Re: Idiom of the week
|From:||John Campbell <campbell.2006@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, December 9, 2007, 21:00|
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
> /'bU.lat lIs qy:s 'kEs.qE"ni:s d&jL a la 'ma~n.d@/
> "there are lizards' tails right up to the(/my)
> 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.
> Lost in thought - please send out search party
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