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Postby Brah » Sun, 12 Oct 2014 9:52 am

Though this is not a retooled cliche, "By right" is something I have only heard here, and ad nauseam.

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Postby nakatago » Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:24 am

Brah wrote:Though this is not a retooled cliche, "By right" is something I have only heard here, and ad nauseam.


By right, you should be used to Singapore proper English by now. :wink:


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Postby Wd40 » Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:55 am

Another similar one and used in the same context as "By right" is "close one eye"

"By right, he should have been caned, but because he is an FT, the authorities closed one eye"

Used in situations like; FT slapped a taxi driver :lol:

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Postby Brah » Sun, 12 Oct 2014 1:11 pm

nakatago wrote:
Brah wrote:Though this is not a retooled cliche, "By right" is something I have only heard here, and ad nauseam.


By right, you should be used to Singapore proper English by now. :wink:


:roll:

Used to - yes, roll my eyes when I hear it - usually, tolerant of - no, keeping it out my my lexicon - a daily battle.

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Postby uscate » Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:24 pm

This is a very funny thread!!

I had never heard "it takes 2 hands to clap" until I arrived in Singapore….and if I never hear it again it'll be too soon….

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:41 pm

Heard it often in the US before coming here. Might be regional though, in the US.

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Postby Wd40 » Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:11 am

uscate wrote:This is a very funny thread!!

I had never heard "it takes 2 hands to clap" until I arrived in Singapore….and if I never hear it again it'll be too soon….


Very common saying in India.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 13 Oct 2014 5:32 am

uscate wrote:This is a very funny thread!!

I had never heard "it takes 2 hands to clap" until I arrived in Singapore….and if I never hear it again it'll be too soon….


I don't know why this post reminds me of this:

If a man is walking alone in the forest and there is no woman around to watch him, is he still wrong?

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 13 Oct 2014 5:59 am

uscate wrote:This is a very funny thread!!

I had never heard "it takes 2 hands to clap" until I arrived in Singapore….and if I never hear it again it'll be too soon….


People stopped alluding to two-handed clapping ever since Bart Simpson demonstrated how he could clap with one hand.

@SE: in the same episode, Lisa cited the "tree falls in the forest thing" which of course spawned numerous derivatives including the 'man always wrong according to his wife.'

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 13 Oct 2014 8:37 am

Brah wrote:Though this is not a retooled cliche, "By right" is something I have only heard here, and ad nauseam.


To me it's quite a maybe 60s UK expression. I can see it as a repeated character phrase in a sit-com. In a work environment, a lowly probably older employee is the gatekeeper to something others need. Something pretty basic like access to the stationary cupboard. But because this is the only bit of power this fading character has he uses it to the tiring maximum.

John: Hi Alf, can you unlock the stationary cupboard, I need a pad and some pens.
Alf: What happened to all the pens you had last month?
John: All? I had three, and I've been really busy drafting reports.
Alf: [Looking over top of ancient spectacles] But by right the budget only allows for two per member of staff per month. But.... go on <sighing>, this time I'll let you.

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Postby the lynx » Mon, 13 Oct 2014 8:58 am

Sister just said this phrase "to overextend my welcome".

Told her it should be "to overstay my welcome".

On similar note, "it takes two hands to clap" relays the same meaning as "it takes two to tango". I don't know it is an actual saying or if it is an Asian derivative. Still sounds valid.

"To close one eye" is just a bastardisation of "to turn a blind eye (to)".

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Postby GSM8 » Mon, 13 Oct 2014 9:37 am

the lynx wrote:On similar note, "it takes two hands to clap" relays the same meaning as "it takes two to tango". I don't know it is an actual saying or if it is an Asian derivative. Still sounds valid.
Can't remember when/where I heard this (but has to be an Indian or Asian context) - Kid is arguing with his mother saying "it takes 2 hands to clap". Mother retorts, "it takes me 1 hand to slap"

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Postby earthfriendly » Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:33 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
If a man is walking alone in the forest and there is no woman around to watch him, is he still wrong?


Lovely analogy. I swim in my backyard pool naked. Next door neighbors' houses are such that they don't have an immediate view but if they have the need to peek over the fence, then is it my problem they end up catching a glimpse?

I think in whatever we set our heart in doing, we should strive to put out our best. However, not everyone is linguistically inclined. Me and my daughter have problems with rote memorisation, a necessity when learning the rules of a language. She would call an "ambulance" a "hospital truck". I understood her fully. It is not so easy for her to memorise another new term. She is far ahead of her peers in logical, rational and cognitive thinking. But just weak with language.

And also, they said 90 % of communication is done via body language and non-verbal cues. For the most part, I won't put too much reliance on the eloquence of words. But rather the whole package. Although in a forum setting, we largely have to rely on the written words.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:53 pm

GSM8 wrote:
the lynx wrote:On similar note, "it takes two hands to clap" relays the same meaning as "it takes two to tango". I don't know it is an actual saying or if it is an Asian derivative. Still sounds valid.
Can't remember when/where I heard this (but has to be an Indian or Asian context) - Kid is arguing with his mother saying "it takes 2 hands to clap". Mother retorts, "it takes me 1 hand to slap"


That's for sure, you would end up in court in the US. Your kids would have you arrested. :?

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Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:02 pm

the lynx wrote:Sister just said this phrase "to overextend my welcome".

Told her it should be "to overstay my welcome".


That correction probably didn't help your welcome either :)


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