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August 14, 2009 Wordplay & Creative Literary License, Jag Bhalla guest host

The transcript below covers the complete #litchat conversation on August 14, 2009. The order appears sequentially from the first post to the final post. Topic was open discussion: Wordplay and Creative Literary License. Guest host was Jag Bhalla (@hangingnoodles), author of I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears.

hangingnoodles: Hello litchatters. #litchat 1:00 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke: evening all #litchat 2 hours ago from TweetDeck
juxtabook: RT @LitChatReady for #litchat? We begin in 15 minutes w/ guest host @jagbhalla. See you there. 4-5p/et. 1:10 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead: @TheNewAuthor yay! You’re fab. Join #litchat if you’ve got a few mins. 1:00 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer: #litchat @jagbhalla | Looking forward to Hanging Noodles – I love books about language. How has NatGeo been as publisher? 1:01 PM Aug 14th, 2009
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CarlaBuckley: @hangingnoodles First, may I ask what the expression hanging noodles means? #litchat
hangingnoodles: @George9Writer Nat Geo have been great – an excellent brand that has gotten me through doors I’d never have dreamed were possible #litchat 1:01 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog: I accidently poured too much milk in my tea. #litchat 1:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles: @CarlaBuckley of course – it means “I’m not pulling your leg” in Russian #litchat 1:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog: BTW, I love that @litchat is 4 minutes late, and we’ve started asking @hangingnoodles questions on our own. #litchat 1:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke: @bibliofreakblog whoops #litchat 1:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead: RIGHT – nerd time.. firing up tweetchat.com Coming #litchat! 1:03 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog: @hangingnoodles knowing that meaning, it’s an apt title! #litchat 1:03 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley: Lol RT @bibliofreakblog: BTW, I love that @litchat is 4 minutes late, and we’ve started asking questions on our own. #litchat 1:03 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wwwgalelaurecom: Evening everyone! I can only stay in #litchat a little while. It is date night with my husband. I know I will enjoy it while I can! GL 1:04 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana: @hangingnoodles Brit author here, living in Conn., with favorite US/UK dictionary on my lap. #litchat 1:04 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles: @bibliofreakblog and there are others- in Spanish the equivalent is ‘to give it someone with cheese” #litchat 1:04 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley: @hangingnoodles How has NatGeo opened doors, if you don’t mind my asking #litchat 1:04 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer: #litchat @hangingnoodles That’s fabulous – congratulations! Talk about publisher-name recognition! 1:04 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana: New photo??? RT @rebeccawoodhead: RIGHT – nerd time.. firing up tweetchat.com Coming #litchat! #litchat 1:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles: @maggiedana I’m a Brit also – though I’v lived in US over a decade. Still resist US spellings #litchat 1:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog: @hangingnoodles I would think that w/ cheese would mean extra sequins and elevator music. #litchat 1:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead: @LexxClarke hee hee – a new addict! Hi all! #litchat 1:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock: @maggiedana Hello again! #litchat 1:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccacantrell: Are we started yet? #litchat 1:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead: @maggiedana yes – the winning pic from Ms Twitter UK – they finally put it up – http://rebeccawoodhead.com/ms-twitter-uk πŸ™‚ #litchat 1:06 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana: @hangingnoodles How d’you do? Been here long ‘ave you? Me? 40+ years and not lost accent yet … or most spellings. #litchat 1:06 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke: @rebeccawoodhead sssh you #litchat lol 1:06 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles: @CarlaBuckley just saying published by Nat Geo means it was taken more seriously by media and blurbers (e.g. Pinker, Saffire) #litchat 1:06 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana: Hi! Good to see you. RT @GLHancock: @maggiedana Hello again! #litchat 1:06 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke: Never been to a #litchat before. Think I’ll lurk a bit and see what happens. 1:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
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rebeccawoodhead: @rebeccacantrell we’re all still saying hello. Starting in a sec πŸ™‚ Hello! #litchat
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maggiedana: @rebeccawoodhead Congratulations …. AGAIN, you pennish pinup, you. #litchat
hangingnoodles: @maggiedana I’ve lost a lot of my accent, but its very useful for a new author – makes you sound smarter than you really are! #litchat 1:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana: @hangingnoodles That’s ‘cos we ARE smarter. [ducking as US missiles get flung at me] #litchat 1:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead: @maggiedana lol! Had to write two articles about it for important literary site. cary! #litchat 1:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
TheNewAuthor: #litchat @rebeccawoodhead Okay, first time here so we will see what happens. 1:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat: @wwwgalelaurecom Aw, c’mon, where are your *priorities*?? (Heehee!) #litchat 1:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @hangingnoodles Sadly, it didn’t help me because my first novel was pub’d in the UK last month. Flew home for it, accent ‘n all. #litchat -1:08 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke we love you @rebeccawoodhead all the word nerds do! #litchat -1:08 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer #litchat @hangingnoodles What sparked your interest in idioms and sayings? -1:09 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @maggiedana well, you can make tea better than us. I also like your buildings. #litchat -1:09 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @maggiedana living in DC I must not respond to that (PS you must see In The Loop very funny transatlantic comedy) #litchat -1:10 PM Aug 14th, 2009
pussreboots @maggiedana Please lets keep it civil. #litchat -1:10 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @LexxClarke thanks! #litchat -1:11 PM Aug 14th, 2009
