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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:12 am 
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what about Davy Jones' locker?

I watched too many cartoons as a child so I thought that meant like, "hell" or something in sailor talk. Does it really just mean the sea?

Well it means dying at sea and being thrown overboard, so yeah, maybe both.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:36 pm 
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'theory' may well be a similar word to 'metaphor' in that it has a somewhat different meaning as a technical term as compared to being an everyday word.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:01 pm 
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My mum says funny things like "Careful! I don't want you falling in the drink!" ... with "the drink" referring to whatever river or ocean I was playing perilously close to. I have a feeling this is not just a mummism but haven't googled it as I should actually be sleeping. In fact, I think she told me where her saying that comes from at one point when I was a kid ... her dad ... Ireland ... bus drivers ... I don't know.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:40 pm 
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Imralu wrote:
My mum says funny things like "Careful! I don't want you falling in the drink!" ... with "the drink" referring to whatever river or ocean I was playing perilously close to. I have a feeling this is not just a mummism but haven't googled it as I should actually be sleeping. In fact, I think she told me where her saying that comes from at one point when I was a kid ... her dad ... Ireland ... bus drivers ... I don't know.

I've heard the term as a kid, as well, though not sure it was from my parents. Only pop culture reference I can think of is from the bridge of "Nobody Else But You" from A Goofy Movie, though given it's used by Goofy it might be intended to sound folksy or dated.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:22 pm 
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I think I've seen something like "drink" being used to refer to a whirlpool in some kind of cartoon, possibly some Disney comic (Uncle Scrooge? Donald Duck?).


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:14 am 
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Imralu wrote:
My mum says funny things like "Careful! I don't want you falling in the drink!" ... with "the drink" referring to whatever river or ocean I was playing perilously close to. I have a feeling this is not just a mummism but haven't googled it as I should actually be sleeping. In fact, I think she told me where her saying that comes from at one point when I was a kid ... her dad ... Ireland ... bus drivers ... I don't know.


It's very common, yes. It's certainly used (or was used?) in the RAF, but I don't know whether it was their own invention. There is, for instance, apparently a book called "Shot down and in the drink" about the heroic exploits of RAF crew.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:22 am 
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The Atlantic Ocean is often called "the pond" as in the expression "across the pond", though I am not so sure I would call this poetic.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:49 pm 
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Imralu wrote:
My mum says funny things like "Careful! I don't want you falling in the drink!" ... with "the drink" referring to whatever river or ocean I was playing perilously close to. I have a feeling this is not just a mummism but haven't googled it as I should actually be sleeping. In fact, I think she told me where her saying that comes from at one point when I was a kid ... her dad ... Ireland ... bus drivers ... I don't know.


It's very common, yes. It's certainly used (or was used?) in the RAF, but I don't know whether it was their own invention. There is, for instance, apparently a book called "Shot down and in the drink" about the heroic exploits of RAF crew.


Another slang term for the sea is The Briny, due to salt content.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:01 pm 
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The most commonly used poetic word for sky in Chinese is "穹蒼" which means "dôme bleu" literally.


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