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Old 2009-12-29, 02:47   #1
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I sometimes hear our (American) English idioms scrambled or intermixed. One prime example is when I heard someone say, "That's water over the bridge!"

I answered that they had described a flood. When they questioned, "What?" I explained that they had combined pieces of two separate idioms and went on to point out the two: "Water under the bridge" and "Water over the dam."

Although both refer to something of the past and mean the same, that meaning changes if parts are intermixed. Of interesting note, the new versions can also mean the same as each other:

Let "Water over the bridge" equal "flood"

Let "Water under the dam" equal "flood" (from erosion and destruction of the dam)

How about some idioms from other languages? Can they translate?

Ist gibt eine "Wasser unter der BrΓΌcke" auf Deutsch? (Please forgive me if I messed that up.)

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Old 2009-12-29, 04:15   #2
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Mixed metaphors can be fun also.

1: Do bears shit in the woods?
2: Is the pope Catholic?

1+2 becomes: Does the pope shit in the woods? or, Are bears catholic?
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Old 2009-12-29, 09:15   #3
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Mixed metaphors can be fun also.

1: Do bears shit in the woods?
2: Is the pope Catholic?

1+2 becomes: Does the pope shit in the woods? or, Are bears catholic?
It is well known that the Pope is Catholic and bears shit in the woods.

However, has anyone actually seen the Pope bearing shit in the woods?


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Old 2009-12-29, 14:28   #4
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However, has anyone actually seen the Pope bearing shit in the woods?
Kids,

I'm sure you're really upset about the use of the s-word and blasphemy in a family-friendly pubic forum. The s-word has not been moderated, because it has been used by a moderator. The funny thing is that the same moderator recently moderated the c-word and confuses planned (to avoid using the word intelligent) divine intervention with the concept of Darwinism.

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Do you believe that avoiding sacrilege and blasphemy at the expense of clarity makes anybody a better person?

Continuously swearing like a sailor is an obvious way to express disassociation from any religion: if one is always profane, one can never belong to a church. Additionally, it would in fact be dishonest for anyone to express his total lack of respect, while at the same time following conventions to show respect.
Thus spake someone who was not as smart as he claimed to be. In particular, he failed to recognize and act upon a warning phrased as a polite suggestion.

Oh well. Darwinism in a microcosm.
So, in today's lesson we will learn what the Latin phrase Quod licet iovi, non licet bovi and the word hpyocrite of Greek origin mean. You can also learn that if you're an English hooligan, it's perfectly acceptable to disrespect Catholic authorities.

P.S. Remember to look out for cars before you cross a street.
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Old 2009-12-29, 14:34   #5
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Not sure if this is quite on topic but I had a co-worker that used to (though not intentionally) ask her peers for their "feedput" ... confusing feedback and input.
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Old 2009-12-29, 19:13   #6
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However, has anyone actually seen the Pope bearing s--- in the woods?
It would be funnier to have the Pope poop a bearing in the woods.

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Old 2009-12-29, 20:11   #7
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Nice!

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Kids,

I'm sure you're really upset about the use of the s-word and blah blah blah.
Nope, just irritated by another smug hack that thinks he's doing some grade-A trolling.
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Old 2009-12-30, 02:13   #10
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A Bear and a rabbit were taking a shit in the woods. And the bear turns to the rabbit and says, "Excuse me, do you have problems with shit sticking to your fur?" And the rabbit says, "No."

So the bear wiped his ass with the rabbit.

And as a family-friendly lagniappe - xilman style:

...and then the bear bored his bone up the pope's cute poop-chute.

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Nope, just irritated by another smug hack that thinks he's doing some grade-A trolling.
You realize that causing irritation is the whole point of trolling, yes?

I have a hard time telling whether you are in a self-deprecating mood, German or had a dyslexic surgeon remove a tumor. At least you don't have moderating privileges, so I would like to tell you, that you ____

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Old 2009-12-30, 02:50   #11
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I do feel rather sorry for initiating this thread...

Par for this course, perhaps?
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