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This intrigues me and I am wondering whether it is actually true - according to the experts we do.

I'm not only thinking of the use in everyday language but also why or how some of it came into being.

eg Happy as Larry ( larry lamb - lambs gambolling in a field and looking happy to our eyes ? but why Larry unless it came from the children's Larry the Lamb so relatively recent in terms of language per se.

Nothing serious ( or even garden related ) but dinner is on and it's getting too dark to gardenimage

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  • happy as a pig in pooh .....springs to mind .....all my Russian family and friends now use this .....image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,630

    Cock-a-hoop image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,630

    Pleased as a dog with two tails image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,258

    Nope.  It's from a story in an NZ paper about an Oz boxer called Larry who won a significant sum and was described as being very happy.

    I watched a series on Invasions of the British Isles - more and more recently than you'd think - and, apparently, after the Norman invasion language morphed to adopt French/Latin origin words for "refined" stuff and Anglo/Saxon/Norse for mundane stuff like pigs, cows, their manure production and anything else mucky.

    The French have a saying for getting back to the subject in hand "Revenons à nos moutons" which went into common usage after a well known court case about a problem with sheep.   When the lawyers digressed, at length, the judge intervened saying "let's get back to our sheep".

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  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    At the cow's tail........being last.

    SW Scotland
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Buying a pig in a poke.

    You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear.

    SW Scotland
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 596

    My contribution has got to be  ..... busy as a bee!

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,630

    Horses for courses image

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,258

    It's a dog's life - round here anyway.  

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • pbffpbff Posts: 433

    As blind as a bat.

    As bald as a badger.

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