Justinfloyd Looking forward to at least watching from outside–if not contributing to–#litchat -1:12 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @Justinfloyd we will draw you in. #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @hangingnoodles I see you got God Is Not Great Hitchens to blurb your book. VERY impressive. Was he tiddly? #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana LOL! RT @pussreboots: @maggiedana Please lets keep it civil. #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock Americans must depend on eyeglasses to look smart. #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke welcome @hangingnoodles you guys have made me believe that I can get published, there is room for the little guy! #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @hangingnoodles Ah. DC’s my hometown. I know missiles, and wrote manuals on how to load them. Just saying #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @maggiedana what’s tiddly? #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @George9Writer Russian explained “I’m not hanging noodles on your ears”, idioms=turns of phrase that require a turn of meaning #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @TheNewAuthor yay! Hi Brian πŸ™‚ You’ll love it #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana OK, here’s a conundrum. Why do they call it CIVIL war, when it’s anything but? #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
pitchparlour What is our subject? #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @LexxClarke πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat Well here I am, finally. Connection problems in my hotel room. But never mind that. Welcome, @JagBhalla! #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mciddangelo RT @FoundingEditor We’re looking for tiny stories!!! But you may win BIG! $200 http://lyricalpassionpoetry… #litchat #writechat -1:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
TheNewAuthor Hello all – new here so I think I will watch a little. #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @bibliofreakblog a wee bit, um, plastered. #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @maggiedana there was drinking involved. He wouldn’t blurb until we had met – a sort of qualifying test #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @maggiedana you were here last month? You didn’t call. I would have put the kettle on! #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @maggiedana because civilians take up arms? #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @LitChat your folks have already made me feel welcome! Thanks #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wwwgalelaurecom @Justinfloyd – You can learn a lot by watching. It is interesting, too. #litchat GL, Author -1:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccacantrell RT @pitchparlour: What is our subject? #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat Thanks to all of the LitChat faithful to getting started. Great community we have here. So on with the convo. #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @wmduke Prepare to be confused by abundance of simultaneous conversations. πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
pitchparlour @maggiedana Civil is an ancient English term referring to matters within the state, as opposed to a war of ‘foreign’ origin. #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @maggiedana oh, so like how I’ll get tonight? #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
conniemayfowler Good fiction writing is rooted in art, not therapy. If you get healed along the way? Bravo! #litchat #writechat #authors #writegoal -1:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @maggiedana Love that you’re getting into the idiomatic stuff so quickly! πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana unCIVIL civilians, if you ask me. RT @bibliofreakblog: @maggiedana because civilians take up arms? #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead anyone trying to follow this just using the search box might want to try tweetchat.com – which is working tonight πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @hangingnoodles Do you speak any other languages beside English, and if so, how has that influenced your research? #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @kashicat confused = “to have mambo in the head” Latin American Spanish #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog BTW, I’ve reviewed http://bit.ly/18lctv and… #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @jeremyduns Hey, Jeremy! Lots of Brits here today. #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat @jagbhalla or @hangingnoodles… Which do you prefer? #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
JSColley #followfriday @Alice__Gray @autho @agnieszkasshoes @suelange @michellewitte @George9Writer @MCidDAngelo #litchat #writechat #followfriday -1:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
latta #litchat hola. in the hummer on bb. will try to join. topic today? hi jag. -1:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow Great question! RT @CarlaBuckley: @hangingnoodles Do you speak any other languages & if so, how has that influenced your research? #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog … http://bit.ly/28UvMJ and am in process of reviewing… #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer #litchat @hangingnoodles Do you have another book planned, related to international idioms? A series, perhaps? -1:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Simultaneous, aka confusing/crazed. RT @kashicat: @wmduke Prepare to be confused by abundance of simultaneous conversations. πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog …the Search for the Perfect Language by Umberto Eco in honor of this week’s topic. #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead anyone know what we’re discussing? BTW @bibliofreakblog is in a dangerous mood I hear πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:19 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @CarlaBuckley don’t really (tho US & UK English), book is designed for armchair linguists, those fascinated but too lazy to learn #litchat -1:19 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mciddangelo @conniemayfowler I would say, therapy, most definitely @writechat #litchat #authors #writegoal -1:19 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @LitChat prefer @hangingnoodles #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 14th, 2009
inkwellHQ Lit chat convo starting now @Litchat #litchat, shld ask them abt ch . Problem is am a control freak, like symetry (can’t even spell now) -1:20 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @rebeccawoodhead I think that we are discussing @hangingnoodles’ book and asking questions about said book. #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat @latta The topic is @jagbhalla and his wonderful book, I’M NOT HANGING NOODLES ON YOUR EARS. #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock @hangingnoodles Are you an eggcorn fan? They took one of mine. I mean one I submitted, not did. Said. #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @bibliofreakblog ah Umberto Eco, my hero #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @hangingnoodles lol, is armchair linguist really a term? I just used that in a review. #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 14th, 2009
