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Old Sep 21st 2011, 8:37 pm
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Originally Posted by paranoidandroid View Post
Surely they only say that when referring to a non-event, such as american "football"?
Actually, it's pertinent and apropos to many, many situations. Sort of a "one-size-fits-all" kind of thing.
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Old Sep 21st 2011, 8:43 pm
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Ah, the emoticon queen actually speaks? So I get the honour of some actual words? Usually your reply "vocabulary" just consists of , to most posts.

You're right though, you don't think.. you'd need a brain to do that.

Could it be she uses pictures instead of words for those poor souls who have difficulty with the written word? I find that, for those who are so challenged, a simple "picture is worth a" complicated "thousand words".
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Could it be she uses pictures instead of words for those poor souls who have difficulty with the written word? I find that, for those who are so challenged, a simple "picture is worth a" complicated "thousand words".
To suggest that is to give credit where obviously none is due, you only have to look at every other post she makes. Anyway, she doesn't know a thousand words, let alone have the ability to string them all together intelligibly.
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Originally Posted by Egg and Cress View Post
Actually, it's pertinent and apropos to many, many situations. Sort of a "one-size-fits-all" kind of thing.
It's ok, don't feel bad, we don't care a rat's arse about American "football", either.
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Old Sep 21st 2011, 9:06 pm
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Do the expressions 'who gives a rat's ass' and 'utterly rat-arsed' share a common root?
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Old Sep 21st 2011, 9:11 pm
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It's ok, don't feel bad, we don't care a rat's arse about American "football", either.
What was that about...well, never mind. The least you could do, if you're going to use the phrase, is say it right! It's "give a rat's ass!
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What was that about...well, never mind. The least you could do, if you're going to use the phrase, is say it right! It's "give a rat's ass!
The way it goes here, I'd be less than surprised if the saying was "I could give a rats arse". Which would make as little sense as "I could care less".
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What was that about...well, never mind. The least you could do, if you're going to use the phrase, is say it right! It's "give a rat's ass!
From a purely observational standpoint - one has to conclude that there are vast hordes of rat's arses being stored in homes all across America, given the propensity of various people to use that phrase.

Similarly, given a phrase I like to use to dismiss the riff-raff, one could assume I spend my days in a state of permanent constipation.
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Old Sep 22nd 2011, 12:08 am
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Originally Posted by Egg and Cress View Post
Could it be she uses pictures instead of words for those poor souls who have difficulty with the written word? I find that, for those who are so challenged, a simple "picture is worth a" complicated "thousand words".
All I can say is she used to be friends with Rupert Murdoch.. hence the invention of 'The Sun' and page 3
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So I get the honour ?

You're right .
It's your lucky day!
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing View Post
Do the expressions 'who gives a rat's ass' and 'utterly rat-arsed' share a common root?
I've always heard it "utterly rat-faced - consequently, I see no reason to assume a common root - unless you count the common rat, as donor of both body parts, that is.
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I've always heard it "utterly rat-faced - consequently, I see no reason to assume a common root - unless you count the common rat, as donor of both body parts, that is.
'Twasn't important, I was just stirring the shit
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It's your lucky day!
Hardly, you're still responding to me.
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'Twasn't important, I was just stirring the shit
Rat stirrer.
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Rat stirrer.
Not sure about rat-stirrer, but according to the Oxford English Dictionary;

1967 American Speech 42 229 Rat-fúcker, a tool, usually made from a straight piece of metal coat hanger, approximately six to ten inches long, with a ninety degree bend two inches from each end, in such a manner that it ultimately has the shape of an old car crank handle.

Does anyone know what it is used for?
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