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19 Nov 2022, 12:20 pm

Terms one takes literally but one is not supposed to take literally.

"Pull your socks up"



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19 Nov 2022, 2:12 pm

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19 Nov 2022, 2:16 pm

It just needs some elbow grease



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21 Nov 2022, 5:30 pm

When we were younger I used to tell my brother to "knock it off", and then he'd pretend to knock my head off my shoulders.



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21 Nov 2022, 6:14 pm

Mountain Goat wrote:
Terms one takes literally but one is not supposed to take literally.

"Pull your socks up"


Mum used to say that to me and I would literally pull my socks up, then she thought I was being cheeky.



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21 Nov 2022, 6:56 pm

Mom passed me a glass plate.
Mom: "Hold this for a second."
Me thinking One then drops the plate and it shatters.


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22 Nov 2022, 11:40 am

Someone saying they have "one in the oven" is a funny saying to mean that they are pregnant and should not be taken literally, even if the person who just said so is a real witch.

That's what I once saw in a Far Side cartoon where there are two witches. They look like your stereotypical fairy tale- type witches, old, ugly, wearing pointy hats, they sitting in a house, and one of them is smiling at the other witch, who looks excited. The excited witch says "You're pregnant? That's wonderful! At first I was taking you literally when you said you had one in the oven."

Because as most of us know, fairy tale-type witches have a reputation for cooking and eating children. :twisted:



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22 Nov 2022, 11:47 am

Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.


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22 Nov 2022, 11:52 am

Her: do you want ice cream or cake?
Me: Yes.

(Applying logical mathematical definition of "or" - if the answer to either option is "Yes" the result of the "or" operator is "Yes". Literally: "Yes, I do want ice cream or cake.").


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22 Nov 2022, 1:25 pm

Fenn wrote:
Her: do you want ice cream or cake?
Me: Yes.

(Applying logical mathematical definition of "or" - if the answer to either option is "Yes" the result of the "or" operator is "Yes". Literally: "Yes, I do want ice cream or cake.").


Her sentence evaluates to true :D



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06 Feb 2023, 9:57 pm

"Break a leg".

Apparently people would say this to wish people good luck when they about to perform on stage because when you do wish for good luck, bad luck is what you end up getting. So maybe wishing for bad luck, like breaking a leg, will bring good luck instead.

I guess a lot of other people are wishing for good luck in the world right now.