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Old 08-25-2019, 10:44 PM
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Favorite Words/Phrases/Quotes and Sayings


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I love military jargon:

SNAFU

FUBAR

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


Totally unrelated...

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Old 08-26-2019, 12:52 AM
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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.
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Old 08-26-2019, 12:57 AM
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"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!"
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:22 AM
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:34 AM
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"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."
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<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."
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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.
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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
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Old 08-26-2019, 02:05 PM
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It's AIRY persiflage.


It adds a little verisimilitude.
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:38 PM
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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.
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"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!"
The phrase, or anything similar, is not in the Quixote, that's a bit of a literary legend.
My mother says something similar though, "Si ladran es porque son perros" (If they bark is because they are dogs). Now that I mention that my family, on my mother's side practically runs on sayings.

The one I always keep in mind (not one of theirs though) is the paraphrase from Solzhenitzyn's quote in The Gulag Archipelago "The line between Good and Evil cut's through the heart of every human being"; and, perhaps, every dog too.
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"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.
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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."
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"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.

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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.

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"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 !
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(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!

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Great responses! Another favorite of mine...


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Old 08-26-2019, 09:42 AM
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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.

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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?
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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.
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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)
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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'

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Not Wilder, but do you remember this one?

"You order shit, you eat shit. Who you think you are? Buster Brown?"
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Does anyone still say "Illegitimus non carborundum"? Fake Latin meaning "Don't let the bastard grind you down".
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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.

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Shinola was a shoe polish brand more than a century ago. No doubt, they sold brown shoe polish, hence the saying.
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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.)
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The only way to make sure a plumbing part won’t leak is to tighten it until it breaks.

Words to live by.

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I've uttered those words in all sincerity, while pouring Kaluha into my coffee and hitting a joint.

Is that what they call the breakfast of champions?
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Is that what they call the breakfast of champions?
I'd like to think so. Definitely breakfast of vacation.
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"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.
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"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."
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