TheNewAuthor @rebeccawoodhead so tell me, who gets this party started? #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow @hangingnoodles “fascinated but too lazy to learn” – that’s me! #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @hangingnoodles Lazy linguists as a target market! #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @George9Writer would love to do another, have many unused idioms and linguistic items but depends on commercial success of this one #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Reminder to female tweeps. Don’t let @hangingnoodles help you choose earrings. #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog may be out of my depth – haven’t read it yet. Will watch with interest. #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @LexxClarke I’ll let you know when I’m done w/ the review…I’ve reviewed the Name of the Rose in the past. #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @hangingnoodles Can you give 140-character summary of bk? <g> I haven’t read or seen it yet. #litchat -1:22 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke I like armchair linguist, I think that’s me – as an engineering graduate #litchat -1:22 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @TheNewAuthor discussing a book I having read so I’m just watching for a bit to find out more about book #litchat -1:22 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow Hint, Hint! :o) RT @hangingnoodles: @George9Writer would love to do another… but depends on commercial success of this one #litchat -1:22 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke I guess topic is idioms? As in that old Maine fav.: “bookin’ it.” i.e. “moving really, really fast” & having nothing to do w/ books #litchat -1:22 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @rebeccawoodhead nor have I…we should get him to give away copies on Nerd Herd. #litchat -1:23 PM Aug 14th, 2009
pussreboots @rebeccawoodhead I haven’t read it either. I’m mostly lurking today. #litchat -1:23 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wwwgalelaurecom We have a lot of idioms in the south. #litchat GL, Author -1:23 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @bibliofreakblog if not it should be, my little joke is that my book can save you decades of effort- not learning the 10 languages #litchat -1:23 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @hangingnoodles Does your book show idioms that cause problems from one language/culture to another? i.e., Vega not good in Spanish #litchat -1:23 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat @hangingnoodles The armchair linguist, too lazy to be serious about study… that would be me, yes. #litchat -1:24 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @mindywithrow me too! we live lives that are too attention-deficit-disorder-ly #litchat -1:24 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @wmduke Ah, old Maine sayings. As in Don Bousquet’s NEW ENGLAND. #litchat -1:24 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke I love Focault’s Pendulum but Baudolino confused me #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @maggiedana that could be an idiom I don’t understand! #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @hangingnoodles well thanks to books (hint hint publishers) you don’t need to go get a PhD to pursue subjects you love #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow OK, I’m quoting you on that phrase! RT @hangingnoodles: @mindywithrow we live lives that are too attention-deficit-disorder-ly #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke thank you @bibliofreakblog I look forward to it! #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @kashicat collection of 1,000 idioms, 10 languages and lighthearted essays on related linguistics, psychology, anthropology… #litchat -1:26 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana RT @hangingnoodles: @maggiedana that could be an idiom I don’t understand! || Earrings? Women? Both? #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @hangingnoodles how many languages do you speak (has this been asked? sorry if it’s a repeat) #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @hangingnoodles Eeeee! Obviously, I need to get your book! That’s so up my alley. #litchat #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer #litchat @hangingnoodles | All the best of luck, then – surely some of the more literate #litchat followers will buy it. I’ll look for it -1:27 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @hangingnoodles How did you do your research, and how did you decide what to ex/included? #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @kashicat me too! #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Me too. Am ordering! RT @kashicat: @hangingnoodles Eeeee! Obviously, I need to get your book! Thats so up my alley. #litchat #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat Our friend @hangingnoodles disrespects himself when he downplays his smarts. When you read INHNOYE, you realize he is brilliant. #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @maggiedana applies to both… factoid mentioned in book – babies 2 days old have different staring preferences based on gender #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @maggiedana I’ll have to hope & pray the Toronto Public Library orders it! #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @hangingnoodles Based on gender of infant, or sex of person they’re staring at? #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke thus the basis of his appeal and brilliance @LitChat #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley It’s clear!! RT @LitChat: When you read INHNOYE, you realize he is brilliant. #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 14th, 2009
pussreboots @hangingnoodles How was this proven? How many babies involved in study? Is it cultural or genetic? (Is skeptical of factoid) #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @kashicat if you’ll forgive the shameless self promo – its recession friendly only $10 on Amazon and should be in stores near you! #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @hangingnoodles published in UK? #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccacantrell I suppose false modesty is better than none. πŸ™‚ RT @LitChat: @hangingnoodles disrespects himself when he downplays his smarts. #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns I’m a complete idiomit. #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
