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New Twists on Famous Phrases

Post by William Barclay » Wed May 11, 2005 7:44 am

Okay, shoot me! I'm a new member and already severely abusing my privileges. Its just that I see everyone being soooooo serious and in desperate need of some light humour once and a while. Tell me if I have erred and I will straighten up.

Bill

New Twists on Famous Phrases

The following are some of the winners in a New York magazine contest, in which the rules were: take ANY well-known phrase in ANY foreign language, change JUST ONE SINGLE LETTER, and then provide a definition for the new expression.

HARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS? - Can you drive a French motorcycle?

EX POST FUCTO - Lost in the mail

IDIOS AMIGOS - We're wild and crazy guys

VENI, VIPI, VICI - I came, I'm a very important person, I conquered

COGITO, EGGO SUM - I think, therefore I waffle

RIGOR MORRIS - The cat is dead

RESPONDEZ S'IL VOUS PLAID - Honk if you're Scottish

QUE SERA SERF - Life is feudal

LE ROI EST MORT, JIVE LE ROI - The king is dead. No kidding

POSH MORTEM - Death styles of the rich and famous

PRO BOZO PUBLICO - Support your local clown

MONAGE A TROIS - I am three years old

FELIX NAVIDAD - Our cat has a boat

HASTE CUISINE - Fast French food

VENI, VIDI, VICE - I came, I saw, I partied

QUIP PRO QUO - A fast retort

ALOHA OY - Love; greetings, farewell; from such a pain you should never know

MAZEL TON - Tons of good luck

APRES MOE LE DELUGE - Curly and Larry got wet

PORT-KOCHERE - Sacramental wine

ICH LIEBE RICH - I'm really crazy about having dough

FUI GENERIS - What's mine is mine

VISA LA FRANCE - Don't leave your chateau without it

CA VA SANS DIRT - And that's not gossip

MERCI RIEN - Thanks for nothin'

AMICUS PURIAE - Platonic friend
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Post by Bobinwales » Wed May 11, 2005 8:47 am

PA DE DEUX - Father of twins
COUP DE GRASS - Mow the lawn
LA PETITE SHOWS - Your flies are undone
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Signature: All those years gone to waist!
Bob in Wales

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Post by haro » Wed May 11, 2005 10:20 am

William, you must be kidding. We - serious?
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Wed May 11, 2005 11:00 pm

Here’s a few I've made up that bend the rules a bit, but who cares?:

ABS INITIO – beginning with the stomach

ACTUS DIE – a death scene

ACUEMEN – the theatrical guys who provide the cue cards

ANGUS DIE – death to the cow

AD ASTRA PER AQUA – to the stars through the water

ADD NAUSEAM – please don’t hem my dress

ANIMA MUDDI – you’re mind’s in the gutter

A NO NO DOMINI – I don’t play dominoes

ANUS HORRIBILIS – what a horrible ass

A PASTAIORI – based on pizza

A PRIOR – a nosy body [[known outside of NYC as a busybody]]

ADD HOMINEM – and stir briskly

ARS GRAMIA ARTIS – grammar for grammar’s sake

OW CONTRAIRE – that really didn’t hurt

OW PAIR – it hurts when you squeeze my tits

AU ROTIN – served rotten

AURORA BORING ALICE – a lousy date from up North
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And that’s’ from the ones that originally started with the letter ‘A.’

And then on into ‘B’ there’s BON MITS – good hands, and the BON MITSVAH – the Jewish glad-handing ceremony, and . . . . . . . . . .
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Ken G – May 11, 2005
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Post by William Barclay » Thu May 12, 2005 3:24 am

On a similar vein, the Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are some recent winners:

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (this one got extra credit)

Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer, man.

Glibido: All talk and no action.

Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Thu May 12, 2005 3:53 am

William, For a whole shitload (shitload(s)) of these whacky-type words see made-up words and redefinitions.

Ken G – May 11, 2005
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Post by Shelley » Thu May 12, 2005 3:28 pm

For those from New York City and environs:
NOUS SOMMES PERDUE = we are (lost) chickens!
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Post by haro » Sat May 14, 2005 11:13 pm

A few items from my own collection, although I've just found out that at least one of them (big bushiness) yields about ten hits on Google:

Misogymnist: Somebody who hates physical exercise.
Renitent: The kidney-like shape of a collapsible textile shelter
Déja pue: Wrotten long time ago.
Ad ouzum proprium: This is my Greek booze, not yours.
Big bushiness: The way the USA is currently governed.
Travail en équipe: Trip to the land of the Pharaohs.
Horror vacui: The way pets react to cleaning appliances.
Coyotus interruptus: The reason why those little canids are becoming rare in populated areas.
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Post by sandx » Sun Jun 12, 2005 9:02 am

Tempus fidget - the time a kid has to spend in the waiting-room
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Post by pingpong fan » Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:06 am

Slight change from the original Australian
Pommy bar steward = vanishing breed
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