The origin of...

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The origin of...

Postby Beakyboy » 15 Feb 2009, 5:07pm

"A quick rub down with the sporting life" I've always used this phrase as an euphemism of sorting yourself out after a hard training session or a tough physical job. Does anyone know how and where the phrase originated from?
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Postby Biscuit » 15 Feb 2009, 5:28pm

On or off topic? I dont know the background behind your 'sporting life' ........ but a fe of my favourites are (and I do not know their background either) are;

"That is harder, than a big bag full of very hard things" .... to indicate how 'very' hard some thing is,

erh, oh yeh " its like herding cats" to indicate how hard and complex something is (imagine herding cats - obviously) and in the same vein - ther seems to be a theme for me here...... "its like pushing an elephant up a ladder"......... any more for any more? Should this be in another section?

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Re: The origin of...

Postby steve climpson » 15 Feb 2009, 5:33pm

Beakyboy wrote:"A quick rub down with the sporting life" I've always used this phrase as an euphemism of sorting yourself out after a hard training session or a tough physical job. Does anyone know how and where the phrase originated from?

Cockney rhyming slang for wife. You figure out the rest. :D

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Re: The origin of...

Postby Greybeard » 15 Feb 2009, 6:55pm

steve climpson wrote:Cockney rhyming slang for wife. You figure out the rest. :D


I've never felt that 'Beano and Dandy' after a long ride - am I doing it wrong? :oops:

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Postby Biscuit » 15 Feb 2009, 10:07pm

Bandy? Maybe your bottom bracket isnt wide enough, Handy? You need to read more DIY you do........

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Postby Greybeard » 16 Feb 2009, 9:53am

Biscuit wrote:Bandy? Maybe your bottom bracket isnt wide enough, Handy? You need to read more DIY you do........


Strangely, both have been said before :oops: :cry:

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Postby steve climpson » 16 Feb 2009, 2:19pm

the origin of the word berk is ah.... interesting.

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Postby Beakyboy » 16 Feb 2009, 2:34pm

steve climpson wrote:the origin of the word berk is ah.... interesting.


Yeah thats a good one, people use it without realising what it means.
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Postby Dee Jay » 17 Feb 2009, 9:34am

Beakyboy wrote:
steve climpson wrote:the origin of the word berk is ah.... interesting.


Yeah thats a good one, people use it without realising what it means.


Indeed. Like my mother-in-law, who also uses 'bugger' very freely, considering it to be genteel profanity, and turns into a modern-day Queen Victoria when I try to tell her what she's really saying. "Oh, I wouldn't know about *that* sort of thing, it didn't exist in my day ....!" She does, however, acknowledge that lesbians and fish-knives do exist! Unlike, VR!
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