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lorry
BRONZE Member since May 2004

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Location: cheltenham, gloucestershire

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

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Location: Stevenage

Total posts: 883
Posted:Roman coins:
I don't get it... was it the fashion to leave your money lying around?


Monkeys monkeys and bananas

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dingbat6258


dingbat6258

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Location: Wollongong, NSW

Total posts: 3
Posted:Here ya go, Does anyone know why they call it 'Raining Cats and Dogs'??????????

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Mynci
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...

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

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
SILVER Member since Mar 2004

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Location: home of the tiney toothy bear

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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