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federica · seeker of the clear blue sky · Moderator


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  • Re: Just for fun: the random, useless announcements thread!

    Just to let you know, if it's of any use, you can edit a post and add to it, for something like 10 minutes before the edit period expires. It may help to prevent loads of consecutive posts. Check the little black cog top right of your posts. It gives you options, which expire after 10 minutes or so....

    Just information. :)

  • Re: Abortion

    Here's a previous thread...

    And here is an article, though not the article I sought....

    And another. Ditto.

  • Re: Breathe in...

    Sometimes, @upekka what seem to be 'profound' questions are really not useful.
    Expansion [in]/contraction [out] is a biological happening, there's nothing mysterious about it, and trying to divine some other hidden practice or deeper meaning, is really akin to looking for self/not-self, which is in itself, a pointless exercise.

    THAT is also a subject that has been done to death, flogged to within a millimetre of its usefulness....

  • Re: Eating Crow and It Is Tasty

    The saying originated in Britain. Once upon a time, the very poor peasants had to make a meagre living off the land, and hunting, unless for a Lord, Baron or Master, was considered poaching. The only things not off-limits, were rabbits, pigeons and crows, but crows tasted absolutely foul (if you'll pardon the pun) and even to the poor, it was an undesirable food, even if really hungry.

    It is also akin to 'eating Humble pie'. The original word was actually Numble (plural: umbles) - which is an archaic word for intestines, innards and distasteful parts of an animal.

    Both idioms mean to have to do the unthinkable, retract a statement and admit it was a poor decision, comment or judgement.

    There are more idioms connected to foods and eating than anything else.

    Walking on eggs,
    eat one's words
    chew it over
    put all one's eggs in one basket
    cry over spilt milk
    buy a pig in a poke
    butter no parsnips
    have your cake and eat it
    cat that got the cream
    food for thought
    icing on the cake
    apple of one's eye
    bun in the oven
    bringing home the bacon
    earning a crust

    and many more, I'm sure.

  • Re: Just for fun: the random, useless announcements thread!

    Yes, I think this has to be one of the very best covers of an original I have ever heard. I came across this quite some time ago, but it never fails to stun....