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Colloquial Weather Terms

I'm looking for examples of colloquial weather terms like the "dog days" of summer, Indian summer, or blackberry winter. These are just examples, the terms don't have to be about weather like those. I'm just interested in learning more local/regional expressions like these, especially non-English ones if people know them. Thanks!
posted by Sangermaine on Apr 7, 2016 - 51 answers

Body parts "fall asleep" in English. What about in other languages?

English also has "pins and needles" to describe the sensation. What is it called in other languages? The only things I was able to find on the web is that it is called "ant running" in Hindi and that in Italian it is called "feeling ants." I find this super interesting!
posted by LKWorking on Mar 22, 2016 - 23 answers

Looking for good regex tutorial

I would like to learn regex and am looking for a good tutorial. Brief details inside. [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Feb 4, 2016 - 13 answers

If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes

I'm looking for all the places that claim to have the weather change every 5 minutes. [more inside]
posted by olya on Nov 22, 2014 - 84 answers

Help my hunt for an animal verb

In the vein of "squirrel away" or "ferret away" (and maybe even "badger"), I'm looking for a verb from the animal kingdom that means working hard at something, persistently and continually. It's come up a few times where I've wanted to say "Continue animaling away at the problem", but the particular beast I'm looking for eludes me. Help?
posted by kreestar on Nov 6, 2014 - 27 answers

Is "tee tee" for pee a regional or ethnic thing?

Is "tee-tee" for urination a regional or ethnic thing? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Nov 17, 2013 - 36 answers

hopefully there will be some good answers!

What are some non-religious words or phrases for expressing good wishes/thoughts for the future, besides "hopefully?" [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 13, 2012 - 24 answers

Coffee, Tea or Me

Where did the phrase "Coffee, tea or me? -- Coffee please" came from?
posted by ivanka on Aug 5, 2012 - 9 answers

What if...I'm lacking inspiration?

Need some good "what if...?" sayings! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Dec 2, 2011 - 30 answers

Who coined the term "Red, white and blue"?

I'd like to know who or whom first coined the term "red, white and blue" and if there was a purposeful differentiation from "blue, red and white" or any other combination thereof other than linguistic value. [more inside]
posted by jsavimbi on May 25, 2011 - 17 answers

Regular expression book with problems?

Looking for a book / website to teach regular expressions via problems. [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Nov 16, 2010 - 8 answers

How do you catch my eye in your language?

Calling non-English speakers: what are the equivalent phrases in other languages for "catching someone's eye" or "making eye contact"? [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Aug 27, 2010 - 13 answers

I am collecting Britishisms!

I need a lot of funny old-fashioned British expressions to throw into conversations with my British friend. [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on Jun 25, 2010 - 78 answers

Express Myself In Another Language

What are your favorite non-english words or expressions that do not have a close English equivalent? I am looking for different ways to look at the world.....from around the world.
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 1, 2010 - 67 answers

The [WHATS] of society?

Is there an opposite expression for "the ills of society"? [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Mar 5, 2010 - 15 answers

Where does this expression come from?

I'm looking for the source of something my Dad - born in 1924 in North Carolina and in the Army stationed in France in WWII - says. Usually around meal times, when someone asks what we're having for dinner he'll recite "Ham, ram, lamb, beef, bull, buzzard or buffalo?" (Unfortunately he doesn't remember where he got this from.) Anybody ever heard this expression before?
posted by Theresa on Mar 3, 2010 - 8 answers

By Thor's Hammer!

By the beard of Zeus! I'm looking for fantastic exclamations! [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Oct 14, 2009 - 86 answers

On MeFi, all portents of doom are typed...

Is it "writing on the wall" or "handwriting on the wall"? When / how did it change in popular usage? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Oct 12, 2009 - 24 answers

Stupid Performance Face :\

Performers, presenters, actors, dancers, models, all related: How do you get over awkward facial expressions and not look stupid? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 4, 2009 - 4 answers


I've just discovered the world of microexpression. I'd like to learn more, what books, research papers, blogs (and anything else) should I be looking at?
posted by nam3d on May 3, 2009 - 12 answers

How do you eloquently tell somebody that they are crazy?

What are some eloquent ways to proclaim that someone is crazy? This is for good tidings for some good friends getting married. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Apr 2, 2009 - 23 answers

"You're in our thoughts and prayers"

When did "thoughts and prayers" become such a commonplace expression of sympathy? [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Feb 16, 2009 - 11 answers

How would an Indian say "Oh my gosh"?

What would a good Indian expression of suprise be? Specifically a pleasant suprise, such as the realisation that one is going to make a large amount of money, possibly from someone who is none too reputable. The Hindi (or other language) version and a literal translation would be most useful.
posted by Artw on Dec 27, 2008 - 6 answers

Most all people don't know proper English, amirite?

"Most all" - it is wrong. Right? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jul 2, 2007 - 45 answers


What is your favorite and most colorful expression or phrase? Speaking about two idiots that we work with, my coworker said that they looked like 'Two monkey's f*cking a football', which led me to say 'They couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery', and as a final touch, which made me laugh, my coworker states 'They're about as handy as a bear cub with a toothpick'. I would love to write a book or create a website with colorful phrases from around the world. What are some of your favorite idioms that you use or have overhead in the boardroom, bar, or barnyard?
posted by jasondigitized on Oct 31, 2006 - 192 answers

Regex: Text from HTML, no attributes

Regex Madness...filter. How do I pull the text out of an html document without looking at the tag attributes? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz on Mar 26, 2006 - 26 answers

Combative non-sequitur retorts?

IdiomaticFilter...: [more inside]
posted by evariste on Mar 22, 2006 - 47 answers

Holy Shit, Batman!

Where do apeshit and batshit come from? [more inside]
posted by landtuna on Mar 21, 2006 - 26 answers

AE expressions tutorials?

Anyone know of any good tutorials on expressions in Adobe After Effects?
posted by brundlefly on Jan 8, 2006 - 2 answers

Is kabuki really empty?

It seems that when we Westerners call an event a "kabuki dance," we mean that the event is elaborate but ultimately without substance. Examples: 1, 2. When did this usage arise, and is this unfair to the kabuki art form?
posted by profwhat on Sep 15, 2005 - 8 answers

Source of the expression "give it the old college try"?

Language/idioms/etc: I'm wondering about the source of the expression "give it the old college try". Google offers tons of examples, but nothing concrete.
posted by cmyr on Jan 29, 2005 - 8 answers

Is there a regular expressions standard?

Regular Expressions: Is there a standard? [more] [more inside]
posted by normy on Apr 21, 2004 - 7 answers

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