pussreboots @maggiedana Laugh all you want but you started off by being insulting. #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat @kashicat You can request your library order it. Tell them you hear about it straight from the author’s mouth in LitChat. #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @hangingnoodles tee hee, go ahead and be shameless…you’re here to promote your book! #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana LOL! But I seriously doubt it. RT @jeremyduns: I’m a complete idiomit. #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @jeremyduns I’d disagree with that assessment, btw #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccacantrell What about gender differences in idiom usage? That seems like a whole book right there, but what’s your favorite? #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @CarlaBuckley sadly not by travel, by dictionary diving. Criteria was amusing, intriguing or insightful (of culture or linguistics) #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @rebeccawoodhead yes published in UK last week! #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock Idioms have gender? #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @hangingnoodles in your book, do you discuss where the idioms originally come from? #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @pussreboots I think she was joking #litchat -1:32 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @hangingnoodles Re: being pubbed in UK–could your book be translated into other languages–seriously? #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @maggiedana hard to squeeze in! Baby girls stare longer at any faces – 2 days too early for cultural effect #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @hangingnoodles awesome – library here I come (bit poor at the mo but will tell everyone else to buy it) #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke Gender-based idiom: “She’s built like a brick shit-house!” #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns What’s the difference between idiom and slang? I guess there must be gender differences. #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @kashicat If you mean me, yes, I was. #litchat -1:34 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley RT @jeremyduns: wht’s the difference between idiom & slang? I guess thr must B gender differences. #litchat Slang is the idiom 4 idiom -1:34 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @jeremyduns idiom and idiot have same root – Greek idios meaning private (idiot 1st meant one not interested in public affairs) #litchat -1:34 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock @wmduke Good one! #litchat -1:34 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @LitChat That’s an *excellent* idea. #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow @George9Writer Thanks for posting those links! #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @hangingnoodles ‘not interested in public affairs.’ The luv Guv, perhaps? #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns I’m guessing idiomatic expressions for bodily functions and parts are often rather different – or are there examples where not? #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @hangingnoodles so idioms, being “private” are kinda like an inside joke? #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @rebeccacantrell too many for favoUrites – have some on my web site. eg German live in luxury=to live like a maggot in bacon #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns Lowering the tone a little. πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead you know as different as chalk and cheese is about people from the West Country in England because… never mind #litchat -1:36 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @hangingnoodles Still does? #litchat -1:36 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke ah @George9Writer beat me to it!! :o) #litchat -1:36 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @rebeccawoodhead Stop teasing. Want to know more about chalk and cheese. #litchat -1:36 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @rebeccawoodhead because some ppl mine for chalk and some are dairy farmers? πŸ˜‰ #litchat -1:36 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @CarlaBuckley Jaha! As they say here in Sweden. Interesting idoom I notice here (tbc) #litchat -1:37 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat I love idiot/idioms tidbit & similar things. Like discovering tavern & tabernacle are from same root. #litchat -1:37 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @GLHancock as you know many languages have grammatical gender (some up to 17 – noun classes is a more descriptive term) #litchat -1:37 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @jeremyduns my Swedish in-laws say uffda #litchat -1:37 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana The ONE really good thing about English is lack of gender-specific nouns. Otherwise, it must be a bear to learn. #litchat -1:38 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccacantrell @jeremyduns I don’t know if bodily functions are a lower tone than maggots in bacon, actually #litchat -1:38 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @CarlaBuckley LOL slang and idioms related. All cultures use non-literal language. #litchat -1:38 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns Swedes sometimes try to avoid saying ‘no’. ‘Nnnnjaahh’ sounds like they’re considering but is still ‘no way’. πŸ™‚ Noticed by many. #litchat -1:38 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog Can I just say that I ❀ this nerdtastic word lovefest #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana LOL! RT @rebeccacantrell: @jeremyduns I dont know if bodily functions are a lower tone than maggots in bacon, actually #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer @mindywithrow #litchat No problem, believe in helping fellow authors and lovers of language -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @maggiedana A bear. Clever. #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog it’s a bit too obvious to finish isn’t it? Although you farm chalk and mine for cheese – much from Cheddar gorge #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @maggiedana public affairs were considered a key duty in Ancient Greece- might be wiorth reviving that notion in our democracies #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @jeremyduns Swedes must be natural politicians, then. #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow LOL! True RT @rebeccacantrell: @jeremyduns I dont know if bodily functions are a lower tone than maggots in bacon, actually #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke chalk dry, cheese wet??? @rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @jeremyduns That’s because they hate saying no! #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @CarlaBuckley Uffda? What does that mean?! #litchat Like Oof? ‘Wow’, kind of thing, that must have hurt? -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog cheese mining is quite dangerous. Not allowed to use open flame in case of a ‘melt’ incident #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @jeremyduns I guess that we sort of say the same…”nyah” or “nyaw” #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke How this? Cut the cheese=slang b/c cheese can actually stink. Cheese it=idiom, b/c what does cheese have to do with run&hide? #litchat. -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
