Idiom of the week
|From:||Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 8, 2007, 14:47|
A while back somebody (I forget who) posted an 'idiom
du jour' and invited others to post some of their
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.
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