Thread subject: Bad hair alert!!!! or "Holy Hurricane, Batman!".....
||07/13/04 04:27 pm
||I now understand how the term *ruffled feathers* came into existence....I'm getting seasick, just listening to the cam, let alone watching it!
I have a little challenge of my own to throw out. I won't be insulted if you choose to nix it, language games are just a little quirk of mine and this may not be a board that wants to engage in this. But for what it's worth, does anyone want to see how many phrases or expression we can come up with that have become ingrained in and part of, the English language, that have to do with birds?
- Ruffled feathers
- Birds of a feather
||07/13/04 04:29 pm
||07/13/04 05:00 pm
||Hen-pecked; goose is cooked; eagle-eye; bird-brain (I know kind of unflattering!).
||07/13/04 05:31 pm
||Feather brained, pigeon toed, robin's egg blue, crow's feet, raven haired beauty, sing like a canary, early bird gets the worm, stool pigeon.
||07/13/04 05:31 pm
||07/13/04 06:24 pm
||how about, Toss them the bird
didnt hear a peep
mad as a wet hen
it's just ducky
||07/13/04 06:28 pm
||Up with the lark: On a wing and a prayer.
||07/13/04 06:30 pm
||In England at any rate "to get your gander up" means to get really riled up.
||07/13/04 06:33 pm
||Eagle-eyed. Oh dear you've really got me at it now Shelley :)
||07/13/04 06:34 pm
||07/13/04 06:37 pm
||Keep your pecker up - NO REALLY !!! in England it means keep cheerful !!!
||07/13/04 06:48 pm
||Dead as a Dodo - I REALLY wish you hadn't started this Shelley ....
||07/13/04 07:03 pm
What a HOOT!
Pure as a Dove.
Just a few more, but it is getting harder for all the familiar ones are spoken for already!!!
Pam...I loved your 'Keep your Pecker up.!!! I know exactly what that means in English terms but it sure means something else here. Cover your eyes all you Fellows out there. Here are two more.
Stooped like a falcon.
Dumb as CHICKEN.
Got to give this some more thought Shelley, however time to head out to the Eagles in a few minutes.
||07/13/04 07:11 pm
||Pretty as a peacock
Wise as an owl
Who gives a hoot?
||07/13/04 07:14 pm
||How about turkey
||07/13/04 08:25 pm
||Ducks in a row.
as the Crow flies.
Thin as a RAIL.( there is a bird called a Rail)
run like a Road-runner.
Ostrich with its head in the sand.
||07/13/04 08:49 pm
||Oh Shelley...you really have us going now :-)
Here are mine:
Early bird gets the worm,
Free as a bird,
Proud as a peacock,
Bald as an eagle,
Graceful as a swan,
Blind as a bat, (well, now don't get technical)
Silly as a goose,
Eats like a bird,
A bird in hand is worth two in a bush,
and my least favorite,
Kill two birds with one stone
||07/13/04 09:13 pm
Taking you under my wing
Mother hen (I often use this one about myself;-)
Crazy as a loon
Duck's Ass (wasn't that a hair style back in the 5-'s?)
To talk turkey
||07/13/04 09:17 pm
||Yellow-bellied chicken = total coward
||07/13/04 09:27 pm
||Okay...here's the last from me :-)
Don't count your chickens before they hatch,
Free as a bird,
It's chicken feed,
Like a duck out of water,
Naked as a jaybird,
No spring chicken,
And, this sweet thought to send you all off to dreemland:
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~ Chinese Proverb
||07/13/04 09:28 pm
||07/13/04 10:08 pm
||wow, these are great!
||07/14/04 12:28 am
||Whats good for the goose is good for the gander I guess that one would count? lol!!
||07/14/04 12:42 am
Can't think, too tired........I must know many more being a BIRDER.....
Will try again later.
Thanks for the brain teaser Shelley
||07/14/04 06:52 am
||- Let it roll off your back like water off a duck (my mom used to tell me this!)
- bird on a wing
- bird brain
-strut like a peacock
- to *crow* about something (to brag)
- that's *chickenfeed*
||07/14/04 11:53 am
||-(with a little help from WC Fields): "My little Chickadee!"
-light as a feather
-soft as down
||07/14/04 07:04 pm
||Well, you got the prize Miss Shelley...Isn't the English Language full of wonderful Bird sayings. What would we do if mankind manages to destroy all their habitat and we no longer had birds. Language would have to change. I don't believe there are as many references to animals in Language as there are associated with BIRDS. Correct me if I am wrong. I am biased you know!
||07/14/04 07:33 pm
||Well, if that happened, I suppose we'd have to "tar and *feather* them.... (sorry, couldn't resist)
-wild goose chase
- um, how about the *empty nest syndrome* :-(
- to *feather* your nest
Marie, in fact, there are probably waaaay more animal references in English, than bird ones. I used to co-host a Wildlife Watching message board and we used to play these kinds of language games all the time. I have quite the *archive* of such fun stuff. I agree, our language is so rich and interesting.
||07/18/04 10:49 am
||And dont forgetthe ever popular:
"Birds of a feather, flock together"