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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    I can recall my cousin visiting Fife for the first time many years ago - for a while she wandered around with a quizical expression until she eventually asked "Who is this 'Ken' everyone is talking about he must be popular'.

    It was hard to explain if ye ken whit a mean!
    I have come across 'outwith' often enough, even use it myself sometimes. And the Scots use of 'ken' is familiar. But put the two together and suddenly I was thinking "Eh? Can you say that? Is that allowed?"

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    Barbebleu introduced me to the delightful phrase "to over-egg the pudding". I love it!

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    "to on-shore" (vb.) bring manufacturing of something to the home country
    "I am trying to on-shore as many of the critical components in order to manufacture vaccines," Mr. Champagne said in an interview with the Globe and Mail. (Philippe Champagne is the Canadian Industry Minister.)

    "nutritional content"
    "slime video"
    "Chances are you would want your kid to have more nutritional things to watch as a YouTube Original than just a slime video, you know." Head of pre-school content for YouTube Originals (Globe and Mail)
    Last edited by Roger Knox; Mar-17-2021 at 21:09.

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    In the newspaper yesterday I came across the word 'nod-crafty' referring to the habit of nodding your head with great wisdom as someone speaks though you have no idea what they're talking about.

    Some of my nearest and dearest do this and it drives me up the wall!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    In the newspaper yesterday I came across the word 'nod-crafty' referring to the habit of nodding your head with great wisdom as someone speaks though you have no idea what they're talking about.

    Some of my nearest and dearest do this and it drives me up the wall!
    In one of Stephen Potter's excellent and truly droll books on Lifemanship or One-Upmanship, he details the art of nodding sympathetically and making thoughtful-sounding sucking and gurgling noises with ones' pipe as one listens to another's tale of either wonder or woe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    In the newspaper yesterday I came across the word 'nod-crafty' referring to the habit of nodding your head with great wisdom as someone speaks though you have no idea what they're talking about.

    Some of my nearest and dearest do this and it drives me up the wall!
    In these Covid days where the host of cable news channels will have several guests in a Zoom gallery, it is typical that when the host says almost anything, several guests nod ‘knowingly’ whether they get the point or not.

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    I cringe every time the BBC refers to a Covid vaccine as a "jab." For instance, a headline today, "AstraZeneca must catch up on jab deliveries." It is idiotic. "Jab" is an action. They don't have to catch up on deliveries of jabbing, then need to catch up on the little bottles full of liquid.

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    Jab is a colloquial expression in the UK and most English speaking countries which translates to sticking a needle in your body.
    "Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car, oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car.

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