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Post by 3mptylord on Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:05 am

So I used to think the saying was "to make ends meat", which meant to get the necessities to survives (the reference to meat being like "to bring home the bacon", or working to eat). Turns out it's "to make ends meet", which means to make the means meets the ends/to get things done.

While reading Betrayal at Falador, I learned that I had another saying wrong. Apparently it's "to test your mettle", meaning ability to cope: I thought it was "to test your metal", meaning sword swills/ability to fight (which steams from a time when you would fight with metal; a misnomer: you still call things "tins" even though they aren't made of tin any more). Mettle and metal probably both stem from the same latin root meaning hardiness, but *pfft*.

My friend thought the saying "trespassers will be shot on sight" was "trespassers will be shot on site". His reasoning was that to trespass you have to be at a "site" your not allowed to be; trespassers won't be shot off-site. Makes sense.

And just last night, which reminded me of all this, apparently the saying is "put the pedal to the medal". I thought the saying was "put the pedal to the metal", i.e. the floor of the car. Both mean "floor it" / go really fast, but still...

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu- homophones!

Anyone else got any? Smile

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Post by MorbiusMonster on Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:09 am

For such bad puns, I will melt you down.
Pour 3mpty!
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Post by 3mptylord on Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:43 am

While they are technically puns, the weren't intentional nor even funny.

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Post by Handeath on Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:55 am

Interesting...I'm sure I'll remember a few similar idioms soon, I have a habit of mispronouncing things. >.<
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Post by 3mptylord on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:48 pm

I'm certain I heard another one yesterday: but thankfully I forgot.

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