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Re: Common World Idioms

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Saturday, February 7, 2004, 1:15
--- Steve Cooney <stevencooney@...> wrote:

> This is an extremely good one, mostly because > its puzzling about what it actually means in > *English to > begin with, let alone its connection to > another. > I have no idea why "gall" is a colloquialism at > all - > perhaps it's partly onomonopaeic, (what grunty > words arent).
It is (onomotopoetic), but for an entirely different reason. Gall, is a thick, alkaline, extremely bitter fluid, secreted (oddly enough) by your gall bladder. I suspect that when one says "oo, the gall!" means "how bitter and unpalatable are his actions!" Especially understood if you've ever spit up some gall! (I don't know if that's the real reason or not! ;) Padraic. ===== kâsu ñomklyu tsrasi&#347;&#347;i &#347;äk kälymentwam! -- Punyavantajâtaka -- Ill Bethisad -- <> Come visit The World! -- <> .