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Do you use any unusual idioms?
An idiom is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g., raining cats and dogs). An idiot is a Teabagger (e.g., Sarah Palin). Now that we have cleared that up, let's talk about idioms.
Idioms are a source of great pleasure to logophiles but a pain in the ass to people trying to learn a new language. How do you explain "raining cats and dogs" to someone trying to learn English? Or "everything but the kitchen sink."
My mother used to say she was "busier than a bee in a tar bucket." I still use that one sometimes and get strange looks from people. But I have actually observed a yellow jacket buzzing around a tar bucket as a kid so I get it.
I heard a good one on the NPR show A Way with Words yesterday on my way to the Indianapolis Kossacks meetup. A caller said when she was a girl that when she was swinging on a swing set, if someone began swinging in synch with her, she would say, "Get out of my bathtub." I have never heard that expression before, but I think it's great. Neither of the hosts had heard it either. One of the hosts speculated with two theories: (1) When one was elevated on the swing, one was in a position similar to being in a bathtub or (2) it referred to the scooped out ground underneath a swing which resembles a bathtub in shape. There are various explanations on Teh Tubz.
This is off-topic, but speaking of that NPR show, a caller also inquired about the word meetup. He was an older guy and complained that the new president of his organization (I forget what it was) had begun using the term Meetup with a capital "m." The caller wondered why he didn't call them "meetings" and why he used a capital letter. The host explained that there was a website called meetup.com and perhaps that was why he capitalized it, although he shouldn't capitalize it unless the rules of grammar called for it. He also noted that meeting was a more formal term, implying a podium and an agenda. A meetup was more a casual get together involving people with similar interests. It was funny that I was moments away from my first Kossack group meetup when I heard that description. I wondered what the poor old guy would think of "meat-up."
Well, back to idioms. I like vivid ones like "the lights are on but nobody's home" and "don't cry over spilled milk." On the NPR show they also talked about the term "cracker jack," as in "GTP is a cracker jack plumber" or "Hunter is a cracker jack satirist" or "side pocket is a cracker jack pool player."
Just remember not to mislead someone trying to learn English when you say someone has "lost his head" or needs to "shake a leg."
So how about you?
Raining cats and dogs courtesy fizmarble.com
Swings courtesy kayeway.blogspot.com
Cracker Jack courtesy turnofthecenturyamerica.blogspot.com
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud
Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.• Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney
• Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol
• Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS
• Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem
• Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo
• Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid
• West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba
• Las Vegas Kossacks: Kosmail miracle11
• Vermont Kossacks: Kosmail 4Freedom
• Silicon Valley Kossacks: Kosmail Glen The PlumberNote to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
NEW GROUPS LIST:
• Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]
ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)
L-R: Some where in this photo are Kossacks Glitterscale, Man Oh Man and tmservo433.
Please visit tmservo433's diary for a description of the rest of the attendees which were mostly non-Kossacks, but folks who should be there, such as, State Legislator John Wright. tmservo433 gathered a great group of Progressives and hopefully we can get a few more of them to join us at DKos. Kudos to tmservo433 for reaching out and uniting like-minded folk in Missouri!
L-R: SFKossacks meeting at the home of Andrew McGuire in the Wine Country
Asheville, NC gets out the vote!
The following is a brief roundup of the DKos Asheville Voter Registration Project's fourth outing. We've been setting up every Tuesday now for the last four weeks at Earth Fare, a natural food store at Westgate Shopping Center in Asheville. We have a nice spot on the patio outside the store. This time with less people but more snow, freezing weather and a killer wind!
My favorite excerpt from randallt's diary:
Mystery Kossack?You can join DKos Asheville by sending a Kosmail to randallt.
When I was inside getting my pizza, a woman came up to David with a great story. She was recently reading Daily Kos and had seen our pictures from one of our diaries or in the New Day daily post. On her way to the store today she was wondering if she might see us and she did. She was thrilled.
Wednesday, October 30th
I-77 Kossacks Last Minute Meet-up
ORGANIZERS: Fineena and SteelerGrrl
L-R: Fineena, Steelergrrl, steelerdude, edrie, eeff, Poz, cskendrick
Reporting diary: I-77 Kossacks mini-meetup 10/30, updated with better photo
Sunday, November 17th
Los Angeles Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: The Luggage Room Pizzeria
260 S. Raymond Avenue • Pasadena
ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: LA Kossacks: Meetup: Sunday, November 17, 2 PM, The Luggage Room, Pasadena: UPDATE
1. Dave in Northridge
4. Joe Bacon
7. DontTaseMeBro's husband
13. Richard (Mr. Lisa)
Sunday, November 24th
Colorado COmmunity Kossacks Meet-up
LOCATION: Annie's Cafe & Bar
3100 E Colfax • Denver
ORGANIZER: Send ColoTim a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Colorado Meetup November 24th
2. Phoenix Rising
Saturday, December 7th
Connecticut Kossacks Meet-up!
LOCATION: The Shamrock Pub & Grill
210 Meadow St. • Waterbury
The Shamrock is a short walk from the MTA Metro North Station. If anyone wants to take Amtrak, thankgodforairamerica can pick you up in Meriden and drive you to the event.
ORGANIZER: Send thankgodforairamerica a kosmail to attend.
And for those with great fortitude:
TIME: 3:00 PM? or so (if you're not too tanked...)
LOCATION: Waterbury Skating Center
60 Harvester Road • Waterbury
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
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