(2003 to 2005)

Phrase of the day

Fri Jan 16 08:26:00 UTC+1100 2004


It's funny to observe the language that you pick up from various places.

I continually find that after spending a lot of time in a particular social circle I pick up the common expressions and 'in' sayings that are common among the group. It's funny too to see that these creep over to other social circles that you participate in, and watch as after a while through usage you have introduced some new saying or term to the group that catches on.

There are a few things that I'm notorious for saying: “Frankly”, “”Fella”, “Ballbag” spring immediately to mind -- and I know exactly where and how these came into my common vocabulary.

The reason for this post is that I've noticed over the last few weeks that I've picked up a few new phrases, but I can't recall their origins. These are: “Get on it” and “More power!”. I generally use these to indicate that I like something and recommend it, and that I like something and support it. It's frustrating me that I have no idea where I picked these up.

One other one that I've picked up lately is “This wins”, but I know exactly where I got that from. Thanks Dave. ;)

A phrase that I've nearly picked up but I'm trying to refrain from using is “Enjoy”. Chris Sells says this all the time after posting something in his blog, and I'd feel too much like a copy-cat to start saying it myself, but it's so tempting. Don't be surprised if I cave in and start ending my posts with “Enjoy.” soon too. :)

Then of course there's just the in-sayings that are just jokes that don't make sense outside of any given social circle: Take it Shaz! -> ->



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