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Re: Idiom of the week

From:John Campbell <campbell.2006@...>
Date:Sunday, December 9, 2007, 21:00
ah, idioms.
He's ignoring the crabs.(He's not paying attention to my situation)
He needs to start lighting candles.(He should take a break(he's
worrying too much))
The first one comes from a dream I had when I was...5 or so. There
were crabs all over the floor, and I was
stranded on top of a chair. I was in a post office, and my dad (dy)
was checking the mail, but he wasn't paying
attention to me. The second one comes from a vision of a man snuffing
out a couple of trick candles, even
though they kept lighting themselves.
On Dec 8, 2007 10:47 AM, Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...> wrote:
> A while back somebody (I forget who) posted an 'idiom > du jour' and invited others to post some of their > peculiar idioms. > > I liked the idea, so here is another one of mine: > > Bulat lis qùs kesqenis dàill a la mande > /' lIs qy:s 'kEs.qE"ni:s d&jL a la 'ma~n.d@/ > "there are lizards' tails right up to the(/my) > forehead" > > ie, "I'm in the middle of 1001 things, all of them > urgent and most of them annoying". > > This was generated through working with my > father-in-law; a diehard workaholic if ever there was > one - he's constantly "up to my eyeballs in > alligators" as he puts it. > Ever on the lookout for a descriptive phrase, and not > wanting to pilfer it wholesale, I cast around for > something similarly apt. > > Also, this idiom showcases the new Franj genitive: -ni > with front-vowels, -nu with back-vowels. I've been > getting steadily more irritated with the language's > lack of a simple, concise genitive, so I decided to > just go ahead and break with its French ancestry and > create a Turkic-inspired genitive form. > > Feel free to post your own idioms. > > Geoff > > ===== > > Lost in thought - please send out search party > > > ___________________________________________________________ > Support the World Aids Awareness campaign this month with Yahoo! For Good > >