murzee RT @maggiedana: good thing about English is lack of gender-specific nouns. Otherwise, it must be a bear to learn. #litchat [eg Russian] -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @jeremyduns Swedish for kick the bucket throw your spoon into the corner #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @rebeccawoodhead groan #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow I think you just did. ;o) RT @bibliofreakblog: Can I just say that I ❀ this nerdtastic word lovefest #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @rebeccawoodhead Brings whole new meaning to ‘meltdown.’ #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @CarlaBuckley You have Swedish in-laws? So do I. Oy oy oy. πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @rebeccawoodhead oh, yes, I believe that’s what happened in CHURNobyl #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @murzee Hey! #litchat -1:41 PM Aug 14th, 2009
pussreboots @kashicat It was an inappropriate start to a chat, IMHO. #litchat -1:41 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana The cheese caused it? RT @bibliofreakblog: @rebeccawoodhead oh, yes, I believe thats what happened in CHURNobyl #litchat -1:41 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @bibliofreakblog @rebeccawoodhead it gets worse…. #litchat -1:41 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @maggiedana flame torches too close to the mines. #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke If you don’t, I will! =) RT @bibliofreakblog Can I just say that I ❀ this nerdtastic word lovefest #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @hangingnoodles Sorry to be dense–17 noun classes…could you explain in 140 xters or fewer? #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @rebeccawoodhead Italians have an idiom for something that’s perfect they say ‘its like the cheese on pasta” #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @hangingnoodles Never heard that! Have you learned all of these? #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog *groan* we’re milking the cheese thing a bit aren’t we? #litchat -1:43 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley As in, wht a bad surprise. RT @jeremyduns: @CarlaBuckley Uffda? wht does that mean?! #litchat lk Oof? ‘Wow’, kind of thing, that must ha … -1:43 PM Aug 14th, 2009
murzee Hey urself RT @maggiedana: @murzee Hey! #litchat -1:43 PM Aug 14th, 2009
winsloweliot #litchat this is the punchiest chat in the world. i can’t get a word in edgewise. -1:43 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @hangingnoodles I like that one! #litchat -1:43 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog I have to go get a slice of cheese…I’ll BRB #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley LOL RT @hangingnoodles: @jeremyduns Swedish for kick the bucket throw your spoon into the corner #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns ‘Cheesed off’ – why, I wonder? A bridge in Goteborg called The Cheese Slicer: so low you have to lie down in the boat! #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 14th, 2009
murzee puns again? be carefull! RT @maggiedana: RT @bibliofreakblog: @rebeccawoodhead oh, yes, I believe thats what happened in CHURNobyl #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @bibliofreakblog hehe #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @jeremyduns Why yah, I do have some Svedish in-laws, you betcha #litchat (sorry, off-topic) -1:44 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @CarlaBuckley Yeah, I have heard that. Also ‘oy oy oy’. #litchat -1:45 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @CarlaBuckley not easily – other languages have different noun classes (called genders) depending on shape or use of referents #litchat -1:45 PM Aug 14th, 2009
expatina @jeremyduns I remember from kids’ comic books and movies– “Cheezit, the cops!” #litchat -1:45 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @hangingnoodles Have you run into the dreaded US/UK ‘knock up’ kerfuffle? #litchat -1:45 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @CarlaBuckley I’m not sure there *is* an “off-topic” today. #litchat -1:45 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @jeremyduns I had to study my own book in prep for the radio interviews! #litchat -1:45 PM Aug 14th, 2009
murzee Topic? #litchat -1:46 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns Can idioms be wordless? Where my wife is from, a sibilant intake of breath means ‘Yes’ #litchat -1:46 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @kashicat Erm, it seems I could be an “off-topic”. #litchat -1:46 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @hangingnoodles sounds like an exam!! #litchat -1:46 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley How about the dreaded US/UK making love @maggiedana #litchat -1:46 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @expatina Indeed! in Whizzer and Chips and stuff. #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke Ayuh. RT @jeremyduns Can idioms be wordless? Where my wife is from, a sibilant intake of breath means ‘Yes’ #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @hangingnoodles What sort of things did they ask in the interviews? #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 14th, 2009
murzee RT @jeremyduns: Can idioms be wordless? Where my wife is from, a sibilant intake of breath means Yes [my mom can just look] #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow Good–I’m not only one who forgets what I write! RT @hangingnoodles: I had to study my own book in prep for the radio interviews! #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead seriously though.. I think the chalk and cheese thing is actually about Wiltshire specifically – v diff geog between chalk bit &.. #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @jeremyduns language doesn’t always mean words- e.g. Darwin defined it to include facial expressions-he wrote a whole book on it #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 14th, 2009
