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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #330 on: May 26, 2014, 02:47:32 AM »
What I did was trip over some rough ground and landed heavily on my knee and hand.  :(

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #331 on: May 26, 2014, 09:27:01 AM »
One of my favourites is "flat out like a lizard drinking". Any guesses?

I would think someone was passed out drunk.
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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #332 on: May 26, 2014, 10:40:02 AM »
One of my favourites is "flat out like a lizard drinking". Any guesses?

I would think someone was passed out drunk.

I wouldn't necessarily think 'drunk'.  When a lizard is drinking from a stream it does tend to really flatten out.  I would get the mental image of someone who, for whatever reason, fell and landed face-first. 

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #333 on: May 26, 2014, 10:57:28 AM »
No you're both wrong :) I'll leave it to Katana though .

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #334 on: May 26, 2014, 06:17:17 PM »
It means "extremely busy". It's a play on both means of the expression "flat out", stretched out flat and doing something fast. And lizards drink water very fast.

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #335 on: May 26, 2014, 09:09:52 PM »
One from my family in Oklahoma: "It don't make me no nevermind."

I think I'll let the Aussies guess this one.  >:D
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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #336 on: May 26, 2014, 09:12:13 PM »
One from my family in Oklahoma: "It don't make me no nevermind."

I think I'll let the Aussies guess this one.  >:D

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #337 on: May 26, 2014, 09:32:19 PM »
I don't care?

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #338 on: May 26, 2014, 09:59:22 PM »
My favorite from my childhood is "sorry", as in "move his sorry [rear end]" for "he had better move on" or the project I sewed was 'sorry' - just not good enough.

I haven't heard "yonder" since my grandmother passed in 1983. It meant "over there", as a slight walk, but seeable. Never used inside the home, just for field's or garden's distances.

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #339 on: May 26, 2014, 10:16:14 PM »
I don't care?

Along this line of thought...

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #340 on: May 26, 2014, 11:15:27 PM »
My favorite from my childhood is "sorry", as in "move his sorry [rear end]" for "he had better move on" or the project I sewed was 'sorry' - just not good enough.

I haven't heard "yonder" since my grandmother passed in 1983. It meant "over there", as a slight walk, but seeable. Never used inside the home, just for field's or garden's distances.

I still say "his sorry rear end" and although I don't think I've used it since I was small, I know what "it was a sorry little project" means.
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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #341 on: May 27, 2014, 12:29:08 AM »
One from my family in Oklahoma: "It don't make me no nevermind."

I think I'll let the Aussies guess this one.  >:D

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #342 on: May 27, 2014, 02:53:09 AM »
One from my family in Oklahoma: "It don't make me no nevermind."

I think I'll let the Aussies guess this one.  >:D

I'm from Wisconsin and I have often baffled co-workers here in Arizona with "it's close enough as makes no nevermind".

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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #343 on: May 27, 2014, 02:59:05 AM »
In Southern Africa, we have the incredibly confusing time spans of "Now", "Now now", "Right now" and "Just now".

"Now" actually means soon (like in the next couple of minutes).
"Now Now" means fairly soon, but later than "Now".
"Right Now" means kinda soon, but later than "Now Now".
"Just Now" means later (or maybe never depending on mood).

So if you say you're going to do something "Right now" it could take a while to get to it.

And now I've typed the word "Now" so many times it's stopped looking like a sensible word and just looks like gibberish.



There's also the lovely phrase "Yah well no fine". Means quite a few things (or nothing at all), all depending entirely on tone.

Person1: "Sally is going to be an hour late."
Person2: "Yah well no fine".  <-- in an annoyed tone, it means "Ugh Seriously!?", in a relaxed tone it mean "Oh well, nevermind, she'll get here when she gets here".
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Re: Regional sayings
« Reply #344 on: May 27, 2014, 08:45:17 AM »
Makes our 'I'll be there now in a minute' make perfect sense