "Computers are our friends."

Whenever anything inantimate doesn't work for someone I'll always quip

"Heh...he doesn't like you!" ala Dr. Evanzan in Star Wars.

Only once in my many years of saying this has someone responded to me correctly

BrotherCadfael 08-26-2019 02:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FairyChatMom (Post 21825837)
persiflage

It's AIRY persiflage.


It adds a little verisimilitude.

Royal Nonesutch 08-26-2019 02:26 PM

"Hot Dog vendors had an image problem already without one of them passing out in the street in front of a whorehouse"

J.K. Toole

Sangahyando 08-26-2019 03:40 PM

An Americanism -- rather dated, I think -- which I, not American, once or twice came across somewhere, and loved. Said of a clueless person: "He doesn't know shit from Shinola". I have not the faintest idea what Shinola is, or was; but I have a great fondness for the expression -- it "says it all".

FairyChatMom 08-26-2019 03:46 PM

Shinola was a shoe polish brand more than a century ago. No doubt, they sold brown shoe polish, hence the saying.

zamboniracer 08-26-2019 03:53 PM

I've always liked, and frequently relied on, "It never hurts to apologize, especially when you don't mean it." From Jim Bouton's book, "Ball Four."

peccavi 08-26-2019 03:54 PM

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it." (W C Fields)

Colibri 08-26-2019 04:12 PM

"Whatever doesn't kill me just delays the inevitable."

Velocity 08-26-2019 04:15 PM

"Marriage is the No. 1 cause of divorce."

"Your worst humiliation is only someone else's momentary amusement."

"Just because you want it, doesn't mean it's wrong."

burpo the wonder mutt 08-26-2019 05:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir T-Cups (Post 21826455)
Whenever anything inantimate doesn't work for someone I'll always quip

"Heh...he doesn't like you!" ala Dr. Evanzan in Star Wars.

Only once in my many years of saying this has someone responded to me correctly

If you ever, EVER, think you'll get to the last line of that exchange ("YOU'LL BE DEAD!"), Please contact me ASAP. You'll know me: I'll be the guy on the floor with tears streaming from his eyes, it'll be so good!

In the meantime, there's this.

Beckdawrek 08-26-2019 05:49 PM

My ol' Grammy said "He doesn't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of" about ne'er-do-wells.
She was fond of "I've forgotten more than you'll ever know"

EmilyG 08-26-2019 06:43 PM

Do no harm but take no BS.

Tibby 08-26-2019 07:17 PM

I say, “gotta see a man about a horse” a couple times a day, and a couple times a night thanks to my prostate.

burpo the wonder mutt 08-27-2019 02:55 AM

From Dave Barry:

The only way to make sure a plumbing part won’t leak is to tighten it until it breaks.

Words to live by.

Royal Nonesutch 08-27-2019 04:45 AM

"You can't just sit around and drink all day if you don't start first thing in the morning!"

CalMeacham 08-27-2019 07:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by burpo the wonder mutt (Post 21826134)
When something goes wrong, I have a phonetically perfect Gene Wilder impression ready to swing into action:

"Son of a BITCH!"

No one ever gets it.

Also said (and the correct stress dwelt upon, at length) by Vincent Spano and Peter O'Toole in Creator (1985)

Crotalus 08-27-2019 07:45 AM

Career advice from the founder of the company I work for: "Find out what you're not good at, and don't do it."

FairyChatMom 08-27-2019 07:46 AM

Creator was the first thing I thought of for that line.

ftg 08-27-2019 08:37 AM

"Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die."

Still.

Jackmannii 08-27-2019 08:41 AM

I still use a few nadsat phrases/Clockwork Orangisms, including "starry decreps" and "appendy-shitehouse".

Swampwolf 08-27-2019 09:19 AM

From the band Gaelic Storm's song One More Day Above the Roses: "It's not the cough that carries you off; it's the coffin they carry you off in." I love both the sentiment and the turn of phrase.

Sangahyando 08-27-2019 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FairyChatMom (Post 21826904)
Shinola was a shoe polish brand more than a century ago. No doubt, they sold brown shoe polish, hence the saying.

Thanks -- the saying makes more sense than I expected it would ! (Not implying that Americans are crazy; just that fine and "telling" expressions -- anybody's -- are often nonsense ones.)

saucywench 08-27-2019 09:39 AM

Hoist by one's own petard.

Malleus, Incus, Stapes! 08-27-2019 02:11 PM

"Not my monkey, not my circus." I think it's Polish in origin? Anyway, I've only come across it once or twice, but I find it amusing.

Treppenwitz 08-27-2019 03:53 PM

Re: "As the actress said to the bishop"

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sangahyando (Post 21826141)
(My bolding above): Alive and well in our family -- in the UK, like yourself -- I can promise you !

OK, so it's you and me against the world!

j

saucywench 08-27-2019 06:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Malleus, Incus, Stapes! (Post 21828625)
"Not my monkey, not my circus." I think it's Polish in origin? Anyway, I've only come across it once or twice, but I find it amusing.


I like it. I've heard another variation,..."Not my pig, not my farm, not my problem."

blondebear 08-27-2019 08:10 PM

It costs nothing to pay attention.

saucywench 08-27-2019 10:40 PM

In like Flynn!

Shoeless 08-28-2019 07:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zamboniracer (Post 21826917)
I've always liked, and frequently relied on, "It never hurts to apologize, especially when you don't mean it." From Jim Bouton's book, "Ball Four."

On the old "Newhart" series, Julia Duffy's character would often toss out a totally insincere "Sorry sorry sorry!" Which my wife and I picked up on and still use with each other to this day.

FCM already mentioned my favorite word, "callipygian". (Having shapely buttocks) I think I stumbled across that one in a dictionary many years ago and it was immediately, as an old HS teacher of mine used to say, inscribed in the fleshy tablets of my brain.


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