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

It's ok, I've nudged him.

 
MatC
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.

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

A Fred responds:

Quote:
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.

 
Flash
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'.

 
eggshaped
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:

cherry-merry
groatable
nimtopsicle
piss'd in the brook
cherubimical
been with sir john goa
smelt of an onion


source1
source2
source3

 
Vitali
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?

 
Flash
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!

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

That's no way to talk about Mrs Flash

 
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)

 
Vitali
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...

 
MatC
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?

 
suze
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):

http://www.wolfberg.net/badminton/winchester/

"Shuttle" is perfectly well understood as well though.

 
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MatC
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?

 
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