TheNewAuthor Making love, talking about books, and cheese…gotta love this place #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead .. y’know.. the other bit #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @maggiedana what’s the knock up kerfuffle? #litchat -1:48 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @hangingnoodles Silly of him when he could have just gurned and saved himself the effort! πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:48 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bcmystery @CarlaBuckley “making love” has always sounded like a craft project to me. #litchat -1:48 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead tries to do sibilant intake of breath and induces asthma. Hang on… #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @murzee πŸ™‚ But this is used across the islands. A barman will ask if you want another and you don’t nod, you intake breath. #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @kashicat book covers a lot of ground, most challenging was an hour live on public radio – many other taped so not so hard #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @maggiedana Yeah. I got knocked up in Ireland–5:30 in the morn to catch my flight. I heard some good colloquialisms in Ireland. #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @kashicat Thanks! Maybe it’s the topic (or TGIF) that’s doing it #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke US/UK dif: Fanny Farmer. In US = candy. In UK, is *like* candy, but different. πŸ˜‰ #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @bibliofreakblog UK ‘knock up’ = to wake up (in Victorian times, man with lantern yelling loudly in street) ; US knock up = …. #litchat -1:50 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @bcmystery sticky back plastic?? #litchat -1:50 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow @hangingnoodles So what are some of the favorite idioms you learned in writing? Besides the title one, obviously… #litchat -1:50 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @maggiedana sort of like the different definitions of twat and fanny? each is mild in opposite ends of the pond. #litchat -1:51 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer #litchat | Another USA/UK idiomatic divide: Here in the US, “taking the piss” means something done at a urinal -1:51 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @CarolyBurnsBass ‘I got knocked up in Ireland’ – that means something entirely diff in England #litchat -1:51 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @wmduke You’re a cheeky bugger, you are. #litchat -1:51 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @bibliofreakblog Doesn’t that sometimes mean ‘Kindah… maybe… not sure’? Here, it’s used more than ‘no’! #litchat -1:51 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @maggiedana I’m sure you know the Churchill quote – two nations divided by a common language #litchat -1:51 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke @hangingnoodles. is there one region of the US (or UK) that is more prone to use of idioms than others? #litchat -1:51 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Never mind other languages, we have enough trouble controlling our own. #litchat -1:52 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @wmduke probably the South. #litchat -1:52 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @bibliofreakblog Not any more in the UK with the former? There was a kerfuffle recently, I understand. #litchat -1:52 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @wmduke again – I’m fairly sure over here a f*nny farmer would be a pimp #litchat -1:52 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @wmduke not that I noticed – Steven Pinker says we store as many idioms and packaged expressions as words in our memory #litchat -1:52 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @hangingnoodles Churchill … I think of him often. Esp. when I end a sentence with a preposition. And “sunlit uplands.” #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley That may explain a few things… πŸ™‚ RT @bcmystery: @CarlaBuckley “making love” has always sounded like a craft project to me. #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @rebeccawoodhead I love it that you’ve lived on both sides of pond. Recently. Unlike me. #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley LOL RT @rebeccawoodhead: tries to do sibilant intake of breath and induces asthma. Hang on… #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog If I recall my high school French, faire du leche vitrine (sp?) “to lick the window” means to go window shopping. #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @rebeccawoodhead Ha! Imagine whistling inwards. A bit like what you do if you witness someone crash into a glass wall. #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow LOL. Me too! RT @maggiedana: Churchill…I think of him often. Esp. when I end a sentence with a preposition. And “sunlit uplands.” #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @jeremyduns over those too words there was a big kerfuffle recently. There are places where you can’t say either #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke @maggiedana I though the “up with which I will not put” was an H. L. Mencken-ism? #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 14th, 2009
expatina @jeremyduns In Italy, one says wordlessly, “beh,” “bah,” “boh,” and “buh,” each meaning something else. #litchat -1:55 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @bibliofreakblog I don’t know; the Midwest and Northeast have a parcel of expressions too, perhaps not as colorful as in the south #litchat -1:55 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles Can’t let the hour pass without a definition, idiom=phrase whose meaning isn’t clear from words in it, very illogical #litchat -1:55 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @maggiedana I do lots of translating. I change my online lang dep on readership of the hour too – sometimes UK and sometimes US #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @wmduke Oh, gosh, was it? If so, I shall have to revisit all my Churchill stuff. Then again, he could’ve been cribbing. #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @expatina Interesting. Didn’t know they all had different meanings. Of course there’s ‘bof!’ in French. We shrug shoulders, etc. #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @wmduke no that was Churchill #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @hangingnoodles would Cockney rhyming slang count? #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @expatina this is true for MANY Asian languages as well, and the intonation can make all the difference, too #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @maggiedana @wmduke I’ve always heard it was Churchill #litchat -1:57 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @jeremyduns of course. Bof. Had forgotten. Not been to France in ages #litchat -1:57 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @rebeccawoodhead Rhyming slang? Let me take a butchers at that. #litchat -1:57 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @rebeccawoodhead I include that as an example of intentional idiom creation. Other idioms inadvertent-due to semantic drift #litchat -1:57 PM Aug 14th, 2009
