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#20572 - 03/07/01 01:40 PM Re: strange phrases and usages
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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Anyway, what about "a shot in the arm"? I always thought of that like getting punched , or maybe poisoned, but a commercial on the radio uses it as if you're getting medicine

I've always associated the phrase with the idea of vaccinations, like the TB vaccinations that used to be given to all 13 year-olds here in NZ - a literal shot in the arm. Here at least, the phrase conveys the idea of a boost, a pick-me-up.

#20573 - 03/07/01 01:45 PM Re: a shot in the arm
tsuwm Offline
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>a boost, a pick-me-up

thus, for my uncle (a barkeep), the first drink of the day.

#20574 - 03/08/01 02:41 AM Re: strange phrases and usages
Capital Kiwi Offline
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I should have guessed it was from Latin. I wish that they still taught Latin. Probably everyone else would hate it though.

Hate to tell you this, Jimbo, but good schools DO still teach Latin ...

The idiot also known as Capfka ...

#20575 - 03/08/01 05:12 AM Re: strange phrases and usages
jimthedog Offline

Registered: 02/24/01
Posts: 387
Loc: Hartsville, New York.
In reply to:

Hate to tell you this, Jimbo, but good schools DO still teach Latin ...

Well, my school is getting worse. As of last year we had a French teacher, but she retired, or someting, so all the French students had to switch to Spanish. And probably the good schools are too expensive.

#20576 - 03/08/01 10:40 AM Re: strange phrases and usages
wow Offline
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schools DO still teach Latin

Indeedy they do! Our School Union High School -- which covers the small N. H. Seacoast towns -- has Latin class and a Latin Club.
{Puffing up with pride emoticon she noted that her Godson, Michael, received honors in Latin}
He found it most useful on a Senior trip (each student self financed) to Italy.
Dominus vobiscum, all.

#20577 - 03/08/01 04:12 PM Re: strange phrases and usages
of troy Offline
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Well, its true, they are, inspite of what politician tell you, decreasing the qualities of school.

I think, part of the problems is, we, (americans) don't really value children. I thinks some parents value their kids-- and sometimes act as if their kids could do no wrong-- but as a group, (adults) don't value children (as a group).

I live in nice middle class neighborhood-- but our local school was falling to peices-- and there was never any money in the budget to get something done, till one day- half of one of the walls collapsed into the school yard! Fortunately, there weren't any children in the school or yard at the time.

Still, Scott, you have several choices.. you are bright- and you could begin to learn latin on your own. there are latin clubs-- and no doubt, there are even latin bulletin boards, or web sites..

You might even find, that there are teachers in your school who know latin, and would be pleased to help you learn it. there are several people on this bulletin board who know and use latin-- you could be really nice to them... (Lucky you, I am not one of them!)

and you'll find, most dictionaries have an section in back-- with common latin words and phrases.. so you could begin to learn some things from tools at hand.

I have never taken a course in anatomy-- but when i fell, and broke a bone-- (and i knew it was broken before it was x-rayed) i knew which bone it was.. I sort of liked the idea that all the bones had names, and learned most of them... (much easier than latin, since there are only 200 some odd bones, and some like metacarpsuls get repeated.. vertibre, and phalanges, too) but the point is, it doesn't matter that your school is less than perfect and doesn't teach latin... you still can learn it.

my other obsession

#20578 - 03/08/01 04:21 PM Re: strange phrases and usages
Jazzoctopus Offline
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Registered: 07/03/00
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Loc: Cincinnati & Loveland, Ohio, U...
And probably the good schools are too expensive.

I beg to differ. Yes, the best schools are usually private ones, but there are 4 or 5 very good public school districts in my area. One of the schools was ranked nationally and another of the communities was at the top of a nicest-places-to-live-in-the-US list. Unfortunately though, there is obviously a correlation between income and school success.

#20579 - 03/08/01 04:30 PM Re: strange phrases and usages
jimthedog Offline

Registered: 02/24/01
Posts: 387
Loc: Hartsville, New York.
I tried finding someone who knew Latin last summer just before school started, but I didn't find anyone. Probably didn't look hard enough. One complaint, though. jimthedogII is the one who signs as Scott. I don't mind. Our usernames are almost exactly the same.


#20580 - 03/08/01 04:34 PM Re: strange phrases and usages
wow Offline
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Loc: New England, USA
New Hampshire is struggling with making schools across the state more equal in oportunity for learning ... and an idea from Legislature that taxing people in communities percieved to be more affluent should pay more school tax which would be used in poorer school district. Sounds good? What a mess. My town percieved to be one of the affluent towns because of cost of homes here which is because it's on the short seacoast. But there are lots of people in town struggling -- holding down two jobs apiece -- and a nearby town got some of the money and they used it to reduce taxes instead of putting it into schools.
Don't get me started. Oh, I did?

#20581 - 03/09/01 06:01 AM Re: strange phrases and usages
jimthedogII Offline

Registered: 03/05/01
Posts: 68
No, I'm the one who signs "Anu Garg"

-Anu Garg

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