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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 851 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1083 times:

Search in Googles, but couldnt find:
"Better the devil you know"
"Cats miau"(old exp.?)
"Red heering"

Thx!

Micke//SE  Confused


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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1070 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Thread starter):
"Better the devil you know"

Better to do something with someone you know (and maybe don't like) than someone you know absolutely nothing about - ie. don't trust a stranger, stick with who you know, however bad.

Quoting Solnabo (Thread starter):
Red heering"

Red Herring - basically a false trail. Often sort of thing you get in murder mysteries and the like, where you are lead to believe that somebody committed the crime when actually it was someone else.

No idea how the saying came about though.....



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User currently offlineGofly From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1069 times:
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Quoting Solnabo (Thread starter):
"Better the devil you know"

http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/12/messages/612.html

Quoting Solnabo (Thread starter):
"Red heering"

http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/4/messages/696.html

I would explain them myself, but I'd probably muck it up.......



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1065 times:

Some more examples for you.

Idiom
better the devil you know

Meaning
A new devil could be worse than the old devil

Example
"Should we fire the coach?" "No - better the devil we know than the one we don't."

Idiom
Cats miau or "the cat's meow"

Meaning
somebody special

Example
When she wears diamonds, she thinks she's the cat's meow.

Idiom
Red herring

Meaning
A false issue

Example
She said, "Fluoride is a red herring. It's not important."

Quite a good site http://home.t-online.de/home/toni.goeller/idiom_wm/index.htm



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

My grans one (hails from the Midlands) is 'Dont get your cod in a pucker' which means same as 'dont get your wig wet' and 'dont get your knickers in a twist'

User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1065 times:

Well, this is my understanding :

"Better the Devil you know" means that you may be in a bad situation, but a change may be worse.

"Cat's Meow" means it's good, like the "Bee's Knees".

"Red Herring" means to divert attention, or to go down a false path.

Solnabo, have a look at this site http://www.phrases.org.uk/index.html



By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

Quoting DeskPilot (Reply 5):
"Cat's Meow" means it's good, like the "Bee's Knees".

And in the way that these do, it has developed over the years. "The cat's whiskers" is one version, and more recently "The dog's bollocks" has gained currency.



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
and more recently "The dog's bollocks" has gained currency.

Or as I like to say:

The Mutt's nuts Big grin



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

However, most places won't accept dogs bollocks as currency as they want hard cash. Bit like Scottish Pound notes really Big grin

Have a nice day y'all!

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 8):
Bit like Scottish Pound notes really

 bouncy 



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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 966 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
recently "The dog's bollocks" has gained currency

While it certainly is colourful, I don't quite see how it alludes to something desireable. crazy 

Logan

Note improper spelling of colourful. Wink


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 964 times:

I also like 'its not all beer and skittles' and 'sweet Fanny Adams'

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 909 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 10):
While it certainly is colourful, I don't quite see how it alludes to something desireable.

Because it's just a jokey development of the cat's miaow/whiskers. You know how our minds work when it comes to humour; you can't be that surprised, surely?  Wink



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 869 times:

This question is off topic:

My favorite group from the 80´s,The Human League, are from which town in UK????

They got an odd accent IMO (no offence!) Love them anyroad.....

Micke//SE  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineTitch From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 328 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 862 times:

Solnabo,

The Human League are originally from Sheffield.

Cheers,
Titch



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 860 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 13):
This question is off topic:

You're not kidding!  Wow!

Sure you meant to put it in this thread?

Anyway, the answer is Sheffield.



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User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 44
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 860 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 13):
My favorite group from the 80´s,The Human League, are from which town in UK????

They were from Sheffield.



Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineTitch From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 328 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 859 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 3):
Some more examples for you.

Idiom
better the devil you know

Meaning
A new devil could be worse than the old devil

Example
"Should we fire the coach?" "No - better the devil we know than the one we don't."

Or to give it a more recent spin:

Idiom
better the devil you know

Meaning
A new devil could be worse than the old devil

Example
"Should we elect John Kerry?"
"No - better the devil we know than the one we don't."


Sotty, I couldn't resist. Let the flaming begin.......  Yeah sure


Titch



I'll make weapons out of my imperfections
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 850 times:

Titch n Banco:

So its true what everyone here says about you blokes? That you are silly twerps? *KIDDING, or "just pulling youre leg"*

Micke/SE  stirthepot   Wink  Wink



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