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148081.  Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:52 pm Reply with quote

It's ok, I've nudged him.

148257.  Sat Feb 17, 2007 7:21 am Reply with quote

“On entering the drawing-room she found the whole party at loo, and was immediately invited to join them; but suspecting them to be playing high, she declined it.”

- Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen.

148475.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:45 am Reply with quote

A Fred responds:

And the answer is.....FALSE!

Elizabeth was considered to be rather fastidious about personal hygiene and was known to bathe four or more times a year. Bathing in the late 16th century was considered to be 'weakening', particularly for men, and opened the body up to disease. Information on Elizabeth's bathing habits are known from the records of the Domus Providenciae so we've a pretty good idea that she bathed a lot (by the standards of the day).

... so I'd call that one for the GI pot.

148493.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:45 am Reply with quote

And the forfeit should be -10 for 'once a year' but -50 for 'once a year whether she needed to or not'.

151857.  Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:27 am Reply with quote

Link from Electricity/Experiments to Euphemisms.

Benjamin Franklin came up over 200 euphemisms for drunkenness including:

piss'd in the brook
been with sir john goa
smelt of an onion


154664.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:42 pm Reply with quote

In Poland, I heard a curious (and rather poetic) euphemism for being very drunk. When a lucky person reaches that stage, he or she can claim "to be seeing a deer in blue underwear". Alternatively, others can say the same about someone who is (or appears) plastered.
Could find a place in Animal GI Book perhaps?

154685.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:36 pm Reply with quote

We have elephants in pink pyjamas to fulfil the same function around these parts.

Look! There goes one now!

154688.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:42 pm Reply with quote

That's no way to talk about Mrs Flash

154690.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:57 pm Reply with quote

She duzzen unnerstan' me, see? I got feelins too, you know. You're my bess mate, you know tha? Can I borrow a fiver till Friday? Cheers, mate. (slumps to floor)

155290.  Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:26 am Reply with quote

That was hilarious, guys!

I still think that "the deer in blue underwear" are more... er... poetic than elephants...

Questuion: Where in Poland can you see a deer in blue underwear?
Or smth like that...

158686.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:51 am Reply with quote

Is it true that in the US shuttlecocks are called “birds,” so as to avoid using the dreaded “rooster” word?

158688.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:57 am Reply with quote

Yes. Check out, for instance, the house rules of this badminton club in the Boston area (towards the bottom of the page):

"Shuttle" is perfectly well understood as well though.

158693.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:08 am Reply with quote


158698.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:19 am Reply with quote

Thanks, suze. Other than roosters for cocks and birds for shuttlecocks, I wonder if there are any other examples of Usian cock-avoidance?

158700.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:23 am Reply with quote



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