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Do people actually live in basements?

I'm sure you've all heard the phrase "living in your parent's basement." I was just wondering if it is common or if young adults/people actually live in basements or if it's just a saying. Where I'm from (southern california), I've never actually heard of anyone living in a basement, usually they will have a room in the house.
posted by nathanm on Jan 22, 2013 - 63 answers

Where does the phrase "Flippin' Henry" come from?

Where does the phrase "Flippin' Henry" come from (to express exasperation)? [more inside]
posted by chill on Oct 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Sucking on Words

Does anyone know if 'sucking on words' is an idiom or common phrase? If so, what is the meaning?
posted by Le pest on Jun 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Lesser known amazing foreign phrases?

I'm looking for obscure but beautiful or amazing sayings or phrases or words in languages or dialects other than American English. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Feb 7, 2012 - 32 answers

Fill in the blank!

"If [blank] were [blank(s)] then [blank] would be [blank]." Have you heard this before? Like, is this a particular saying with specific words in the [blank]'s? Or are there different permuations? I've had this general pattern in my head all day and I can't for the life of me remember how I've heard it go. Please fill in the [blank] and help me get it out of my head.
posted by hegemone on Sep 20, 2010 - 53 answers

Too much time make lady go crazy.

"Time on his hands and himself on his mind". This is a real saying, right? [more inside]
posted by Emilyisnow on Mar 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me remember this phrase, if it exists!

Is this phrase or saying real? Something along the lines of "The play never changes, only the players". [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Dec 19, 2008 - 14 answers

parents say the darndest things

Help me compile a list of vintage hokey parental catchphrases. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Oct 14, 2008 - 158 answers

Things About Fruit

I'm looking for phrases, sayings, anything that incorporates a fruit. For example: "Apple of my eye" or "Cherry on top." Thanks!
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 23, 2007 - 45 answers

Origina of "Local Boy Makes Good"

What is the origin of the phrase "Local Boy Makes Good"? I Googled it and see that it was a Mervyn LeRoy movie from 1931, so it's at least that old.
posted by abbyladybug on Sep 11, 2007 - 4 answers

More like "Ready or not here I come!"

Help me think of phrases that come exclusively from game play. Some examples would be: "Ollie ollie oxen free" and "ready or not here I come" and "ring a round a rosy".
posted by typewriter on Aug 9, 2006 - 60 answers

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