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    Post Your Favorite Idioms

    Which idioms do you use most frequently (English or otherwise), and which are your favorites?

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    One of my friends always says "don't go looking for square eggs" which I think is pretty funny, it could be his original.

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    I love idioms..

    My most original one is "I can't win for losing"..I learnt that one from my Granny, it and was probably the first one I learnt.

    I guess another one would be "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."

    Of course, I've forgotten much of the Deutsche I learnt in school, and right off the top of me head I can't remember any of them..shame on me and it's largely Mr. Dickel's fault, but idioms are great..

    Great Thread..

    Later,
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    The cake is a lie.

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    Post Your Favorite Idioms

    Due to my strong Germanic heritage, I drive alot of people crazy because I am so detail-oriented, thorough and efficient in everything I do.
    Here are a few:
    "The 5 Ps of life - Proper planning prevents poor performance."
    "The 7 Ps of life - Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance."
    One of my father's favorite idioms when he would refer to someone who was obviously not telling him the truth would say (and I quote):
    "Don't piss in my face and tell me it's raining."
    Here are some more:
    "That fella is so dumb he couldn't hit water if he fell out of the boat."
    "A tree never gets too big for a short dog to lift his leg on."
    "That girl is as nervous a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs."
    "You got yourself wired up so tight right now I think if we stuck a chunk of coal up your butt it’d come out a diamond."
    "You got yourself a real ugly bed partner there, looks like a real three-bagger to me one bag over her head, one bag over yours and one more over the dog’s so’s at least he’ll have some respect for you in the morning."
    And here's one I heard from an old Cowboy the very first time I started working on a ranch -
    "Never squat with your spurs on."
    I have always enjoyed idioms (as you can probably tell from my post).
    Last edited by TXRog; Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 12:44 AM. Reason: spelling

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    "Bleeding like a stuck pig"

    "Sweating like a whore in church"

    "Sweating like a negro* at a klan rally"

    Later,
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    I don't really have too many favourites. Coming from Austro-Bavarian culture we basically grow up with the innate ability to coin fitting phrases as you go along, it is considered a type of local art --- the ability to sum up a situation in a tongue-in-cheek, almost sarcastic manner in a single sentence. We have a very frank and direct way of addressing a situation (that in past centuries would sometimes even lead to relatively sardonic grave inscriptions such as "Ausg'rutscht - Abigfalln - Hingwössn" )

    It's hard to sum up, a different situation calls for a different improvisation, but an example would be: One day I was out drinking in town and there was this 16- or 17-year-old, completely drunk youth complaining about drunken youths. My reply to him? "Wånn da Zigeuner sich über die Straß'n auregt, sollat er nit am Feldweg fåhrn". (If the gypsy complains about the roads, he shouldn't drive on the dirt track)

    There'll be a few adages that are local idioms that I'll use, such as "Oa Zillachtåla dasetzt drei Juden" (one Ziller Valley person replaces three Jews) when someone's being a miser or "Hetting isch a Kenigreich und auß'n drum ligg Öschterreich" (Hötting is a kingdom, and all around it is Austria) when people aren't willing to think outside the box. But for the most part, I couldn't make an exhaustive list to save my life. Especially as people know me, and know I always have some situation comedy ready.

    (I used to get scolded by my mother though for using the phrase "I hun g'schwitzt wia a Jud' in da Gaskammer" [I was sweating like a Jew in the gas chamber] to describe particularly sweltering days. )
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    An acqaintance of mine recently used this interesting idiom

    "throwing snowballs in hell"

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    "The empty cans rattle the loudest"

    I have been experienceing, for the last few weeks, how true this really is.

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