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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by CalicoSkies, Apr 17, 2020.

  1. Thrup'ny Bit

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    You're going to do what with some bagpipes and a pony? :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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    In Morocco it’s a fezboard
     
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    Yes, different meaning in the UK
     
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    Of course in the US and Canada it's actually spelled aluminum and not aluminium which is why it's pronounced aloominum and not owloomineeum.
     
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    Victorian English xD

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    Another thing I thought of is that when I was growing up, the footwear shown below were called "thongs", but at some point, people started calling them "flip-flops", and a thong became a type of underwear. I'm not sure why that changed, and I've heard in other parts of the world, these are still called "thongs". And I know people who say they've always called these "flip-flops" and have always known a "thong" to be a type of underwear.. Seems odd to me.. ??
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    Always flip flops over here.

    Thongs in the past in the US not sure if the word is in current use.

    "T-shirts, cut-offs, and a pair of thongs", from All Summer Long by the Beach Boys.
     
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    I was a child in the 80s and had heard them called "thongs" then. So it seems some time between the 80s and now (I probably first noticed it in the late 90s or early 00s), thongs suddenly became flip-flops and a thong became underwear.
     
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    In Oz they're still called thongs. we call the other thong a g-string.
     
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    I've heard g-string in the US too.. so, yeah, I'm not sure what that's all about.
     
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    And in NZ they're "Jandals" - which i was told recently is a contraction of "Japanese sandals"... seems believable .
     
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    Always flip flops here too.
     
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    Start at 4.00 minutes

     
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    Interesting! What do they call japanese toilet slippers? Yes, the Japanese have special slippers for going to the toilet - and boy, do they have amazing toilets!
     
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    Well, you can't have your cake and eat it, too.

     
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    Back in the late 70s, I went to look at an MG 1100. I couldn’t find the hood release. Finally it dawned on me, pull the knob with the “B” on it for bonnet! You learn a lot of arcane jargon from British car manuals. Spanners, set pins, offer up, earth a wire instead of grounding it, etc. I loved a phrase in my ‘57 MGA manual - “Repair, replace, or replenish, as required”. That covers just about everything a car could need!
     
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    Everybody gets this one wrong! This guy actually explained it - but then failed to correct it.
    In order for it to make sense it has to be, "You can't eat your cake and have it, too."
     
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    "Knock knock."

    "Who's there?"

    "It is I."

    WTF?
     
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