People have shared some hilarious, awkward, and strikingly accurate phrases on my Strange Phrases post. I am compiling a list of the the best colloquialisms! Let’s share more!
Think of your favorite phrase (or one you love to hate), post it in the comments, and don’t forget to explain it’s meaning. The best are always the ones local to you, e.g.-Southern, Eastern, Irish, etc. Feel free to invite others to participate too!
After I have compiled the best of the best, I will share them in an awesome post for all to see.
Thanks for participating!
(A colloquialism is a word or phrase that is not formal or literary, typically one used in ordinary or familiar conversation)
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“It’s nothing to poke a stick at.”
A good New Zealand one is ‘She’ll be right’ – laconically stated, meaning ‘that will work’. It’s less in use now than it used to be.
“How you fixed for spit?” My father’s favorite used after a person has asked repeatedly for things that they themselves should provide. For example: “Can I borrow a saw?” “Do you have a piece of wood?” “Can I use that pencil?”
“How you fixed for spit?” would be the appropriate reply.
The right phrase would be, “it’s nothing worth shaking a stick at”, which means whatever that thing is, it has zero value, it’s not worth getting worried over or fight. This comes from a stick being a weapon and shaking it at your opponent would mean you were threatening them
From Las Vegas, NV:
Weekend Warriors; people who come to Las Vegas to work only on the weekends… entertainers.
Black Booked; when you are banned from anywhere in town. The term came to be when mobsters were banned from casinos during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. It still goes on, just not as out in the open.
“Why don’t you cash out and we’ll get going?” That means stop what your doing or put your stuff away and let’s go.
“We’re dark on Thursdays.” That means we’re closed on Thursdays…usually used in theaters for when there is no show.
“You better watch out or you’ll be feeding the fishes!” Referring to the rumors of many mobsters at the bottom of Lake Mead.
“You gonna take the Extraterrestrial Highway? Referring to the road leading to Area 51.
“30 second drenching” referring to the short, heavy rains we get in the desert.
“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.”
“Let the dog see the rabbit”
What does that mean!?! I haven’t heard that one before. 🙂
Some South and East London slang for you:
“It’s bait” as in “it’s obvious”
“I’ll meet you at the top of the apples and pears” as in “I’ll meet you at the top of the stairs”