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#16601 - 01/24/01 04:24 PM Re: While v. whilst
Loc: San Francisco, CA
I, too, have heard the phrase "all over someone like a cheap suit", but not in the rain. I have heard it mistakenly said to mean "passionately caressing"
I've heard this usage in the US.
like white on rice
I had forgotten this one - my new favorite.
#16602 - 01/24/01 04:30 PM Re: cheap suit
Loc: this too shall pass
>mistakenly said to mean "passionately caressing"
probably due to some cheap imitation of a Mickey Spillaine thriller or the following Kiss lyric:
I saw my picture hangin' on her wall
She cut it out of that magazine
It was a hot day, she wore lingerie
And nothin' else in between, ooh
She had long hair and thigh high snake skin boots
And she was all over me like a cheap suit
#16603 - 01/25/01 09:01 AM Re: Wet Noodle
Loc: Ohio, USA
Yes "like a wet noodle" is used a lot. "Limp as a wet noodle", "moves like a wet noodle", and when actually boiling noodles I guess you are supposed to test them by throwing one against the wall---if it sticks to the wall--it is done. (I just boil the noodles for 8 minutes)"Like a wet noodle" is used also to describe someone or something who cannot stand up, either phisically or lacking in assertiveness.
#16604 - 01/25/01 09:04 AM Re:wet noodle
Loc: Ohio, USA
Also "Like a wet noodle" can also mean draped. Which is what is meant by "all over them like a wet noodle" Or just plain and simple "on their case"
#16605 - 01/25/01 09:18 AM Re: Boiling noodles
bikermom comments, anent cooking pasta: I guess you are supposed to test them by throwing one against the wall
I suppose if your goal is pasta that sticks to the wall. Personally I taste a few as the time draws near.
#16606 - 01/25/01 09:21 AM He was all over that like...
Loc: Portland, Oregon
...stink on a monkey!
#16607 - 01/25/01 09:39 AM The alotted span
Over this side of the pond, spanner is the much more common term. They are differentiated as open s-, ring s-, box s-, adjustable s-, tab s-, etc. The only thing that is usually called a wrench is the very large adjustable spanner with spring loading, known here as a "Stillson Wrench" or usually just as a Stillson. (maybe that only has one "l")
#16608 - 01/25/01 10:48 AM As my original question sinks slowly in the West
I have come to think that this while/whilst thing is just another case of the Anglophon()es twitting the poor US'ns. They don't come clean here I'mo go back to using the "M" word.
#16609 - 01/25/01 11:49 AM Re: Boiling noodles
Loc: Ohio, USA
Actually as mom of two boys, I have enough sticking to my walls----the noodles get there somehow and I don't even have to throw them. As for testing----if they're not stiff or burnt, they must be done--hopefully I get to them before the water is boiled off.
#16610 - 01/25/01 04:25 PM Re: cooking
Loc: New England, USA
My dad, not noted for his culinary skills, used to say
"When it's black it's done!"
Later, my son adapted it to "When the smoke detector goes off, it's ready."
All who are reading this are at liberty to use when/if the occasion arises.
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