Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#67338 - 04/25/02 06:43 PM stolen property
of troy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 10/17/00
Posts: 5400
Loc: rego park
To, I was asked about a help document that I have been sharing with users.. Some one called it My document, and i stopped, and corrected them, and pointed out, that in big letters, on the front, the document was created by another group, and i just found it very helpful, and was helping to distribute the information.. I continued..
"I don't want to steal their thunder, they did a great job!"
and the person looked at me, and said "i've never heard that before!"-- it took me a moment (did she mean no ever credited the other group before?) No she meant the expression-- I don't want to steal their thunder,
i don't know where i heard it.. or when i started to use it..

Does any one else use it? shall we explore it? or should i just google and take all the fun out of it?

_________________________
my other obsession

Top
#67339 - 04/25/02 06:57 PM Re: stolen property
Keiva Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/04/01
Posts: 2605
I admit to being a repeat user. [It's a Thor thubject in my home.]

Subject to eventual google, I assume that it has no connection with the line in the Notre Dame fight song: Shake down the thunder from the sky.


Top
#67340 - 04/25/02 07:44 PM Re: stolen property
Angel Offline
addict

Registered: 12/28/01
Posts: 688
There is a co-worker of mine who constantly says the wrong thing at the wrong time. The other day, he blurted out in our very busy office that a co-worker was pregnant. I said he shouldn't steal her thunder like that. He acted like I had two heads. I thought he was just too dumb to understand that it was her news to tell. Maybe he didn't understand the phrase?


Top
#67341 - 04/25/02 08:15 PM Re: stolen property
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear of troy: I thought I could find your phrase here, but failed. I suppose putting URLs in I&A is getting tiresome. And I can't remember if it is in Max's collection. Anyhow I guarantee it as a fun place to browse:

http://www.bootlegbooks.com/Reference/PhraseAndFable/Default.htm


Top
#67342 - 04/25/02 08:33 PM Re: stolen property
maverick Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/15/00
Posts: 4757
Yet another fine site you've got us into Bill ;) thanks

in honour of your catching mastery, may I humbly tender you a new acronym, knowing how fond you are of such things?

Fabulously interesting site here.

or FISH for short

keep peddlin', whereiffer you is shona!



Top
#67343 - 04/25/02 08:40 PM Re: stolen property
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear mav: You should see the ones that got away.


Top
#67344 - 04/25/02 08:52 PM Re: stolen property
maverick Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/15/00
Posts: 4757
the ones that got away

you'll just have to get more effishient in your trawl of the net ;)


Top
#67345 - 04/25/02 09:05 PM Re: stolen property
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
There is a Norse legend about Thor's hammer being stolen by Thrym, king of the Giants. I doubt that many of you would care to read it even though it is short. It might have given rise to of troy's phrase.

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/thrym.html



Top
#67346 - 04/25/02 09:28 PM Re: stolen property
talltales Offline
newbie

Registered: 04/21/02
Posts: 30
Loc: Seattle
Of course references to fish bring to mind the expression on my (then) ten-year-old nephew's face when I told him we kept old hospital records on microfiche. He, being a very smart little boy, looked up at me deadpan and said, "You mean like Uncle Jim's baby guppies?"


Top
#67347 - 04/25/02 09:35 PM Re: stolen property
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
I have seen some sad stories about "life expectancy" of microfiche. Worst of all, involving the Library of Congress, with no clue as to alternative storage. Even CDs don't last as long as first hoped.


Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >


Moderator:  Jackie 
Forum Stats
8687 Members
16 Forums
13783 Topics
213023 Posts

Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members
csmoore, Jane Luckner, anjela, MR LOGOPHILE, PlayRiter
8686 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 52 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
wofahulicodoc 77
LukeJavan8 61
endymion6 56
jenny jenny 50
Tromboniator 11
Faldage 5
Mercur10 1
Jane Luckner 1
MR LOGOPHILE 1
csmoore 1
April
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30

Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 2014 Wordsmith