TheNewAuthor @expatina In Italy normal hand gestures mean something. They communicate with everything. #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke @maggiedana. No, you must be right. I just checked wikipedia (which, as we know, is never wrong) and it’s not attri’bd to Mencken #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @CarlaBuckley Japanese trust non verbal communication more (Haragei) than what you say #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns I asked the first girl I kissed if she had kissed anyone else. Unfortunately she was French and I got it wrong. True! #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat So idioms will be the thing that learners of a new language have the hardest time getting their heads around #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @hangingnoodles Semantic drift. What a great expression. #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @wmduke I love Wikipedia, but have to remind myself not to take it too seriously. #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @hangingnoodles Yes! The importance of bowing correctly in Japan #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @maggiedana another Brit? I don’t Adam and Eve it! #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @hangingnoodles Re Japanese non-verbal communication, maybe that’s why anime goes overtop sometimes w/physical expression. #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns In Malaysia, ‘lah’ is added to a lot of sentences a little in the Italian style, for emphasis. #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles non idiomatic expression I quote in book “humoUr is a necessary counterweight to the hegemony of reason” #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Bingo. RT @kashicat: So idioms will be the thing that learners of a new language have the hardest time getting their heads around #litchat -2:00 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns I still point at things with my little finger because of living in Malaysia, where index is very rude. So I guess that’s idiom? #litchat -2:00 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock @kasicat So true! I edit ESL’s material frequently. Idioms are usually incorrect and/or incorrectly used. #litchat -2:00 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bcmystery @CarlaBuckley Ouch! πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:00 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer #litchat @hangingnoodles @rebeccawoodhead In that same spirit, the obscuring Cant of the Travelers – intentional idioms -2:00 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke Can semantic drift be sibilant? #litchat -2:00 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @GLHancock I can just imagine. And you can’t entirely explain them, I’m sure. #litchat -2:01 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @jeremyduns Yes–and I’m weird about touching people on the head #litchat -2:01 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @rebeccawoodhead Now you’ve got me scratching my silly Brit, ex-pat head. #litchat -2:01 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog what? is our hour up? This flew by. #litchat -2:01 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Only on first syllable of second word. RT @wmduke: Can semantic drift be sibilant? #litchat -2:01 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke that is to say, do we change the meaning always, or do we sometimes change the sound, which causes shift in meaning? #litchat -2:01 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @jeremyduns That would be like shaking hands with traditionally “unsanitary” hand, which would be rude. #litchat -2:01 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass When I lived in Japan I bought a book intended to teach American idioms in Japanese. It was a hoot to read. #litchat -2:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @CarlaBuckley Where’s that from?! #litchat -2:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @CarlaBuckley for Japanese what one says is too prone to conscious manipulation, they prefer more honest signals #litchat -2:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @maggiedana Adam and Eve it = believe it #litchat -2:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock @kashicat LOL! My best exp. is that’s just the way it is/I am the editor and I say so! #litchat -2:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @wmduke Sharp intake of breath. πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead remind me what semantic drift is #litchat -2:02 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley @jeremyduns Thailand. I think it’s Buddhist in origin, where the head is a holy part of one’s body #litchat -2:03 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Ahhhh …. thanks. Saved me a sleepless night. RT @rebeccawoodhead: @maggiedana Adam and Eve it = believe it #litchat -2:03 PM Aug 14th, 2009
CarlaBuckley Thank U, @hangingnoodles U’ve got 2 come back 4 another chat, after we’ve read yr book & cn pepper U w appropriate questions #litchat -2:03 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock @rebeccawoodhead Don’t worry, if you’re caught in one, we’ll net you with the semantic web. #litchat -2:04 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @kashicat I know, but I didn’t want people to think I’m obsessed with that sort of thing. πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:04 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @GLHancock don’t you mean semantic drift net? #litchat -2:04 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Good grief! Have we been here for an hour? Already? Tempus fugit when you’re having fun. #litchat -2:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @rebeccawoodhead @maggiedana some of the stuff that comes out of your norf (sic) #litchat -2:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles @CarlaBuckley would love to-you are such a smart interesting bunch! Its been a pleasure! #litchat -2:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke RT @rebeccawoodhead: @GLHancock dont you mean semantic drift net? pole and line is more humane! #litchat -2:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke Words that change meaning so much they become obsolete = semantic driftwood? #litchat -2:05 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead I’m cool. Looked it up and it meant what I thought it meant. Thanks for the chat. V interesting. πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:06 PM Aug 14th, 2009
expatina @jeremyduns “Beh” has a “so it goes” tone, “boh” needs raised brows, “bah” even less pleased and “buh” more “whaddya expect?” #litchat -2:06 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns As a child, I loved a book called The Story of English, which looked at everything from pidgin English to surfer speak. #litchat -2:06 PM Aug 14th, 2009
hangingnoodles Thank you litchatters! Its an honoUr for a first time author like me to chat with you… #litchat -2:06 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock @LexxClarke Well, we could throw her a line, perhaps. Start at Act II, Scene 1 #litchat -2:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer Thanks for another great #litchat, and good luck with I’M NOT HANGING NOODLES ON YOUR EARS -2:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @expatina Fantastic. #litchat -2:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @hangingnoodles I’ve really enjoyed this! Thanks! #litchat -2:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
