Phrases we still use that no longer make sense

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  1. Londonboy

    Londonboy Well-Known Member

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    Nah, over here it's a generic term for anything that heats water (except a kettle or saucepan), it's also a slang term for a fat girl.
     
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  2. OmerV

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    Dude, I was trying to prop up your image and I thought cave sounded better than under a bush.
     
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  3. Runwildboys

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    Bushes aren't for shelter.......Bushes are for eating.
     
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  4. OmerV

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    Still haven't figured out how to use a spear and the secret of fire have you?
     
  5. Runwildboys

    Runwildboys Well-Known Member

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    What are those?
     
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  6. Reverend Conehead

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    In Titanic, elderly Rose says, "Wasn't I a dish?" to mean "Wasn't I a babe?" I'm not sure how "dish" came to mean someone was good looking or if it applied to only women or both sexes. It must refer to some kind of meaning that has gone away. Maybe it refers to a good looking person reflected in a shiny, new dish. Anyone know?
     
  7. Runwildboys

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    I've only ever heard it used about women, and I'd assume it's meant to say she's "tasty".
     
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  8. YosemiteSam

    YosemiteSam Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    This, it is a reference to tasty or something you would like to eat. That dirty old lady!
     
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  9. Reverend Conehead

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    Oh, the dish as in the meal, not the plate. I get it.
     
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  10. Londonboy

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    It's derived from dishy, which is an olde English word for attractive.
    There is a Mills and Boone novel called "Seduced by Dr Dishy", I shelved a stack of ;'em yesterday at work.
     
  11. timb2

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    CORTEX---the outer layer of the cerebrum (the cerebral cortex), composed of folded gray matter and playing an important role in consciousness.

    I hear that Occasional Cortex is the New Age and is rotting of one's mind with figments of delusion and paranoia. Symptoms consist of making up fuzzy math that doesn't add up and thinking the world is going to end and dancing like a nitwit.
     
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  12. OmerV

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    If that's the case, then it would really be a compliment if I called a woman "lasagna", or "prime rib".
     
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  13. Reverend Conehead

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    In the 19th century and very early 20th, a machine that flies would be called a "flying machine." The word "airplane" had not been invented yet.
     
  14. Runwildboys

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    or cheesecake.......Oh wait!
     
  15. OmerV

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    I'm thinking there may be groups that would object to prime rib or cheesecake, although I can't imagine why. Either is a pretty serious compliment.
     
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  16. daboyzruleperiod

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    :muttley::thumbup:
     
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  17. CalPolyTechnique

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    “I’m sorry.”
    “I was wrong.”
    “That was rude of me.”
     
  18. daschoo

    daschoo Slanje Va

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    Must be a London/English thing, never heard either of those up here.
     
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  19. Londonboy

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    You Guys have Your own unique language/slang, My 1st ever flat was shared with a Glaswegian and a Scouser, We used to take turns confusing each other.
     
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