A few irish expressions

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A few irish expressions

Message  MurielB le Lun 23 Mai - 22:10

As scarse as hen's teeth
As useful as a cigarette lighter on a motorbile
As useless as a chocolate teapot
She has a tongue that would clip a hedge.
It's a fine day for young ducks

Do you know what they mean ?


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Re: A few irish expressions

Message  Guilaine le Mer 25 Mai - 22:18

OK for the first 4 expressions, which can be easily translated, although I don't really know the French equivalents.
But I have no idea about the 5th one : "It's a fine day for young ducks". Question
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Re: A few irish expressions

Message  MurielB le Mer 25 Mai - 22:59

Hello Ghislaine
Thank you for your answer
It's a fine day for young ducks means= It's a very wet weather;

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Re: A few irish expressions

Message  Guilaine le Ven 27 Mai - 12:06

Thank you, Muriel, I find it funny though. I'd like to know what is behind it, why "young", do the youngs ducks prefer the rain and not the old ones ????
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INDIAN ENGLISH EXPRESSIONS

Message  Henri le Ven 27 Mai - 12:38

In the sentences, the highlighted terms/words/phrases are typical Indian English expressions.

Come with your near and dear to my wedding.
[i]The term near and dear is used to refer to friends and family.
Come with your friends and family to my wedding
[/i

The L TTE committed a Himalayan blunder by killing our former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The term Himalayan blunder means big mistake.
The LTTE committed a big mistake by killing our former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.


The Congress (I) high command does not want him to contest the general election.
High Command means the top leader or President of a political party.
The Congress (I) President does not want him to contest the general election


What is your good name?
The term good name is a literal translation of shub naam (Hindi).
What is your name?


My cousin-brother is in Australia.
There is no cousin brother or cousin sister in English. Your cousin is your uncle's or aunt's son or daughter.

Look at these examples:
Jane is my cousin.
John is also my cousin.
My cousin is in Australia
.


Let's go to the station by auto.
The auto is to mean auto-ricksaw.
Let's go to the station by auto-ricksaw



Ragging is a criminal offence.

In Indian English Expressions, the term ragging means harassment of new students by seniors in educational institutions. In Britain, the word rag means a series of amusing events and activities organized by college students once a year to collect money for charity.

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Re: A few irish expressions

Message  MurielB le Ven 27 Mai - 22:08

Thank you very much, Henri for writing about indian english. Here is what I have found about its grammar
The role of English within the complex multilingual society of India is far from straightforward: it is used across the country, but it may be a speaker's first, second, or third language, and the grammar and phraseology may mimic that of the speaker's Indian language.

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