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    Default "English sentences and expressions for foreigners" thread!

    Anybody else, who doesn't have english as their native language, have a problem with knowing what people mean when they say an expression in english? I mean, I heard the expression "hair of the dog" in movies and stuff tons of times and I never really knew what it meant. I'm not sure I know now either but I think I do.

    I thought I'd start this thread so if anyone has a question about expressions you can post it here and hopefully someone will give you an answer.

    So can anyone really tell me what "hair of the dog" means? If I have it right it's got something to do with taking a drink the morning after you've been drinking? Am I even near the right explanation?

    And also, in U2's "with or without you" Bono sings:

    "sleight of hand and twist of fate"

    Now what the hell is "sleight of hand"?

    This thread might sound really lame for all you who live in English speaking countries but it really annoys me when I don't know what something means..
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomic_punk View Post

    So can anyone really tell me what "hair of the dog" means? If I have it right it's got something to do with taking a drink the morning after you've been drinking? Am I even near the right explanation?
    Yep. It a shortened form of 'hair of the dog that bit you'.

    Quote Originally Posted by atomic_punk View Post
    And also, in U2's "with or without you" Bono sings:

    "sleight of hand and twist of fate"

    Now what the hell is "sleight of hand"?
    Basically means a deception. As in a guy doing a card trick might use a 'sleight of hand' in order to say, hide a card up his shirt sleeve. In the context of that particular song I think probably means someone manipulating events between two people in a secretive manner.
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    So that's what it means... Thanks!

    I'll get back to this thread when I have more questions..
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    "Fast and danger".....Very common to hear this over here....Surely ya know it....

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    As Goo pointed out "sleight of hand" can deal with deception. It's often associated with magic. Like seenbad actually getting it up.

    Now, "slight of hand" is DIF having trouble lifting his DIFstick.©®™ (One hand is just NOT enough.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by muffdiver View Post
    "Fast and danger".....Very common to hear this over here....Surely ya know it....



    I am ILL MITCH!! My board is fast and danger!

    I got two sides, one happy one anger...

    Word to that shit! Word!!!
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    Ill Mitch...I remember that shit from here a while ago......lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffdiver View Post
    "Fast and danger"

    Classic!
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    When you buy a cell phone you need to buy a "connection" so that you can talk or text anyone. What's that called in english? Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
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    I think we just refer to it as (cellular) service...

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomic_punk View Post
    When you buy a cell phone you need to buy a "connection" so that you can talk or text anyone. What's that called in english? Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
    SIM card?

 

 

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