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Originally Posted by zbenson
This is a thread about old slang words people still use.
Drop a dime ( make a phone call)
Different parts of the country, drop a dime, means to rat somebody out.
Originally Posted by Murphcoair
Gotta be careful using that one.
Dog and pony show= An elaborate presentation orchestrated to gain approval, as for a policy or product.
as in a HVAC sales pitch
Originally Posted by the dangling wrangler
The Last four letters
American = I Can, Republican = I Can, Democrats = Rats
Well, I guess it could be.
Originally Posted by jmac00
I was thinkin' more like a used car salesman though.
I understand what you're saying.
Originally Posted by the dangling wrangler
But back when, we used to use the term when indicating some staged event, elaborate formal procedure, ceremony, etc that was meant to copy "the real deal", but which was a pretty poor imitation ... but thought good enough by those staging it to impress the dumb local yokels.
i.e. The old dog and pony shows that'd put on their shows in little towns too small for a real circus to visit. Real low rent, low budget events trying hard to imitate a real circus ... going through all the motions to at least pretend they were just like the real thing.
For what its worth, I can remember that as a youth I attended a couple such. They billed themselves as a "circus", but grandpa called em dog and pony shows. However, we still went. Fact was, wasn't likely we'd see anything better locally. Back in that time and place, there wasn't much for local entertainment, so it didn't take much to draw a local crowd.
Chuckle, it came to my attention, even at my youthful age at the time, that the basic formula for such a dog and pony show to attract the adult men ... so that they'd bring their families ... was pretty simple. Have lots of beer to sell at a reasonable price ... and have a few reasonably pretty ladies on staff dressed in not so much. Not so much, for the time. Dresses that ended above the knees, or exotic gypsy skirts slit up the sides, or a costume equivalent to the standard (conservative) one piece swimsuit of today. In that time and place, adult men RARELY ever had a chance to see much skin on a female they weren't married to. They'd drag the family to the dog and pony show ... just for that.
Anyway, I've always thought of a used car salesman more as a flimflam man or snake oil salesman.
Terms I still use to this day. Have had to explain them to my kids and grand kids, tho.
Where I work we've been using gription for several years. Also have another one- toolage. "I'm gonna get some toolage and go on the roof and check that blue oval box again"
Originally Posted by StingrayHH
Nemo me impune lacessit.
How much blood do I have to bathe in to get clean?
Don't look down on anyone unless you're helping them up.
Rozzers - police, few people seem to know what it means, might be a word i learnt from my gran.
Winging it - either working/driving really fast or not having a clue what you're doing and hoping no one will find out.
Sorted - anything that has worked out well or is finished.
Tidy - anything thats worked out well or some other good fortune/good news, think this is Welsh in origin.
Jaw jackin' - Talking too much
Spend a dollar to save ten cents - pointless repairs or work that will only cost more than it's worth
That don't pass the sniff test - Something about the situation just doesn't feel right.
(The wise men of modern thought) adore a god made of putty or of wax - plastic, effeminate, molluscous, with no masculine faculty about him, and no quality that entitles him to the respect of just and honest men, for a being who cannot be angry at wrongdoing is destitute of one of the essential virtues, and a moral Ruler who is not angry with the wicked, and who refuses to punish crime, is not divine. ---Spurgeon
6 in one hand, half dozen in the other. (it's the same thing)
tight as a banjo string. (just means something is tight.)
Get it done son.
I call my girl "the little lady".
"Better tell the sandman to stay away, because we're gonna be workin on this one all night."
"Dude, you need more than 2 wires to a condenser to run a 2 stage heatpump."
"Just get it done son."
cold as blue blazes (cold)
screaming blue murder- very noisy
an old marine customer said something looked "sanitary" when he liked it.
questions asked, answers received, ignorance abated