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  • merc,

    It would be niggardly of me not to point out, as a rule of thumb, that so many here provide material pertinent to the discussion at hand, as is usually the case.
    Best film reference to snowballing was in Chasing Amy, or was it Clerks?

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Robyn, I love the way that the word "niggardly" eventually dissolves into nothing.

    I wouldn't be surprised if its origin was some Viking going "Nnnnn!" to express his displeasure at a stoopid pal.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1861 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    OK, now you've lost me totally, and I've been following this thread closely until now.

    It is so Friday afternoon ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    half the problem is that once i wrap these humungous mitts around a tumbler of whisky or two it comes hard to tell if i'm niggardly or curmudgeonly.

    by three whiskies i'm thinking, "probably both"

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    It would be niggardly of me not to point out, as a rule of thumb, that so many here provide material pertinent to the discussion at hand, as is usually the case.

    Indeed. Members of the community are cordially invited to now come up with examples of words whose "wrong" meaning has become generally accepted through sheer currency in the language.

    Or, knock off and have a drink.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Merc it was Clerks.

    And back to the original topic for a second: We now have to put up with our own SH reporters saying we've got imports

    Like the All Blacks, the Portugese sport some overseas-born blow-ins.

    Back to the snowballing

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    maybe first out of the blocks here.

    telling someone they're "a bit hoary".

    works on a couple of levels.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    half the problem is that once i wrap these humungous mitts around a tumbler of whisky or two it comes hard to tell if i'm niggardly or curmudgeonly.

    I'm predicting that with each measure consumed you become less niggardly and more curmudgeonly.

    You may test my hypothesis, but I expect any subsequent report to be peer-reviewed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    See, I was keeping to this post's subject in talking about stats and mixing them up in relation to thumbs and fingers. And then along comes Che bragging about the size of his hands, naturally...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • The Dropkicks,

    I'm predicting that with each measure consumed you become less niggardly and more curmudgeonly.

    You may test my hypothesis, but I expect any subsequent report to be peer-reviewed.

    We'll keep an eye on him come monday night podcasting, and report back to you there RB.

    And Joanna. The guy's 6'5", if he had wee hands, he'd be as bad an aimer as all the rest.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2007 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I always feel inadequate when there is talk of rules of thumbs involve handspans and shoe size. I mean, if I was a guy, I wouldn't have much to brag about. :(

    Just as well I'm a lady and have other things to brag about.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1861 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Yes Che's hands can be seen here, careful may not be work safe if you work for either a chicken outlet, or a medical facility,
    http://objectdart.wordpress.com/2007/09/13/how-to-dress-a-duck/#comment-1760
    Hoary, especially bit Hori, I think is the term. Che does not make a hash job of the duck though.
    Clerks, yes of course, reference to fists was in Chasing Amy, that's all, back to work.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Just as well I'm a lady and have other things to brag about.

    Like your delicate embroidery and light-as-air sponges?

    Meanwhile I wear size 11 shoes...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Yes Che's hands can be seen here, careful may not be work safe if you work for either a chicken outlet, or a medical facility

    Che's site is blocked where I work, for its pornographic content. As hard as I try though, I can't seem to get Hubris blocked.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Our rugby blogs are really breaking the mould here, huh?

    You don't get this stuff from Wynne Gray.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Che's site is blocked where I work, for its pornographic content.

    Actually, if you squint your eyes, that whole duck pictorial kind of looks like porn.

    Not that I am suggesting anyone do so. That would be weird.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Like your delicate embroidery and light-as-air sponges?

    Meanwhile I wear size 11 shoes...

    Crikey! More tea, vicar?

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1861 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    yeah, dunno aeh. that whole food porn this is just a bit gay, you know?

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    that whole food porn this is just a bit gay, you know?

    Was it a Mallard you were eating?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    "Refute" used as "deny"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I always feel inadequate when there is talk of rules of thumbs involve handspans and shoe size. I mean, if I was a guy, I wouldn't have much to brag about. :(

    But since you're not, you would, surely. ;)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Che does not make a hash job of the duck though.

    'Course not. He's working with a Global there. Single-piece Japanese stainless steel, and the favoured blade of Anthony Bourdain. Respect.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Indeed. Members of the community are cordially invited to now come up with examples of words whose "wrong" meaning has become generally accepted through sheer currency in the language.
    Or, knock off and have a drink.

    Or both.

    Cheers.

    Words, now...

    My folks, especially my dad, use the term "coon" to mean basically anyone who looks odd.

    I can still remember ...and this really shows my age...Dad waking up on the couch (he used to crashout after dinner) in the middle of Studio One when Space Waltz came on the Teev doing 'Out in the Street" and saying "who's that funny looking coon?" (this would have been about 1974)

    I managed to find out the racist meaning of it, fortunately before creating any faux pas.

    Words often used wrongly...well pet peeve - curmudgeon time (and here the Glenmorangie is kicking in nicely....)

    'flout' the law. The number of times you hear people say "flaunt the law" which sort of means waving it in someones face. Which could happen, I guess, but its not what the speaker is trying to convey. I've heard this on National Radio news.

    'infer' being used instead of 'imply'. Real pet peeve this one...

    I've kind of given up on misuse of 'liberal'. Only people who have wasted their youth studying political philosophy tend to use this correctly.

    I had one flatmate, years ago, who had some beaut genuine malapropisms.

    The only one I recall was when she was being hassled about saying one thing and doing another and she got all dignified and declared "It's a woman's provocative to change her mind" and could not see why this was met with laughter.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 805 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    it just occurred to me that 'gay' has gone thru at least two changes.

    once from happy to gay. and again from gay to [insert whatever the hell the kids are using it to mean these days].

    and, bourdain is a hero of mine. wrote kitchens like kitchens are.

    but <blush> the knife belongs to the camera operator </blush>

    planning on buying a BIG version of the paring knife tho. yeehaw.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    PS. I'm off to drink a whisky. then get enough sleep to not be blurry when england get stomped on by rsa.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

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