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brian_eggleston
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1/2/2013 9:17:21 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Here's a curious idiom: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

On the face of it, this proverb makes little sense. "Don't punch a gift horse in the mouth" would be better advice, I would say, but anyway, it doesn't really matter because here in London the only horses I ever see are riot police horses and the horses of the Household Cavalry outside Buckingham Palace, I've never seen a horse carrying gifts before, but if I ever do, I'll make sure not to look it in the mouth (perhaps they are sensitive about their teeth).

Do you have any examples of old sayings that make no sense?
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1/2/2013 3:44:41 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/2/2013 9:17:21 AM, brian_eggleston wrote:
Here's a curious idiom: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

LOL! We have the exact same idiom in serbian... I thought it was reserved for these regions. Anyway, I can get a lot of sense out of idioms like this, even if they generally make no sense by themselves.

On the face of it, this proverb makes little sense. "Don't punch a gift horse in the mouth" would be better advice, I would say, but anyway, it doesn't really matter because here in London the only horses I ever see are riot police horses and the horses of the Household Cavalry outside Buckingham Palace, I've never seen a horse carrying gifts before, but if I ever do, I'll make sure not to look it in the mouth (perhaps they are sensitive about their teeth).

Do you have any examples of old sayings that make no sense?
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1/2/2013 10:14:57 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/2/2013 9:17:21 AM, brian_eggleston wrote:
Here's a curious idiom: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

.... but what does it mean?
On the face of it, this proverb makes little sense. "Don't punch a gift horse in the mouth" would be better advice, I would say, but anyway, it doesn't really matter because here in London the only horses I ever see are riot police horses and the horses of the Household Cavalry outside Buckingham Palace, I've never seen a horse carrying gifts before, but if I ever do, I'll make sure not to look it in the mouth (perhaps they are sensitive about their teeth).

Do you have any examples of old sayings that make no sense?

The jig is up.... I've always hated that one....
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1/2/2013 10:18:20 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/2/2013 10:14:57 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 1/2/2013 9:17:21 AM, brian_eggleston wrote:
Here's a curious idiom: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

.... but what does it mean?

It means to not criticize a present someone gives you. You can tell the age of a horse by its teeth, so looking at it in the mouth means to dislike or criticize the "gift horse."
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1/2/2013 10:22:16 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/2/2013 10:18:20 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
At 1/2/2013 10:14:57 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 1/2/2013 9:17:21 AM, brian_eggleston wrote:
Here's a curious idiom: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

.... but what does it mean?

It means to not criticize a present someone gives you. You can tell the age of a horse by its teeth, so looking at it in the mouth means to dislike or criticize the "gift horse."

I see.... makes sense in a.... horse... centered... culture........ I guess....
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: : The Fool: It's my English writing. Either way It's okay have a larger vocabulary then you, and a better grasp of language, and you're a woman.
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1/2/2013 11:29:28 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/2/2013 10:22:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 1/2/2013 10:18:20 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
At 1/2/2013 10:14:57 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 1/2/2013 9:17:21 AM, brian_eggleston wrote:
Here's a curious idiom: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

.... but what does it mean?

It means to not criticize a present someone gives you. You can tell the age of a horse by its teeth, so looking at it in the mouth means to dislike or criticize the "gift horse."

I see.... makes sense in a.... horse... centered... culture........ I guess....

I wish I had long hair, so that I could form a pony tail and proceed to finger my pony hole.

...that. Uh, that's not weird.. is it?
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1/3/2013 1:03:11 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/2/2013 10:22:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 1/2/2013 10:18:20 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
At 1/2/2013 10:14:57 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 1/2/2013 9:17:21 AM, brian_eggleston wrote:
Here's a curious idiom: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

.... but what does it mean?

It means to not criticize a present someone gives you. You can tell the age of a horse by its teeth, so looking at it in the mouth means to dislike or criticize the "gift horse."

I see.... makes sense in a.... horse... centered... culture........ I guess....

Well its like if someone gave you like a computer game or something and you opened the box to check the disc for scratches as soon as you go it. It's rude. Instead of appreciating the gift, you're checking it for value.