While your molars rot.

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Enmos, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Enmos Staff Member

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    "While your molars rot."

    What kind of expression is this ?
    I've never heard of it outside of this site, and I can't find any reference to it anywhere.

    Can someone explain to me what it means, and where it comes from (etymology).

    Maybe it's me but it's the kind of expression that makes me want to punch the one that uses it in the face.
    I think it sounds very unpleasant and frankly its use seems intended to insult.

    Edit: This is not aimed at anyone.
     
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  3. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    While your molars rot.
    While your hair gets grey.
    While your muscles atrophy.
    While your ass gets fat.
    While your arteries clog up.
    While your mind gets slow and lazy.
    While your bones are losing calcium.


    While time is ticking away and you are spending it in useless pursuits.
     
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  5. Enmos Staff Member

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    Hmm ok, thanks

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    Where is that from ? Is it a proper saying, or a SciForums cultural expression ?
     
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  7. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    I first heard it from Lightgigantic.
    A few examples from his posts - I'm posting only the links because those posts need to be taken in context with other posts:
    http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?p=1496632&highlight=molars#post1496632

    http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?p=1561223&highlight=molars#post1561223

    http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?p=1675276&highlight=molars#post1675276


    I find it is a good expression. Having your teeth rot is one of the worse things for a human, as far as bodily concerns go. Not everyone has high cholesterol, rheuma, arthritis and so on, but almost everyone is sooner or later struggling with teeth problems, and it hurts, and eventually, it canot be helped.

    (It turned out that in time, even with titanium implants and porcelain coatings, the gums begin to retreat and the jaw bone diminishes.)
     
  8. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    None of those happenning to me, but I have cryptonite....
     
  9. Enmos Staff Member

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    Thanks for those links. However, he never uses that verse you posted earlier. Where did you get that from ?

    By the way, LG seems to think the tendency for humans molars to rot is unexplained.. :shrug:
     
  10. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    I simply thought up more phrases that are along the same line as "While your molars rot".


    You'll have to take this up with him.
     
  11. Enmos Staff Member

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    lol ok

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    Nah.. it was just an observation. I'd be happy to explain it to him if he wants to know though

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  12. Simon Anders Valued Senior Member

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    I can't see where he implies that. I don't think his focus is on causation, it is on the fact. In material realm we age and decay. Molars rot is like a metaphor for entropy. The cause is time and any details about micro-organisms, dental habits, friction and compression damage and so on are just that, details. Beside the point.
     
  13. Enmos Staff Member

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    Meh.. I might have taken something too literal. Never mind.

    What a strange way to view things..
     
  14. Simon Anders Valued Senior Member

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    Really?
    He is using the molars' decay as a metaphor for aging and dying. Is this strange to consider that things age and die. He does believe in spiritual realms which I would guess he sees as permanent. That part I can see is not in your paradigm. But the view that living things deteriorate is hardly counter to science. I sure dentists would agree it is so banal.
     
  15. Enmos Staff Member

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    No, but you say molars decay even if there were no micro-organisms, dental habits, friction and compression damage.
    That just isn't true.
     
  16. Simon Anders Valued Senior Member

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    No, I didn't say that, nor did he. It is simply not the focus. The fact of aging and decay is important in the context of its use here.
     
  17. Enmos Staff Member

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    I understand the analogy.

    But,
    implies that micro-organisms are not necessary for tooth decay :shrug:
     
  18. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    And while you argue here ... guess what? Your molars rot!
     
  19. Enmos Staff Member

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    So this means that you are tired of it.. right ? That I should find something useful to do ?

    Did I get that right ?

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  20. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

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    My molars are actually rotting, I reckon...I had a sugary drink a while ago
     
  21. Enmos Staff Member

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    Sulfery taste ? lol

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  22. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

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    No, just herbal taste with sugar...it was meadowsweet tea
     
  23. Enmos Staff Member

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    No, I mean your rotting molars..

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