What's up with that??

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  1. Idiots Array Jedi Grand Master

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    What's up with the expression "Thick as Thieves"? I mean, I certainly wouldn't want to be around a bunch of thieves. And if the thieves were thick, wouldn't they keep stealing from each other? Madness!
  2. Diesel_Dave Jedi Master

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    Hey that line is in Shawshank Redemption... 'Thick as thieves you are' One of my fav's.

    I think it refers to how tight liped they are about eachother. Like it's their own little community. I feel a B5 reference approaching. Something like a thieves guild!
  3. Mara_Jade_AZ Jedi Knight

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    Okay, yes I'm a nerd and proud of it. :cool:The following is from:

    The Bedtime Browser or Why Do We Say That? An Account of the Origins of Many
    English Sayings
    By James C Briggs


    As thick as thieves is a saying used to mean that people are in very close collusion. It is based on a French saying "like thieves at a fair", which is an easily understood way of implying collusion. The adapted English form was first used by the author Thomas Hook in "The Parson's Daughter" (1833).

    MJA
  4. Diesel_Dave Jedi Master

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    MJA you are my Hero(ette)

    I love finding things like this. I had no idea anything like this was published. Now I have to get that book.

    ie. Raining cats and dogs... Back in the day they used straw for the top of a dwelling. The cats and dogs would sleep in there when it was cold. But it would become slippery when it rained
  5. TD0690 Jedi Master

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    MJA, you're such a nerd. :p
  6. Mara_Jade_AZ Jedi Knight

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    Actually [face_blush] ...according to Briggs' book:

    If the rain is teeming down the it's said to be raining cats and dogs. This seems to be an odd way of describing weather. The expression first appeared in print in 1653. ("It shall raine.....dogs and polecats").
    There are three possible origins, one of which goes back to Norse times.
    In old Norse weather lore the cat was related to rain and the dog to the wind. If this were the origin then it is likely that the words would have appeared in print before 1653.
    The second suggestion puts the basis in the Greek word Catadupa, "cataract" or "waterfall".
    The final idea suggests that the drainage of medieval streets was so poor that cats and dogs frequently drowned during a heavy downpour. Swift's "Description of a City Shower" (1710) gives a good idea of what it was like. It's worth repeating.
    "Now, from all parts the swelling kennels flow/ And bear their trophies with them as they go/..../ Drown'd puppies, stinking sprats, all drench'd in mud/ Dead cats and turnip tops, come tumbling down the flood."
    You may take your choice. The argument continues.

    MJA
  7. Mara_Jade_AZ Jedi Knight

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    MJA, you're such a nerd.

    I am, I really am :D

    MJA

  8. TD0690 Jedi Master

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  9. Diesel_Dave Jedi Master

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    OH!



    [face_plain]


    Well um... That's what I heard ?[face_plain]

    Are you sure your not really in that lab in Austrailia?...j/k
  10. Mara_Jade_AZ Jedi Knight

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    No. I'm not in that lab in Australia. I'm just an average ordinary nerd. :)

    MJA
  11. Mobius FanForce Chapter Rep

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    I didn't realize nerds were so good looking? ;-)
  12. Mara_Jade_AZ Jedi Knight

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    Okay now I'm blushing. Really. [face_blush] Thanks Moe.

    MJA
  13. Mobius FanForce Chapter Rep

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    No problem. Tell Klause (sp?) I think he's sexy, too. We wouldn't want him to get jealous. :)
  14. Mara_Jade_AZ Jedi Knight

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    Yes yes, of course. He would take such great offense to that too.

    Though are you sure about that. He IS snoring rather loudly right now. ;)

    MJA
  15. TD0690 Jedi Master

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    Mobius, now you're starting (or trying to start) with the hot gs. [face_plain]

    I thought that was Chad's job. ?[face_plain]
  16. Mobius FanForce Chapter Rep

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    I think Chad and I are similar on so many levels it would scare you... besides, someone has to fill in for him when he's not around. :)
  17. Idiots Array Jedi Grand Master

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    There's hot gs in my thread and nobody invited me?? I brought the fuzzy handcuffs. kreleia loves fuzzy handcuffs.
  18. MexChewie Jedi Master

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    Fuzzy Handcuffs ?[face_plain]
    And Kreleia? ?[face_plain]

    The thoughts running in my head... :eek:
    Forgive me my Queen, I will go outside and flog these thoughts out of me.
  19. Idiots Array Jedi Grand Master

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    I'll let her give you all the steamy details. [face_mischief]
  20. kreleia Jedi Grand Master

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    IA!!! :eek: You weren't supposed to tell!!!

    **sigh** okay, okay...

    they're red.
    And I've found.. um... matching "accessories" at Fredericks of Hollywood.

    But that's all I can say here. ;)

    :D [face_laugh]
  21. Idiots Array Jedi Grand Master

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    Now this is debauchery! ;)

    So, who likes chain mail?
  22. Obey Wann Former RMFF CR & SW Region RSA

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    Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me. [face_devil]

    Bring on the handcuffs!!! :D
  23. VoidDancer Jedi Grand Master

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    Looks at the PG shaped hole in the window... "Anybody seen our rating anywhere ? ;)
  24. MexChewie Jedi Master

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    Fredricks of Hollywood. :eek:

    Excuse me, I need to go outside once again. [face_devil]
  25. kreleia Jedi Grand Master

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    Dammit IA!!! You keep ruining my surprises!!! [face_laugh]

    Oh man, only 24 hours left for me to clear the study of paraphenelia. Great. Well, just promise me you won't ask if you find leather scraps or the occassional spike tomorrow, kay? (And IA, no more spoilers!!)

    [face_devil]
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