Nonsense Expressions

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  1. Gustav Banned Banned

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    "no-nonsense expression"

    funnily enough that doesnt sound too bad

    /perplexed
     
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  3. Gustav Banned Banned

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    i think plurality has something to do with it

    /eek
     
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  5. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Sense Expressions?
     
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  7. Gustav Banned Banned

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    no
    it sounds ok minus the s

    nonsense expression
    no nonsense expression

    nonsensical would be required for expressions

    dunno really
    just a vague idea
     
  8. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    I double dog dare you.
     
  9. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    my favourite!!!!

    How about 'quit lollygagging!'
     
  10. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    That's an expression often heard in boot camp. Sergeants say it to new recruits when they catch them doing anything that's not directly related to basic training. The origin of the word is unclear and it might simply be a silly, arbitrary coinage like "bloviate" or "humongous."

    It's similar to "dally": to idle or putter aimlessly. The earliest citation I could find in a quick search was an Iowa newspaper about 150 years ago. The reporter was complaining about the "licentious lollygagging" going on at public dances. Apparently, just like "dally," the word once had connotations of flirtation. It's possible, then, that it comes from the old dialect word "lolly" for "tongue." In America we call small hard candies on a stick "lollipops" as an alternative to "suckers." In Britain a "lolly" is a small piece of hard candy you can lick or suck on, and an "ice lolly" is what we call a "Popsicle."
     
  11. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    We're gonna turn this team around 360 degrees!
     
  12. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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  13. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Get your ass moving!
     
  14. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    "I tell you what". (when used as a complete sentence)

    i.e.

    Vern: Bubba just got himself a new set of Yosemite Sam "back off!" mud flaps.

    Earl : I tell you what.
     
  15. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    LOL
    You're telling me!
     
  16. CarpetDiem Burnin' hours, season days Registered Senior Member

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    My favourite and everyone says it. The truck swerved at the "last minute" to avoid the male pedestrian, which if taken literally would mean the truck avoided him about a mile up the road.:shrug:
     
  17. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Yep!
    Tell me about it!
     
  18. CarpetDiem Burnin' hours, season days Registered Senior Member

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  19. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    That's what I'm talkin bout!
     
  20. CarpetDiem Burnin' hours, season days Registered Senior Member

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    Fuck knows: who the hell is "Fuck" anyway?

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  21. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Who the hell do you think you're talking to?
     
  22. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    This dude "Fuck" must be pretty important.. i.e. "For Fuck's sake"
     
  23. CarpetDiem Burnin' hours, season days Registered Senior Member

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    You talking to me? (I'm typing)
     

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