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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Aug 18, 11:14 AM
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    Why say that?
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    • 8th Aug 18, 11:14 AM
    Why say that? 8th Aug 18 at 11:14 AM
    Having said that someone I know is 'As daft as a brush ' I wondered why are brushes daft, if they are.

    How do these sayings come about and has anyone else got some intriguing ones?
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    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 8th Aug 18, 11:41 AM
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    There's no point having a cake if I can't eat it, I don't have an uncle Bob and why on earth would you put fish in a kettle?
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    • By NaughtiusMaximus 8th Aug 18, 11:43 AM
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    Having said that someone I know is 'As daft as a brush ' I wondered why are brushes daft, if they are.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    I prefer the Black Country version - "as saft as a bottle of pop"
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Aug 18, 11:56 AM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 11:56 AM
    Any why should I go to the foot of our stairs if I'm shocked?

    Bit difficult in a bungalow, anyway.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Aug 18, 12:27 PM
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    And why does one come over all unnecessary?








    Edit....by the way, I mean the original meaning of becoming all of a fluster, etc.
    Last edited by Pyxis; 08-08-2018 at 12:37 PM.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Aug 18, 12:33 PM
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    Re. the daft as a brush one, I'd always assumed that, because a brush has bristles, it looks a bit like a head with hair, but obviously, it has no brains.


    However, after a bit of a google, I found these two plausible explanations...........


    "THERE'S nothing daft about a brush. This "saying" is a meaningless southern English corruption of the entirely logical northern expression "soft as a brush". "Soft" means weak in the head, and the brush here is the tail of a fox."


    "WHEN you poke with a wet brush, you dab. When you poke with a dry brush, you daff. These words are onomatopoeic.

    When a brush has been daffed a great deal, its bristles splay out in all directions. The brush is then called "daft" and it becomes practically useless. Someone who is daft as a brush is unable to direct their concentration properly to the matter in hand."
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 8th Aug 18, 12:34 PM
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    why on earth would you put fish in a kettle?
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    because you want to cook it

    fish kettle
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Aug 18, 12:50 PM
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    Re. the daft as a brush one, I'd always assumed that, because a brush has bristles, it looks a bit like a head with hair, but obviously, it has no brains.


    However, after a bit of a google, I found these two plausible explanations...........


    "THERE'S nothing daft about a brush. This "saying" is a meaningless southern English corruption of the entirely logical northern expression "soft as a brush". "Soft" means weak in the head, and the brush here is the tail of a fox."


    "WHEN you poke with a wet brush, you dab. When you poke with a dry brush, you daff. These words are onomatopoeic.

    When a brush has been daffed a great deal, its bristles splay out in all directions. The brush is then called "daft" and it becomes practically useless. Someone who is daft as a brush is unable to direct their concentration properly to the matter in hand."
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Well, thank you very much. Interesting, Pyxis!
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    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 8th Aug 18, 12:54 PM
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    because you want to cook it

    fish kettle
    Originally posted by Valli
    I've never heard of one of those before, I've learnt something today
    • fibonarchie
    • By fibonarchie 8th Aug 18, 1:00 PM
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    There's no point having a cake if I can't eat it, I don't have an uncle Bob and why on earth would you put fish in a kettle?
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    Bob's your uncle apparently came from Prime Minister Robert 'Bob' Cecil, who gave his nephew Arthur Balfour a high-ranking post, just by virtue of being his nephew.
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Aug 18, 6:16 PM
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    So who was Fanny, as in Fanny's your aunt?
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Aug 18, 6:35 PM
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    So who was Fanny, as in Fanny's your aunt?
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    She was Bob's wife!
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Aug 18, 7:13 PM
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    Anyone got more odd sayings?


    We have a family one for someone who tries to put on a posh accent:

    Like Betty Miller saying the Lord's Prayer.
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 8th Aug 18, 7:36 PM
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    'Cute as a button' is a saying that has been used to describe my dog but even when I have looked up the possible origin/meaning I still don't get it
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    • fibonarchie
    • By fibonarchie 8th Aug 18, 8:15 PM
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    p*ssed as a newt?
    sober as a judge?

    I would have thought those 2 got muddled up somehow.
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    • By Kantankrus Mare 8th Aug 18, 10:14 PM
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    Nothing is really worth getting your knickers in a twist over.

    No idea where that expression comes from.
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 9th Aug 18, 8:44 AM
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    p*ssed as a newt?
    sober as a judge?

    I would have thought those 2 got muddled up somehow.
    Originally posted by fibonarchie





    Where would a newt get the booze?
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 10:51 AM
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    "Drunk as a skunk"

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 11:00 AM
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    "Drunk as a skunk"
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    I think that one is just for the assonance.

    It could just as easily be 'drunk as a punk' (which might be a better comparison, come to think of it!).
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 11:28 AM
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    I think that one is just for the assonance.

    It could just as easily be 'drunk as a punk' (which might be a better comparison, come to think of it!).
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Or 'Drunk as a Monk'?

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