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Posted: 16 May 2007 12:45 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Reecently there seems to have been an explosion of expressions like the one above: “Stairs don’t reach the attic”, “a sandwich short of a picnic”, “not got all his oars in the water” etc.  Is it just me or are most of these recent coinages?  If so, when did the explosion start?

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Posted: 16 May 2007 01:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It looks like some versions of these run back to the 19th century, and may have gotten started in Australia.  See the OED excerpt (and request for submissions) here.

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Posted: 16 May 2007 04:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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There was a spate if these back in the early 80s as well, many of which became popular and well known enough to be picked up by copy writers for radio commercials.

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Posted: 16 May 2007 11:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Well, since they seem to have originated in Australia, was that perhaps Barry Humphries, along with his colourful expressions for vomiting due to inebriation etc?

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Posted: 17 May 2007 04:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Bayard, I think he was a couple of cards short of a full deck. Err...just kidding.

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Posted: 20 May 2007 07:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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And sometimes you don’t have to be short of anything....you can, for example, “have kangaroos in the top paddock”. See this entry in Urban Dictionary.

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Posted: 25 May 2007 02:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I don’t know about any of you, but I’m two spankings shy of a slap on the ass.

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