Saturday, October 29, 2005

Word Nerd Fun #10

Last week's winners for best neologisms (it's a tie) are Dr. Bear and Alicia. Email me your addresses at ThePhantomProf@aol.com and I'll get your prizes out to you.

OK, this week's fun with English lingo goes like this. Some of our golden oldie figures of speech and folksy sayings are getting lost. Only a few students over the past four years -- exactly one, actually, and she was in her late 20s at the time --knew "A stitch in time saves nine." Only a handful per semester had ever heard the phrase "as the crow flies" and what it meant. So here's a little puzzler for you. I've reduced five well-known sayings to their first letters only. Example: ABITHIWTITB is "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

And there's an extra step. After posting your answers to the five I've given you, post one of your own and let the rest of us guess. Best puzzler gets a Family Guy (TV show) keychain.

Ready, steady, go:
1. NPNG
2. DCOSM
3. TEBCTW
4. LDWDGUWF
5. ETBETRMAMHWAW

18 Comments:

Anonymous lenore said...

Bah, I can only get the first three. But here's mine (courtesy of "Good Morning Vietnam"): HTASAIAWR

1:47 PM  
Anonymous atthecrux said...

All but #4 here; submission is FRIWAFTT. Are we supposed to actually post the answers once we have 'em all?

2:34 PM  
Anonymous ian said...

I only got 2 right, but I got about 5 or 6 submissions... Does that mean that I win or should I wait longer? How do I send you my address and a picture?

2:46 PM  
Anonymous atthecrux said...

Ah, here we go. I hadn't heard #4 before, but guessed several of the words and searched the Web for the fragment that I'd guessed. The *last* letters of the proverbs are:

1. ONON
2. TYRDM
3. EYDSEM
4. ENHSTPHS
5. YODYOESANYYDE

And again, FRIWAFTT

3:03 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Got em! Wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

Mine is: AWANPMJADB

3:27 PM  
Blogger G. Brooke said...

I got them; #2 was oddly hard.

Here's mine, a family favorite: SOGOTP

The answer can be seen here at Wikipedia.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. No pain no gain.
2. Don't cry over spilt milk.
3. The early bird catches the worm.
4. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.
5. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Mine: AFAHMASP

Alice in Arkansas

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. No pain no gain.
2. Don't cry over spilt milk.
3. The early bird catches the worm.
4. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.
5. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Mine: NICBDAT

(will post answer later)

-Rachael, Dallas

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at work I said "the worm has turned" and no one in their 20's had idea what that meant.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it happens all the time. By the way, I think that Alice in Arkansas beat you to the keychain thingy...

3:30 PM  
Blogger zac said...

fun stuff...

NPNG - no pain, no gain
DCOSM - don't cry over spilled milk
TEBCTW - the early bird catches the worm
LDWDGUWF - lie down with dogs, get up with fleas
ETBETRMAMHWAW - early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

FRIWAFTT - fools rush in where angels fear to tread
AWANPMJADB - all work and no play makes jack (or john) a dull boy
SOGOTP - shit or get off the pot
AFAHMASP - a fool and his money are soon parted
NICBDAT - nothing is certain but death and taxes

try these-
DILLIGAF
LILABOCYNKWYGTG
SOOHADOTO

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay adding more since mine got figured out already.

YCTIWY
WTMTB
HWHAP
TMTOWTSAC
TETIAS
SFTHM
PLIN

working on those others...

rachael, dallas

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok figured those out.

do I look like a give a flip?
Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re going to get
Six of one half a dozen of the other

haha this is addicting after a while.

rachael, dallas

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do i look like i give a flip, that is.
(typos ew)

11:51 PM  
Blogger zac said...

rach - you're all over it girl! ;)

11:55 PM  
Blogger theprofessor said...

Alice in Arkansas: I believe you are the winner of the Family Guy keychain (it says "You suck" on it and if that offends you, I'll scramble for another prize out of my over-stuffed prize closet of TV and movie paraphernalia). Send your mailing address to ThePhantomProf@aol.com.

12:40 PM  
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