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    expressions and sense

    the expression:
    ''selling like hot cakes''
    makes think this: Do we ever buy eat hot cakes?
    Does hot cake exist? If not are we more and more talking ourselves out of sense for the sake of expressions?
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    It's an old expression from a time when people sold 'hot cakes' on the streets in the winter (presumably in busy towns where there was a passing trade). One assumes they would have been popular, so sold in great numbers and in a short space of time.
    It's a bit like 'putting the cart before the horse' - hardly anyone travels by horse and cart nowadays yet the expression still makes sense.

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    We need to talk more nonsense!

    Quote Originally Posted by cacian View Post
    the expression:
    ''selling like hot cakes''
    makes think this: Do we ever buy eat hot cakes?
    Does hot cake exist? If not are we more and more talking ourselves out of sense for the sake of expressions?
    Making sense is so boring! We need to talk more nonsense! Don't you think conversations that make absolutely no sense at all are the most interesting ones?

    Take for example a homeless person having an irrational conversation with themselves. (It's such a shame that society doesn't take better care of such people.) But at any rate isn't it more interesting to listen to the homeless person rant and rave irrational tirades, than it is listening to to "normal people" talk about the weather?

    More nonsense in literature is definitely the answer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfLarsen View Post
    Making sense is so boring! We need to talk more nonsense! Don't you think conversations that make absolutely no sense at all are the most interesting ones?

    Take for example a homeless person having an irrational conversation with themselves. (It's such a shame that society doesn't take better care of such people.) But at any rate isn't it more interesting to listen to the homeless person rant and rave irrational tirades, than it is listening to to "normal people" talk about the weather?
    More nonsense in literature is definitely the answer!
    I agree up to a certain point.
    Sense is logic and logic is happiness.
    A homeless person is tragic and so listening to them talk would make more sense then listening to the weather forecast.
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    cacian... what are you smoking when you come up with these inane questions? Do "hot cakes" exist? I hope so... I'll be having them for breakfast this morning along with my bacon and eggs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stlukesguild View Post
    cacian... what are you smoking when you come up with these inane questions? Do "hot cakes" exist? I hope so... I'll be having them for breakfast this morning along with my bacon and eggs.
    You have hot cakes for breakfast? What kind of hot cake is this? I only have or buy cold cakes and even when I bake a cake I wait for it to cool before I can eat it.
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfLarsen View Post
    Making sense is so boring! We need to talk more nonsense! Don't you think conversations that make absolutely no sense at all are the most interesting ones?
    I assume that's the excuse you use for posting so many inane replies on these threads. They're interesting.

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    "Hotcakes" AKA Pancakes are a common staple of breakfast in the US... served with Maple Syrup or fresh fruit.





    We had cinnamon-gingerbread hotcakes today.
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    another expression:

    ''rubbing one self the wrong way''

    I wondered what correct way one would rub themselves.
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacian View Post
    another expression:

    ''rubbing one self the wrong way''

    I wondered what correct way one would rub themselves.
    I literally just spat out a mouthful of tea on reading that.

    The 'correct way one would rub themselves'? Good grief, the mind boggles...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cacian View Post
    another expression:

    ''rubbing one self the wrong way''

    I wondered what correct way one would rub themselves.
    This is usually said similarly to "that rubbed me the wrong way", and indicates irritation or annoyance. I assume it refers to the way petting an animal the wrong way, i.e. against the fur rather than with it, feels uncomfortable to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calidore View Post
    This is usually said similarly to "that rubbed me the wrong way", and indicates irritation or annoyance. I assume it refers to the way petting an animal the wrong way, i.e. against the fur rather than with it, feels uncomfortable to them.
    I see. never thought it had an animal link to it.
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    another expression
    ''drama queen''
    whatever happened to the drama king?!
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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