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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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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 9th Aug 18, 11:36 AM
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    Cowards never start, the weak never finish, and winners never quit.

    The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 9th Aug 18, 11:44 AM
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    Cowards never start, the weak never finish, and winners never quit.

    The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete


    They sound quite serious, Pete!

    Military origins?
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 11:47 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
    !!!!ed as a newt was interesting.

    One source gave this:

    "In Nelson's time Royal Navy junior ensigns were known as "newts." Being so young it didn't take much rum to become inebriated. Hence the expression."

    Another source suggested that it was down to Victorian professional mourners being called newts, and going from funeral to funeral, having to have a drink at each.
    But why were they called newts?

    I can understand why young sailors might be called newts, but not mourners.

    Another source suggested it was due to newts walking in a very ungainly way on land, with a side-to-side wobble, (whereas in the water, they are very sleek).





    By the way, newt was originally ewt.

    It was one of the words that took the n from an, so that an ewt morphed into a newt.
    Last edited by Pyxis; 09-08-2018 at 3:25 PM.
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 9th Aug 18, 1:03 PM
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    They sound quite serious, Pete!

    Military origins?
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    Yes Polly. There are literally thousands, the vast majority quite humerous. Here's a few....

    http://pussersrum.com/announcements/navy-slang-phrases-from-the-past-we-want-to-bring-back/

    I had a funny one written on one of my appraisals when I worked for the Foreign Office. It went....."Peter could be a fine Management Officer were it not for his rustier manifestations!" I didn't contest it and took it as a badge of honour, I was resigning anyway a week later.
    • UncannyScot
    • By UncannyScot 9th Aug 18, 1:51 PM
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    Military slang is wonderful
    Being from a military family I think I've heard most of them at some point or other
    Check this out
    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Glossary_of_British_military_slang_and_ex pressions
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    • Tallaght
    • By Tallaght 9th Aug 18, 2:36 PM
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    As thick as 2 short planks.

    The light is on but no one is at home

    A sandwich short of picnic
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 9th Aug 18, 3:15 PM
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    The factory idiot who walks around with a piece of paper stuck to his back which reads.....BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED!
    Last edited by PompeyPete; 09-08-2018 at 3:37 PM.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 9th Aug 18, 3:32 PM
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    Th.e factory idiot who walks around with a piece of paper stuck to his back which reads.....BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED!
    Originally posted by PompeyPete


    I love that one. Poor dab, though.

    Now, I wonder why we South Walians say 'poor dab".
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 3:36 PM
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    One which had me completely stumped for a few years was

    " He's not as green as he's cabbage-looking".

    Then one day something went ping in my brain, (probably the 'on'-switch), and I suddenly twigged.
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 9th Aug 18, 3:39 PM
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    One which had me completely stumped for a few years was

    " He's not as green as he's cabbage-looking".

    Then one day something went ping in my brain, (probably the 'on'-switch), and I suddenly twigged.
    Originally posted by Pyxis


    One of my mother's favourites was that!

    Usually about herself if I was trying to pull the wool over her eyes.

    Oh, now, there's another one!
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 9th Aug 18, 3:40 PM
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    "He'd be out of his depth in a car park puddle!".....no it wasn't my Reporting officer having another dig.
    Last edited by PompeyPete; 10-08-2018 at 6:03 AM.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 3:40 PM
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    One which had me completely stumped for a few years was

    " He's not as green as he's cabbage-looking".

    Then one day something went ping in my brain, (probably the 'on'-switch), and I suddenly twigged.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    I don't get it. Maybe it was a purple cabbage that he looked like.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 4:02 PM
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    I don't get it. Maybe it was a purple cabbage that he looked like.
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    If someone is cabbage-looking, they have a cabbage for a head, which means they are daft, because as any fule noes, cabbages don't have brains.
    Green, as well as being a colour, also implies someone is naive or inexperienced.
    Plus, cabbages are green. (Forget about the red ones for the moment!)

    So, when someone looks (or acts) like a gormless twit, but is actually quite an astute person, you say that they are not as green as they are cabbage-looking, or to put it another way, they aren't as daft as they look.
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    • Exile_geordie
    • By Exile_geordie 9th Aug 18, 4:36 PM
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    If someone is cabbage-looking, they have a cabbage for a head, which means they are daft, because as any fule noes, cabbages don't have brains.
    Green, as well as being a colour, also implies someone is naive or inexperienced.
    Plus, cabbages are green. (Forget about the red ones for the moment!)

    So, when someone looks (or acts) like a gormless twit, but is actually quite an astute person, you say that they are not as green as they are cabbage-looking, or to put it another way, they aren't as daft as they look.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    What about the white cabbages then?
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 5:18 PM
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    What about the white cabbages then?
    Originally posted by Exile_geordie
    Shut up!


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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 5:53 PM
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    What about the white cabbages then?
    Originally posted by Exile_geordie
    They're all white. They don't look stoopid.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 9:02 PM
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    Victoria Wood was a Grand Master at inventing funny sayings!

    What a loss.
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 10th Aug 18, 6:02 AM
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    Victoria Wood was a Grand Master at inventing funny sayings!

    What a loss.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Tim Vine's not bad either...

    "What do you call a lady with big teeth that sleeps in the afternoon?.....Siesta Rantzen.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 10th Aug 18, 8:57 AM
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    Tim Vine's not bad either...

    "What do you call a lady with big teeth that sleeps in the afternoon?.....Siesta Rantzen.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete


    I wish I could remember Tim Vine's one-liners! And he delivers them soooo fast, too.
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 10th Aug 18, 11:10 AM
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    I wish I could remember Tim Vine's one-liners! And he delivers them soooo fast, too.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    Come on Polly, let Google be your friend....."Tim Vine, one line jokes."
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