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TO PONDER

Why do they call it “background music” when it’s so intrusive?  Where can you find a hot buttered martini?  You know the small bores: “Of course I never watch TV but last night I happened to see -.”  Remember putting phonograph records back into their jackets?  Where are the people who expect an answer to “what’s new?”  Didn’t the era of tackiness begin when they stopped making those elegant squirt-type seltzer water bottles?

5 Responses to “TO PONDER”

  • KITTY says:

    PONDER THE ORIGIN OF “BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE”:
    The origin of the saying is taken from the ancient Greek mythology of “The Odyssey”. In his efforts to return home, Odysseys must pass between Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla was a horrible man-eating monster that struck from above on the cliffs (the “rock”) while Charydbis was a treacherous whirlpool (the “hard place”). Hence “to be between a rock and a hard place” is to have a dilemma.

  • KITTY says:

    AND PONDER THIS TOO: THE ORIGIN OF “UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE:”

    This phrase may have come from Haslar Creek in Portsmouth harbour, a ‘salt’ creek (may be origin of alternative ‘up a shit creek’). Wounded sailors during Nelson’s time, were taken there to be admitted to the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar to die or recover. They were held prisoner so that they would not desert while being treated, and some tried to escape by going through the sewers to the creek (another suggested origin of the alternative ‘up a shit creek’). Without a paddle this would be hopeless, hence the phrase ‘up the creek (without a paddle)’ to mean being trapped, stuck or in trouble. Much very obscure navy related jargon entered popular culture in the seafaring peoples of the British Isles, and thus entered the English language as a whole.

  • KITTY says:

    ONE MORE THING TO PONDER: Has the cat got your tongue?”

    The saying stems from a custom in the Middle East hundreds of years ago, when it was common to punish a thief by cutting off their right hand, and a liar by ripping out their tongue and then giving these severed body parts to the ruler’s pet cats as part of their daily food.
    It means that you are having trouble thinking of a way to speak and or answer a question that has been posed to you, so it seems like you cannot talk.

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_'cat_got_your_tongue'_mean#ixzz1yTGDHd7Q

  • Wally Ballew says:

    “For Two Cents Plain,” as the late Harry Golden beautifully wrote.

  • KITTY says:

    OKAY, WALLY:

    In 1767, Joseph Priestly discovered a technique for dissolving carbon dioxide in water creating a pleasant “fizzy” water. This new concoction was called soda water, an artificially produced (rather than naturally occurring) carbonated water. During the Great Depression soda water was also known as “two cents plain” because is was the least expensive choice available at soda fountains

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