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Thinker13
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Posted 04/21/11 - 6:16 AM:
Subject: Johnny-on-the-spot!
I like this phrase because it seems funny to me. I would love to know some more phrases which seem funny or intriguing to you!
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Posted 04/25/11 - 1:59 PM:

have never heard of "johnny on the spot", what does it mean?

i'm intrigued by the way god is referred to in many expressions in the english language (well, in many other languages too, i imagine!) even by atheists. i'm actually totally fascinated by it, and i was thinking of starting a topic about this a while back but then i forgot, lol.

basically we have all these expressions that presumably had some kind of literal meaning connected to their origins, but through the years they evolved into idiomatic expressions. i have some ideas about idiomatic expressions as a form of archetype, but they're not totally solidified into something i can easily discuss (yet).

anyway, here are some example of god expressions, used by theists and atheists alike:

god help us

good lord

lord have mercy

god damn it

thank god

god willing

those are just off the top of my head. does the fact that someone uses these expressions mean that some part of them really does believe in god? even if they profess not to? curious
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Posted 04/25/11 - 3:55 PM:

Here, you may find a good article on the etymology of the phrase 'Johny On The Spot': http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-joh3.htm

The phrase means someone who is useful and available at the right time.It is not much in use it seems.
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Posted 04/25/11 - 3:57 PM:

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those are just off the top of my head. does the fact that someone uses these expressions mean that some part of them really does believe in god? even if they profess not to? curious


A very good question lib. thumb up
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Posted 04/25/11 - 3:58 PM:

I also like the expression 'Goody two shoes'!
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Posted 04/25/11 - 6:50 PM:

"stoned out of your gourd" is one that's funny to me, lol
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Posted 04/26/11 - 12:28 AM:

While googling for 'Stoned Out of Your Gourd', I found the following paragraph in the wikiquotes( excerpted from novel triology Illuminatus by Robert Shea and Robert Wilson. Masterly!

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Illuminatus!


April 23 - How do we know whether the Universe is getting bigger or the objects in it are getting smaller? You can't say that the universe is getting bigger is relation to anything outside it, because there isn't any outside for it to relate to. There isn't any outside. But if the universe doesn't have an out-side, then it goes on forever. How do you know it doesn't, shithead? You're just playing with words, man. -No I'm not. The universe is the inside without an outside, the sound made by one eye opening. In fact, I don't even know that there is a universe. More likely, there are many multiverses, each with its own dimensions, times, spaces, laws and eccentricities. We wander between and among these multiverses, trying to convince others and ourselves that we walk together in a single public universe that we can share. For to deny that axiom leads to what is called schizophrenia. Yeah, that's it: every man's skin is his own private multiverse, just like every man's home is supposed to be his castle. But all the multiverses are trying to merge, to create a true universe such as we have only imagined previously. Maybe it will be spiritual, like Zen or telepathy, or maybe it will be physical, one great big gang-fuck, but it has to happen: the creation of a universe and the one great eye opening to see itself at last. Aum Shiva! -Oh, man, you're stoned out of your gourd. You're writing gibberish. No, I'm writing with absolute clarity, for the first time in my life. -Yeah? Well what was that business about the universe being the sound of one eye opening? Never mind that. Who the hell are you and how did you get into my head?
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Posted 04/28/11 - 1:35 AM:

On Pins and Needles.
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Posted 04/28/11 - 1:45 AM:

"Prick-Me-Dainty!" laughing


[ One who is execessively finicky in dress, behavior and language!]
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Posted 04/28/11 - 4:54 AM:

Yehudi Did It!

As I was walking up the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today.
I wish, I wish he'd stay away.
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Posted 04/28/11 - 5:02 AM:

Sow one's wild oats!
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Posted 04/28/11 - 4:05 PM:

thinker wrote:
Here, you may find a good article on the etymology of the phrase 'Johny On The Spot':

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-joh3.htm

The phrase means someone who is useful and available at the right time.It is not much in use it seems.

apparently has also come to mean a port-a-potty!

thinker wrote:
excerpted from novel triology Illuminatus by Robert Shea and Robert Wilson. Masterly!

love robert wilson. his book "cosmic trigger" is one of my faves.

more god expressions:

goodbye = god be with you
(also in spanish = adios
french = adieu, and so on)

swear to god
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Posted 04/29/11 - 5:33 AM:

lib wrote:
apparently has also come to mean a port-a-potty!


Hahaha. laughing

lib wrote:
love robert wilson. his book "cosmic trigger" is one of my faves.

I have not read that book, but the themes on which he has written are worth exploring indeed!


lib wrote:

goodbye = god be with you

(also in spanish = adios
french = adieu, and so on)

swear to god

I also like ‘To bid adieu’!


“ A dime a dozen” is also an interesting expression and Henry quirk has used it many times.
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Posted 04/30/11 - 2:02 PM:

Give one's eye teeth!
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Posted 05/04/11 - 6:29 AM:

Mind your own beeswax
Eat your own fish
And don’t poke your nose
Into my little dish!
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Posted 05/05/11 - 3:57 PM:

"skin of your teeth" is a weird one to me
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Posted 05/11/11 - 10:53 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
"skin of your teeth" is a weird one to me



What does that mean lib?
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Posted 05/11/11 - 2:01 PM:

it's usually used when something is a close call.

"i passed that test by the skin of my teeth!"

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Posted 05/11/11 - 3:00 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
it's usually used when something is a close call.

"i passed that test by the skin of my teeth!"



Oh interesting! Is there a phrase like 'by the skin of my hair' as well? I ask so, because, in Hindi, there is a saying which is quite similar but uses 'hair' instead of teeth!
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Posted 05/12/11 - 6:09 AM:

'From hero to goat'
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Posted 05/14/11 - 11:09 AM:

' I am Jone-sing '

[ Read it in a thread 'Movie recommendations' , in 'The Couch' forum, in 'The Thinking Spot'; used by libertygrl]
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Posted 05/14/11 - 2:06 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:
Oh interesting! Is there a phrase like 'by the skin of my hair' as well? I ask so, because, in Hindi, there is a saying which is quite similar but uses 'hair' instead of teeth!

no, i've never heard of "skin of my hair"!

Thinker wrote:
'From hero to goat'

never heard of this one either!

Thinker wrote:
' I am Jone-sing '

yes, i think jonesing is a funny one too. i'm not sure the origin but i speculate it might have to do with "keeping up with the joneses".
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Posted 05/15/11 - 10:12 AM:

Beating about the bush!
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Posted 05/17/11 - 4:52 AM:

laugh all the way to the bank.

[It often refers to a sportsman who loses a match, or to a show-business person who gives a poor performance, but who still cynically collects a thumping fee.]
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