- Apr 13, 2011
The figure of speech and generally this type of language used by FG should be reserved for the gutter. Is this now common in middle Ireland?
I'm older than you and I have heard the expression, rarely used nowadays because of the N word. Skeletons in the cupboard is the usual phrase used instead. Been a long long time since I heard it used so no surprise you have not.I have never in my life heard that expression actually used by anyone in everyday speech. I'm 37.
I only became aware of it recently thanks to the uproar in the British media from a politician or football commentator saying it.
Politicians seem quite fond of saying it for whatever reason.
Indeed it was.Never heard the expression used but certainly "catch a nigger by the toe" was commonly used in a nursery rhyme in the 70s.
Its a common mistake among those with a superficial knowledge of history - using today's attitudes to misunderstand the past. Watched Samuel L Jackson in Shaft last night, hilarious, completely politically incorrect over the top action comedy.Using the N word is unacceptable nowadays but the insistance that some people have of removing it from history seems bizarre to me. .......... History is what it is and it shouldn't be altered to suit someone's feelings.
That's a different meaning though. So not a replacement.I'm older than you and I have heard the expression, rarely used nowadays because of the N word. Skeletons in the cupboard is the usual phrase used instead. Been a long long time since I heard it used so no surprise you have not.
Yes, I think you would be right...apologies to all N******, skeletons, closets, woodpiles and grass...not all grass but most of itThat's a different meaning though. So not a replacement.
"Snake in the grass" would be more like it.
(with apologies in advance to the reptile community for any offence caused)