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lorry
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Location: cheltenham, gloucestershire
Member Since: 8th May 2004
Total posts: 19
Posted:Ok this is a conversation that we were having in the pub last nite. beerchugDoes anyone know the origins for any phrases we use today?

e.g do u know why prison guards are called screws?
coz in the olden days prisoners as punishement had to continously turn this wheel 500 times an hour (it didnt do anything, it was just a punishment). every hours the prison guards would come around and tighten the screws to make it more difficult.

ta da! information u couldnt live without smile

any more like this let me know .. ubbidea

(as u can prob tell im supposed 2 b doing work and am bored) x


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GottaLoveIt
GottaLoveIt

Sponge
Location: Stevenage
Member Since: 21st Sep 2003
Total posts: 883
Posted:Roman coins:
I don't get it... was it the fashion to leave your money lying around?


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dingbat6258
dingbat6258

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Location: Wollongong, NSW
Member Since: 22nd Sep 2005
Total posts: 3
Posted:Here ya go, Does anyone know why they call it 'Raining Cats and Dogs'??????????

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Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted:several thoughts on this...
1- that after heavy rainfall and poor drainage dead animals would be found washed up onto street after storms

2- the noise of a heavy storm akin to a dog and a cat fighting
or
3- from thatched roof times, when it rained hard, animals came into the house from the roof.


A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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dingbat6258
dingbat6258

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Location: Wollongong, NSW
Member Since: 22nd Sep 2005
Total posts: 3
Posted:third one was close Mynci,
THe old thatch roofs made of like straw and stuff where the warmest part of the house and the animals used to sleep there but when it rained it went all mushy and they would fall through. clap


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Mr Majestik
Mr Majestik

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Location: home of the tiney toothy bear
Member Since: 9th Mar 2004
Total posts: 4693
Posted:the Kiwi Bird is the national symbol for New Zealand, so its sort of an obvious nickname anyway, however the Kiwi shoe polish is an Australian shoe polish brand that is one of the biggest shoe polish companies in the world, i dont know about the war but now it holds about two thirds of the american market

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

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