mindywithrow @hangingnoodles Thanks so much! Another interesting convo. Definitely looking up your book! #litchat -2:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat Let’s give @hangingnoodles a ginormous LitChat thank you for spending this hour with us. We learned and had fun. #litchat -2:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @jeremyduns I readl The Story of English too! Probably one of the first bks I read, about history of the language. #litchat -2:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @GLHancock really not necessary. I know all this stuff from Uni am just tired – 10 pm #litchat -2:07 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer @dirtyboy1uk From the looks of today’s #litchat, it seems there are ample wankers on both sides of the Pond. -2:08 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @LitChat yes indeed thank you so much @hangingnoodles #litchat -2:08 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat RT @LitChat: Lets give @hangingnoodles a ginormous LitChat thank you for spending this hour with us. [thunderous applause] #litchat -2:08 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog YAY FOR #LITCHAT TWEEPS #followfriday #litchat -2:08 PM Aug 14th, 2009
GLHancock Claps @hangingnoodles #litchat -2:08 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @jeremyduns Story of English by McCrum, Cann, McNeil? On my bookshelf. #litchat -2:08 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @wmduke So, what did you think? Kind of a verbal madhouse, eh? #litchat -2:09 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @kashicat Yes, same here. By Robert McCrum, now literary critic for The Guardian. Great book, must get a copy. #litchat -2:09 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat An afterword: The essays that introduce the chapters in I’M NOT HANGING NOODLES IN YOUR EARS are terrific. #litchat -2:09 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @jeremyduns That’s my problem — I’ve read many of these, but only possess a few. Must. Rectify. #litchat -2:10 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Clapping here, too. THANK YOU, @hangingnoodles for a great #litchat. RT @GLHancock: Claps @hangingnoodles #litchat -2:10 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer #litchat @hangingnoodles *round of applause* Good luck with your book, and with Nat Geo! I’ll tell my friends. -2:10 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LitChat Thanks to all you you LitChatters for getting the ball rolling today. You guys ROCK. #litchat -2:11 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @jeremyduns Wasn’t that a documentary series too? #litchat -2:11 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @jeremyduns But sadly, Mr. McCrum can be a bit sour, these days. So I’m told by author friends in UK. #litchat -2:11 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @maggiedana Yep. I loved that book. #litchat -2:11 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @GLHancock thanks to all the lovely #litchat tweeps for chat #litchat -2:12 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @LitChat what’s the topic next week? #litchat -2:12 PM Aug 14th, 2009
wmduke Except next time I’ll remember to add the #litchat tag πŸ˜‰ RT wmduke @kashicat Much fun. I shall return. =) -2:12 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead sorry that was for everyone! #litchat -2:12 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @kashicat Yes, I believe it was on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater here. The Story of English. A wonderful series. #litchat -2:12 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog and don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to nominate blogs for #BBAW #litchat -2:13 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @LexxClarke ah! I thought it was norf/north but couldn’t work out what it was. Can never tell when someone’s being a Berkshire’s #litchat -2:13 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Our poor tweeps. I completely forget about them when having fun in a #tweetchat room. Hope they’re not too mad at me. #litchat -2:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @rebeccawoodhead hat? #litchat -2:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @rebeccawoodhead Berkshire? Don’t elaborate. I actually know this one! #litchat -2:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat @maggiedana I’m sure I saw that too, tho memory is v.vague.I know there was more recent Eng-history series too, & can’t recall name #litchat -2:14 PM Aug 14th, 2009
bibliofreakblog @maggiedana i’m a bit surprised all of our tweeps haven’t blocked us by now. #litchat -2:15 PM Aug 14th, 2009
jeremyduns @kashicat Might well have been, but I never saw it! #litchat -2:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana Me too. They have every reason to. RT @bibliofreakblog: @maggiedana im a bit surprised all of our tweeps havent blocked us by now. #litchat -2:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @maggiedana don’t worry. I won’t. Fortunately most people don’t know it so you can call someone a ‘berk’ without offending πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:16 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat I thought TweetChat implied it would *only* send these posts to that chat & bypass general tweets. But alas. #litchat -2:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @LexxClarke think about it quietly to yourself πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
kashicat Imagine the popularity of *that* sort of chat service! #litchat -2:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
George9Writer @LexxClarke Perish the thought – speaking generally of our common wankerism #litchat -2:17 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @rebeccawoodhead You really are a naughty girl … but I think you’re fabulous, anyway. #litchat -2:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @maggiedana πŸ™‚ I’m never naughty πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:18 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @rebeccawoodhead Wait a minute. You mean tweeps in the UK wouldn’t know what ‘berk’ meant? Or only elsewhere? #litchat -2:19 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana If only. RT @kashicat: I thought TweetChat implied it would *only* send these posts to that chat & bypass general tweets. But alas. #litchat -2:20 PM Aug 14th, 2009
LexxClarke @rebeccawoodhead that is a very rude word!! *bleaches ears *#litchat -2:20 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @maggiedana no – tweeps in the UK wouldn’t know the original meaning of ‘berk’ – it’s non-offensive #litchat -2:20 PM Aug 14th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead signing off tweetchat now. Byee! #litchat -2:22 PM Aug 14th, 2009
maggiedana @rebeccawoodhead G’night!!!! #litchat -2:22 PM Aug 14th, 2009
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