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#1 of 157 OFFLINE   Stevan Lay

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Posted March 22 2004 - 06:09 AM

Ever heard a saying or statement that really doesn't make much sense to you? I've also wondered how these sayings come about and the origins of it all?
  • "That's the way the cookie crumbles"
Which way does a cookie crumble anyway? Is it always the same way a cookie suppose to crumble? What happens if a cookie doesn't crumble, what happens if it dissolves? I don't like cookies anyway but I do like lamingtons. Mmmmmmmm.... lamingtons...
  • "As happy as Larry"
Larry, who the f#*k is Larry?


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#2 of 157 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted March 22 2004 - 06:19 AM

Someone finds something after searching for a while, and comments that "it's always in the last place you look".

Well, of course it is, dumbass. Why would you continue looking after you found it?
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#3 of 157 OFFLINE   Vince Maskeeper

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Posted March 22 2004 - 06:21 AM

I always felt "that's the way the cookie crumbles" to not be specific to how the cookie crumbles, but rather THAT it crumbles.

The idea of having something good (a sweet cookie) and how it can be fleeting (a cookie can crumble). If/when you have something good, and it crumbles (as it might be prone to do)- someone might say "that's the way the cookie crumbles)...

In other words, don't get too broken up over the loss of something, especially if it was in it's nature to collapse in the first place.

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#4 of 157 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted March 22 2004 - 06:24 AM

"As happy as Larry"

Never heard that one. I have heard "As happy as a lark," but that doesn't make much sense either.

"Stop crying over spilled milk." (who would cry over this?)
"Don't tell Grandma how to suck eggs." (????)
"As the crow flies." (why a crow?)
"Neat as a pin." (??)
"He keeps coming back like a bad penny." (what makes a penny bad?)
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#5 of 157 OFFLINE   Mike Broadman

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Posted March 22 2004 - 06:57 AM

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Someone finds something after searching for a while, and comments that "it's always in the last place you look".


That's the same person who hands you picture of himself "when I was younger."

#6 of 157 OFFLINE   Brian Perry

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Posted March 22 2004 - 07:19 AM

I always thought the "way the cookie crumbles" referred to the random nature of things and that some things are utterly unpredictable. (In the sense that you cannot know exactly where the "fault lines" are in a cookie when it crumbles.)

#7 of 157 OFFLINE   D. Scott MacDonald

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Posted March 22 2004 - 07:45 AM

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"As happy as a lark,"

A lark is a bird who spends a lot of time singing. Hence, they're assumed to be happy.

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"Stop crying over spilled milk." (who would cry over this?)

It's actually "Don't cry over spilled milk", and it really means don't sweat the little stuff. I have to teach this concept to my kids all of the time (and I've known plenty of adults who never learned the concept).

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"As the crow flies." (why a crow?)

Crows are rumered to always fly the most direct path (although I don't know if it's true or not).
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#8 of 157 OFFLINE   Kevin Alexander

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Posted March 22 2004 - 08:38 AM

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A lark is a bird who spends a lot of time singing. Hence, they're assumed to be happy.

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It's actually "Don't cry over spilled milk", and it really means don't sweat the little stuff. I have to teach this concept to my kids all of the time (and I've known plenty of adults who never learned the concept).

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Crows are rumered to always fly the most direct path (although I don't know if it's true or not).

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Posted March 22 2004 - 08:48 AM

I understand the meaning behind the sayings, but don't understand why we need them (or why they were created in the first place).

Why not just say "don't worry over small things" rather than some folksy-cute slang like "don't cry over spilled milk"?

I'd think plain English works just fine over some non-sensical proverb.
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#10 of 157 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted March 22 2004 - 08:50 AM

"Stupid is as Stupid does"

Perhaps I'm too stupid to figure it out.

When little Forest was asked if he "was stupid" that was his reply. I never did quite understand that.

#11 of 157 OFFLINE   D. Scott MacDonald

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Posted March 22 2004 - 09:05 AM

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I'd think plain English works just fine over some non-sensical proverb.

I bet that you and your friends make up your own vocabulary and sayings all of the time. I mean, why is there a term called "Toss the salad" when we could just as easily say "". It's just how humans work.
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#12 of 157 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted March 22 2004 - 09:34 AM

I forget what it's called, but there's a word that describes when a word is used and then is changed by people misspronouncing it.

This is also true with phrases: I'm not 100% positive, but I believe this is where the phrase "For Pete's Sake" comes from...

It was originally "For the sake of peace" - meaning, to make peaceful.
I believe people started shortening it by saying "For Peace Sake"
which was misheard and turned into "For Pete's Sake"


One of my favorites is "Letting the cat out of the bag". That one goes back to when farmers sold pigs. They'd put them in sacks and sell them. Sometimes (to make an easy buck), the farmer would put cats (which were more plentiful and cheap) in the bag and trick the people who bought them.

When the person would get home, they'd open the bag and the cat would come out, thus revealing the 'secret'. That's why we say that we let the cat out of the bag when a secret is revealed.

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Posted March 22 2004 - 09:37 AM

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In other words, don't get too broken up over the loss of something, especially if it was in it's nature to collapse in the first place.
I think you hit the nail on the head with that one. Posted Image

Seriously, "That's the way the cookie crumbles" means "What will be, will be." meaning (as Vince explained) that you shouldn't worry about something that was meant to be.

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Posted March 22 2004 - 10:18 AM

I know I'm going to be laughed at for this, but here goes:

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Posted March 22 2004 - 10:20 AM

The Region 1, "Dude, you're a dick"

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Posted March 22 2004 - 11:18 AM

I had trouble with "That's a no-brainer" the first few times I heard it. I couldn't tell if it meant something so simple that even a brainless dolt could make the right decision, or if it meant something so stupid that only a brainless dolt would be caught dead doing it.

It didn't help matters any that I first heard this phrase used by a brainless dolt:
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"Sell empty boxes so we can book revenue this quarter, and then spend twice as much next quarter by sending engineers on-site to fix everything? Well, that's a no-brainer!"
You see my dilema. It wasn't until I got sent on-site to fix everything that I realized "no-brainer" presumably meant the former.
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#17 of 157 OFFLINE   Ken Chan

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Posted March 22 2004 - 11:33 AM

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why is there a term called "Toss the salad" when we could just as easily say ""
Does the FCC now have jurisdiction over HTF? Posted Image

What I want to know is who makes up these terms/phrases, and how do they become well-known enough to be self-sustaining?

#18 of 157 OFFLINE   Rob Gillespie

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Posted March 22 2004 - 11:37 AM

"And Bob's your uncle"

Quite a popular one this side of the pond. It means to get a result (plug it in, switch it on and bob's your uncle). No idea who Bob is though or why I'd want him as an uncle.
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#19 of 157 OFFLINE   Rob Gillespie

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Posted March 22 2004 - 11:38 AM

Actually, thinking about it, I already DO have an uncle Bob.
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#20 of 157 OFFLINE   Bob Graz

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Posted March 22 2004 - 11:43 AM

Hey, and I am an Uncle Bob......and I like "look before you leap" always a good idea.





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