Where's that mondegreens topic again? I always thought "shoots his cuffs" was "shoots his cups", as in he tosses downs his booze, which made sense after hearing what he'd had for breakfast. "Shoots his cuffs" is actually a more evocative image though. I like it. -- Spiff
Through the magic of occupational bynames, Gardener, Cook, and Driver can be names.
SHOOTING YOUR CUFFS - "goes back to the days when celluloid collars and cuffs were the salesman's answer to the laundry problem when on the road. With the high-buttoned jackets of the period, the collar and cuffs were all that showed, and since celluloid could be wiped clean with a damp cloth, a drummer of the period could make a shirt last a week. One of the showy tricks of dandies of the day was to 'shoot their cuffs,' which a dictionary of the period defines as 'making a sudden and ostentatious display of one's cuffs.'." "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, New York, 1977, 1988).
The men shot their cuffs and the women stuck their combs more firmly into their back hair.
I went to the JoCo concert in St. Louis and wanted very much to buy a shirt.. But the two he had offered were the Skullcrusher Mountain and Re:Your Brains shirts. I went with Skullcrusher Mountain, because I couldn't begin to figure out how I'd explain to my 7-year-old why Mommy was wearing a blood-soaked memo on her shirt.
I didn't realize just how much I was listening to my Coulton songs around the kids until my 2-year-old daughter padded past me singing, "I not kill you yet.."
I'm obviously playing a lot more 'My Beige Bear' now. ;)
My husband got the RE: Your Brains shirt in September and was wearing it at Christmastime on a Polar Express train ride. He got at least three comments from the train staff about it, usually "Hey, nice shirt!". I'm still wondering if they knew it was splashed out brains or thought it was just festive red.
But yeah, I'd much prefer my daughter not kill me yet. There are times, though, when I would like to know what else the voices in her head are saying to her. She's going through that phase when she wants to take off all of her clothing and run around naked. I gather this is normal and all, but I'd appreciate it if she'd maybe hold off on this particular phase until it's not ten below outside.
@c4bl3fl4m3, I am so with you on the "Oh yeah?!" to the truism that people who curse are unintelligent or uneducated or inarticulate. A former boyfriend who was very creative with the swear words also used to translate Latin poetry in his spare time for fun. The combination of funny as hell and filthy-mouthed doomed me. I went from a dedicated non-swearer to an effin' crazy woman. (20 years in New York City also did not help.)
On the topic of "gay" and "retarded" and such. It seems to me that once someone says it hurts them when you use certain types of language, it just feels like bad form to keep it up. I've gotten rid of "gyp" and I'm working on "retarded," which I've been hearing since childhood, so it's rather more ingrained. I've never picked up "so gay" and never intend to; in fact, I bought Kanye West's first cd without having heard it just because he asked hip hop fans and artists to stop using gay as an insult, because he has a cousin who's gay and he loves him. (It's a damn good cd, too.) It's worth knowing that use of some terms can cause someone to judge you and hang onto that judgment without you being aware of it. There's a woman I work with that I heard say "they'll Jew you" the second day I worked there, and I have put up something of a wall between us (though she gave me more reasons when I got to know her better).
AND: on the topic of maundegreens, the first few -- well, many -- times I heard "Skullcrusher Mountain" it was on my computer's crappy speakers, and I thought it was "I'm so empty but I'm way too smart for you." And it was several listenings before I caught "yet" after "I shouldn't kill you."
Back on mondegreens, I don't know if this qualifies, but I did find the phrase "bad-ass fucking fractal" quite funny, assuming the placement of a hyphen can be misheard. The pattern is not without precedent, as this testifies.
Okay, the "ass-car" cartoon made me laugh. (Which sounds like NASCAR, which leads to a completely wrong but amusing line of thought.)
[I'm kidding! Of course I don't expect anyone to know every joke ever made in the forums. Maybe this one should go in the FAQ, though...]
"I wander somewhere in or out of make believe" as "I wander somewhere in a realm of make believe", nothing major but it gets irritating when you sing one thing and you know you've got it wrong.
And here it is, almost 17 years since I met him and I'm going to an Iron Maiden concert with him in a couple of months. I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to it or dreading it. He dragged me to see Styx (which wasn't bad), so I dragged him to see JoCo (which was AWESOME, and the husband is now a huge fan). He's dragging me almost 70 miles to see Iron Maiden (and I won't talk about the ticket price), so I'm making him go see Eddie Izzard (at least he likes Eddie Izzard - I might have to find something else to annoy him with).
Oh, I'm so metal. (Although I do love Black Sabbath's War Pigs - some things never change...)
to make up for how you went mental
hoped we'd see john mayer
but you dragged my ass to see slayer
you didn't think i'd care that there were devil-worshippers there....
now back to your regularly-scheduled thread topic.
The make-up and high heels were off putting to a lot of folks (including my friend who I took with me) but he is so, so funny.
That reminds me, I've had the last 3 episodes of The Riches on my PVR for ages, but my wife and I have struggled to find time to watch them. Gotta get that sorted!
I have a friend who emailed me a code to purchase tickets early. Yay for friends!
And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
trips me up. There's a pause after 'flake' so I always initially parse it as:
And you treated my woman to a Flake
I guess that would be the non cheesy grin!
What are your (or his) alternate lines?
The real line always seems a bit strange "As I watch gardener mow the lawn" - feel like there should be a "the" in there.
True story. A few weeks ago I spilled coffee on my laptop keyboard. Since it is a sealed unit, repair options were limited to extreme measures, in this case, soaking it in water overnight. After two rinses it works again, but after the first wash it exhibited the most fantastic dialect problem, in that the letter "F" didn't work at all, whereas depressing "P" would result in "PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF".