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Map of Idioms from Around the World
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Re: Fun & Funny
  • 5/24/2017 10:33:38 PM
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Never is my most favorite time for meetings, especially the unproductive ones!!!

Why do we keep going through the motions of meeting when nothing gets accomplished!?

Re: Fun & Funny
  • 5/23/2017 10:02:09 AM
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@Broadway - except nobody believes in reincarnation.

At least the speaker is making fun of the idea as being a remote, unlikely and distant proposition.

Yeah, it's never going to happen. And this is just a funny way of saying so -

One afternoon in your next reincarnation.

 

Re: Fun & Funny
  • 5/23/2017 9:58:00 AM
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A cartoon from The New Yorker years ago depicted an executive behind his desk thumbing through his calendar while on the phone, with the caption, "How about never? Is never good for you?"

LOL

@T Sweeney - Yes, never is perfect. Exactly what I had in mind too.

Re: All buttered up
  • 5/23/2017 7:03:29 AM
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Seth writes

 It takes a  cold country to come up with "There's no cow on the ice."   I would love to use a few of these at work or around friends and see if they can figure out what I mean. 

They'd probably be puzzled by some of the old Southern aphorisms my mother would quote when I was a child. Like, "They're as poor as Job's turkey." Or "It's cold enough to freeze the horns off a billy goat."

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Re: All buttered up
  • 5/23/2017 1:57:11 AM
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It is really funny how every culture comes up with it's own idioms that reflect not just their views but their envirnoment.   It takes a  cold country to come up with "There's no cow on the ice."   I would love to use a few of these at work or around friends and see if they can figure out what I mean. 

 

Re: Fun & Funny
  • 5/19/2017 11:37:45 PM
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Robert's map cites one idiom from the USA: "That dog won't hunt" (That excuse or explanation fails).

That's a Dr. Phil-ism (at least, Dr. Phil is the only human being I've ever heard actually use this phrase in conversation). Another Dr. Phil variant is: "I've got a dog in that hunt" (I've got an interest in that activity or enterprise).

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Re: Fun & Funny
  • 5/18/2017 5:11:40 PM
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My favorite is from Japan. Literally it means" even monkeys fall from trees". I guess humans everywhere make mistakes.

Re: Fun & Funny
  • 5/17/2017 10:01:25 PM
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Wait a second. If you believe in reincarnation, couldn't that saying be interpreted to mean, "Good things come to those who are patient"?

Re: All buttered up
  • 5/17/2017 12:06:59 PM
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I haven't tried any idioms on Google and Alexa, et al but it should be interesting to see how they react to all those expressions. Interesting article and how to map them out! I think I'll go have a pop now. (Midwestern for having a soft drink!)

Re: Fun & Funny
  • 5/17/2017 11:17:15 AM
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Love this post, I recently took my daughter on a trip to Ireland and she loved all the local idioms, it was a look at how in an another English speaking country people can still speak English differently. Now, I have a handbook-- another great add Robert. It makes us all aware of how AI will still be tricky to implement since language is so subjective.

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