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Old October 5 2013, 12:22 PM   #61
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Re: Things people often say you find amusing...

"It went down like a lead balloon" - wouldn't a lead balloon go down really really well?
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Old October 5 2013, 01:10 PM   #62
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Re: Things people often say you find amusing...

Speaking of commercial posters: Homemade.

Ah, I see, so your employees made it in their homes?!?!?
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Old October 5 2013, 06:29 PM   #63
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Some jargon is rather funny. Contracts to let. Patients don't show a wound to doctors, they "present." This that or other tech called a piece of kit, etc.
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Old October 5 2013, 10:09 PM   #64
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Re: Things people often say you find amusing...

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"It went down like a lead balloon" - wouldn't a lead balloon go down really really well?
Well, when a balloon goes down, it means the air rushes out of it, but if it were made out of lead, it wouldn't go down at all.

I don't think it's about it falling (down) to the ground.
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Old October 5 2013, 10:12 PM   #65
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Re: Things people often say you find amusing...

Jumbo Shrimp.
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Old October 6 2013, 02:01 AM   #66
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"Near miss" always puzzled me, because, while I understand that they refer to objects passing so close they nearly hit, yet miss each other, the phrase itself is contradictory. I mean, literally, if something "nearly misses," that means it actually HIT.
Actually, I don't think that "near miss" is grammatically incorrect or otherwise contradictory. By the way you're parsing it, it does seem so, but that's not the only way to parse it.

A near miss is a miss that is near to the target. Therefore, it is a miss and it is near (and this expression is the key). So, it can be described as a near miss.

It's just that that doesn't entail that it is equivalently describable as nearly a miss. Rather, it is near to the same thing it misses.
Right, that's how I've always understood it. However, if you hyphenate it as near-miss, the meaning changes. It becomes like "near-tragedy" or "near-accident," in which near is an adverb meaning almost. In that case, near-miss really does mean that two objects "nearly missed" each other -- or, in other words, they hit each other.

So, when using that phrase, avoid the hyphen and you'll be fine.

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Another modern oxymoron -- thanks to television talk shows -- is "guest host."

Well, which are you? Make up your mind and then come back to the party!
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Old October 6 2013, 02:06 AM   #67
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Re: Things people often say you find amusing...

A "near miss" could also be a miss that was pretty close. As opposed to a far miss that wasn't so close. I don't think it depends on a hyphen.

A "guest host" is exactly that. Someone who hosts a show one time. Same thing as "guest star".
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Old October 6 2013, 02:25 AM   #68
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It just makes the baby sound shiny!
Like when you get a new car, you have a baby with that "new baby" smell.
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Old October 6 2013, 02:50 AM   #69
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. . . A "guest host" is exactly that. Someone who hosts a show one time. Same thing as "guest star".
Except that talk TV has had regular guest hosts -- like when Joan Rivers and Jay Leno used to fill in for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

Scientists have discovered the preserved remains of "dwarf mammoths." Isn't that just a regular-sized elephant?
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Old October 6 2013, 02:54 AM   #70
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Re: Things people often say you find amusing...

"He gone!" - Ken Harrelson (White Sox TV guy) after an opposing batter strikes out

(Note that this is pretty much the only thing Harrelson ever says that is actually funny, as opposed to him being just a colossal douchebag.)
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Old October 6 2013, 04:30 AM   #71
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Old October 6 2013, 06:48 AM   #72
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Carlin---"Everyday Expressions."


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Old October 6 2013, 10:30 AM   #73
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^^ I love George Carlin.

Speaking of food, I was at the supermarket in the frozen foods section and they had "crust-less chicken pot pie." Wouldn't that be just soup or stew?

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As for gigant fails/paradoxes: Somewhere online I found a photo of a poster advertizing a concert of the Altzheimer society. The poster claimed it'd be "an unforgettable evening"....
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"It went down like a lead balloon" - wouldn't a lead balloon go down really really well?
Maybe the expression has evolved over the years (like people saying "based off" now instead of "based on"-- which is another example, I suppose), but when I was a kid we used to say "went over like a lead balloon."
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Old October 6 2013, 12:47 PM   #74
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. . . A "guest host" is exactly that. Someone who hosts a show one time. Same thing as "guest star".
Except that talk TV has had regular guest hosts -- like when Joan Rivers and Jay Leno used to fill in for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
And they still only filled in for someone else. That's why they were still guest hosts.
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Old October 6 2013, 01:43 PM   #75
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"Near miss" always puzzled me, because, while I understand that they refer to objects passing so close they nearly hit, yet miss each other, the phrase itself is contradictory. I mean, literally, if something "nearly misses," that means it actually HIT.
It's actually very logical: it's both near and a miss not far away and obviously a miss - the stupidity of it comes from whomever put the two words together without thinking.

I'm pretty sure there are lots of other examples of this sort...
In other words:
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