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solnabo
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Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 6:55 pm

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

Thx!

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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:07 pm

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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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:09 pm

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

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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:11 pm

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
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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:11 pm

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'
 
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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:11 pm

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
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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:29 pm

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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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:36 pm

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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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:36 pm

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

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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:17 pm

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

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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Tue Apr 12, 2005 7:03 am

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 

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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Tue Apr 12, 2005 7:04 am

I also like 'its not all beer and skittles' and 'sweet Fanny Adams'
 
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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Tue Apr 12, 2005 5:30 pm

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
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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:10 am

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.....

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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:16 am

Solnabo,

The Human League are originally from Sheffield.

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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:17 am

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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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:18 am

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

They were from Sheffield.
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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:19 am

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."


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RE: Need Help W English Sayings!

Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:48 am

Titch n Banco:

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

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