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#72445 - 06/14/02 04:11 PM Re: As happy as...
dodyskin Offline
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Loc: manchester uk
the shambles reference was confusing as in manchester the shambles has always meant the fish market (where fish-wives scream their opinions). since the bomb the shambles ( est around 1580) was relocated but still boasts an oyster pub. i thought the shambles was exclusively a term for fish market, or dodgy dealing place for hawkers of questionable repute


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#72446 - 06/14/02 05:27 PM Re: As...as
FishonaBike Offline
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Registered: 10/11/00
Posts: 1346
Loc: Sussex, England
"as mad as cheese" and "as mad as eggs"


Brilliant!

Robert, in case you didn't know yet, perhaps we need to explain that a "Mancunian" is someone from Manchester, England. Mancunians have a culture all of their own, as witness the phrases above

Actually Manchester is probably renowned worldwide for its football (erm, soccer) and should be for some of its music. Which doesn't detract from the fact that most Mancunians are mad as toast.



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#72447 - 06/14/02 05:49 PM Shambles.
FishonaBike Offline
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in manchester the shambles has always meant the fish market

Nice meeting you dody - another fellow Brit, and yet another set of pronunciations for the Board!

Yeah, that reference on shambles (confused onlookers please see my previous post for happy as a sandboy link) talks about the wooden bench upon which butchers used to display, and maybe carve up, their wares. Maybe fishmongers used something similar?

As for "dodgy dealings", you still get those at markets, eh?

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#72448 - 06/14/02 07:59 PM Re: Shambles.
alexis Offline
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Registered: 04/30/02
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Loc: Melbourne, Aus
Hmm, a thread that I started, and now I'm dancing a merry tangent... a shambles, to me, is a mess, a cock-up, close to a disaster sometimes. I knew the other meanings (particularly its geog origin) but that's the most common here in Aus.


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#72449 - 06/14/02 08:06 PM Re: As...as
Keiva Offline
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Registered: 08/04/01
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Well, MG and WC, I assumed Igneous to be the most hot-headed, sedementary the laziest, metamorphic the most amenable to change.

Wasn't there a thread quite some time ago where each of noted the rock which best exemplifies him or her? I think I was some sedimentary rock or other.


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#72450 - 06/14/02 08:10 PM As smart as Einstein
Keiva Offline
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As dumb as a box of rocks.

An odd fleeting thought is that Albert Einstein's surname means a stone. Somehow, though, I don't think that "as smart as a stone" will ever come to mean "as smart as Einstein".



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#72451 - 06/14/02 08:13 PM Re: As ... as
Angel Offline
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Registered: 12/28/01
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As nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers!


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#72452 - 06/14/02 10:13 PM Re: As smart as Einstein
Geoff Offline
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Registered: 11/12/00
Posts: 819
Loc: Portland,Oregon, USA
Albert Einstein's surname means a stone.

Yeah, well, it does give a new twist to somebody claiming to be "stoned."


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#72453 - 06/14/02 10:40 PM how we roared!
modestgoddess Offline
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Registered: 02/18/02
Posts: 833
Loc: Eastern Ontario, Canada
as cunning as a very cunning fox that has just become professor of cunning at cunning university (off 'Blackadder' the telly programme)

and

as camp as a row of tents

made me laugh out loud!

This is a great thread - I'm enjoying it so much!

From Tennessee Williams - and not as funny as the above:

as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof
(or was it "as restless as"? - that somehow makes more sense)


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#72454 - 06/14/02 11:43 PM Re: how we roared!
Geoff Offline
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Registered: 11/12/00
Posts: 819
Loc: Portland,Oregon, USA
as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof
I once heard somebody Spoonerize this as "...a tit on a hot can roof." OUCH!

As important as a fart in a firestorm


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