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Posted: 05 June 2009 06:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Score is more focused on the obtaining than the paying. “He just scored,” means he has the drugs in his possession.

I like squander the best of the all the suggestions so far, but I’m not sure the original request intended to emphasize the waste of money.

And I don’t see the squalor connotation in squander. Sure they have the same opening phonemes, but they don’t have any semantic connection.

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Posted: 05 June 2009 10:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Blue is another possibility.

OED:

blue, v.2

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1. trans. To spend or get through (money) lavishly or extravagantly; = BLOW v.1 9c.

1846 Swell’s Night Guide 76 The coves..vot we blues a bob or a tanner to see. 1859 HOTTEN Dict. Slang. s.v. Blewed, ‘I blewed all my blunt last night’, I spent all my money. 1867 T. W. ROBERTSON Caste 111, ‘So Papa Eccles had the money?’ ‘And blued it!’ 1884 Daily Tel. 28 May 5/1 He took to horses, and blewed the blooming lot [i.e. £1,700] in eighteen months. 1888 FARJEON Miser Farebrother III. i. 5 You brought down two thousand pounds with you, and you blued it. 1930 W. DE LA MARE On Edge 228 She had taken a holiday and just blued some of her savings. 1959 Observer 17 May 8/5 Men in cotton shirts and corduroys met there to ‘blue’ their cheques on supplies and on fiery colonial rum.

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Posted: 06 June 2009 03:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Dave Wilton - 05 June 2009 06:11 PM

Score is more focused on the obtaining than the paying. “He just scored,” means he has the drugs in his possession.

I like squander the best of the all the suggestions so far, but I’m not sure the original request intended to emphasize the waste of money.

And I don’t see the squalor connotation in squander. Sure they have the same opening phonemes, but they don’t have any semantic connection.

Fair point on “score”.

Re “squander”: if anything, there’s an undercurrent of luxurious living, albeit of a temporary nature.

Regarding “blue”. I’m a little confused. Are you saying then when i blew my wages on a horse i actually blue my wages on a horse?

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Posted: 07 June 2009 06:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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jointgib - 06 June 2009 03:12 PM


Regarding “blue”. I’m a little confused. Are you saying then when i blew my wages on a horse i actually blue my wages on a horse?

Blew your wages, blued your wages, either would serve (although I’d warrant the latter is rare now.)

Here’s OED on blow, 9

c. To lay out or get through (money) in a lavish manner; to squander; = BLUE v.2 1. slang. Also refl. (U.S. dial.): see quot. 1896.
1874 HOTTEN Slang Dict., Blew, or blow,..to lose or spend money.

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Posted: 07 June 2009 09:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Blew is rare. Blued is extinct.

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Posted: 07 June 2009 09:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Blued may indeed be dead but blew is far from rare in this part of England (the South Coast). In fact it’s very common indeed. People use blow, blew (don’t blow all your wages in one night, he blew his money at the racetrack); the forms blue, blued are long forgotten by most.

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Posted: 07 June 2009 02:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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aldiboronti - 07 June 2009 09:55 AM

Blued may indeed be dead but blew is far from rare in this part of England (the South Coast). In fact it’s very common indeed. People use blow, blew (don’t blow all your wages in one night, he blew his money at the racetrack); the forms blue, blued are long forgotten by most.

I’m only getting 448 ghits for “blew his wages”, which is how i arrived at “rare”.

“blew his money” does get a much more respectable 3990 ghits though. And i do still here it round here, and almost always in connection with either some kind of gambling or drinking. Did anyone ever blow it all on ebay?

Is this related to “blow” in the sense of “Don’t blow it!” as in don’t mess up a task, as in don’t ruin your chances by e.g. swearing in a job interview etc.?

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Posted: 07 June 2009 02:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Googling ‘blew his wages’ will speak only to the frequency of the phrase, no safe conclusion can be drawn from that about the frequency of blew itself in the sense required.

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Posted: 07 June 2009 02:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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I agree it’s not a scientific approach to just count the hits. But what else do we have to measure how well a phrase is surviving?

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Posted: 07 June 2009 05:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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"Blow” in this sense is quite common in the US.  “Blow your money” gets a reported 126,000 Googlehits.

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Posted: 07 June 2009 11:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Google’s hit counts are becoming more “interesting” as time goes on.

Recently the following searches gave the following number of hits:
1) “sooner than later” = 744,000 hits
2) “sooner than later” -"rather sooner than later” = 184,000
3) “sooner than later” -"rather sooner than later” -drake = 1,610,000
4) “sooner than later” -"rather sooner than later” = 1,500,000

2) should remove some hits from 1) so as expected the total is lower.
3) is asking to remove some results from 2) but the total is higher? (Drake is an artist with a song titled “Sooner Than Later")
4) is exactly the same query as 2) with a wildly different result.
Repeated this from 1) 3 times and got the same results.

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Posted: 08 June 2009 03:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Language Log has occasionally discussed the matter of evaluating the number of google hits.  One thing to do is go past the first page.  The number of hits reported on the first page of hits is often the result of some sort of WAG algorithm that has no bearing on reality.  Go on past the first few pages and the number of total hits will settle down to a more reasonable number.

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Posted: 11 December 2017 03:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Rather than start a new thread to ask the same question, I saw this on the book of faeces this evening:

“What is it when you make a toy rabbit out of real rabbit fur or carve a tree out of wood - basically destroying the real thing in order to make a representation of that thing?
There’s a word. It has escaped me.”

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Posted: 11 December 2017 06:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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How about a ‘way out’ suggestion.........’blood money’? 

You pays your money to hire a killer (cigs, booze, drugs, etc.) which kills the mark (you)!

I’d say that would be a way out solution.

[ Edited: 11 December 2017 07:08 AM by Skibberoo ]
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Posted: 11 December 2017 11:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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general eclectic - 11 December 2017 03:46 AM

Rather than start a new thread to ask the same question, I saw this on the book of faeces this evening:

“What is it when you make a toy rabbit out of real rabbit fur or carve a tree out of wood - basically destroying the real thing in order to make a representation of that thing?
There’s a word. It has escaped me.”

Is this what you are talking about re stuffed animals? http://www.wildlifetreasures.com/rabbits.htm#rabbit
As far as a carving of a tree carved out of wood from that tree, I have no idea.

[ Edited: 11 December 2017 11:15 AM by Eyehawk ]
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