Ridiculous sayings with nebulous origins

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Ridiculous sayings with nebulous origins

Unread post by excolonial » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:30 am

We are currently having an "Indian summer" here in England. The saying did not make sense to me, yet it is used with authority all the time. So I looked up the origins of the term. Of course it is not from India, has very little to do with time, but rather America with some loose connection to the American Indians.

Here is a meandering explanation of the sources of it, which seem so tenuous as to make it frankly a little ridiculous:

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/indian-summer.html

Wikipedia was worse.

The origin of so many English phrases, that are confidently used by many, are simply ridiculous. Its all a bit like the whole "you don't know what that means?!?" nonsense we used to hear as children for made up words about private parts...
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Re: Ridiculous sayings with nebulous origins

Unread post by Jack Welles » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:40 am

That's like French letters and French fries :wink:
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Re: Ridiculous sayings with nebulous origins

Unread post by JCA » Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:24 pm

And take Cricket for example. "Chinaman", "C**lie Creeper" etc......... Can't use the terms any more. One has to be PC to play cricket these days.
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Re: Ridiculous sayings with nebulous origins

Unread post by MadMacs » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:08 am

How about: die koeël is deur die kerk or stone the crows.
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Unread post by Jack Welles » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:35 am

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