RoyBatty: Origin of the phrase "Hold down the fort" (to be pedantic, it should've been "Hold down the castle")Link
fusillade762: And "rule of thumb," he wrote, can according to women's activists refer "to an antiquated law, whereby the width of a husband's thumb was the legal size of a switch or rod allowed to beat his wife."Someone needs to learn how to use the Googles.
miltonbabbitt: Rule of thumb?[media.tumblr.com image 500x370]
Johnny Bananapeel: Nobody ever mentions the obvious "keep your cotton pickin' hands off..." when they list these sorts of offensive phrases. [i.imgur.com image 443x290]
AverageAmericanGuy: Johnny Bananapeel: Nobody ever mentions the obvious "keep your cotton pickin' hands off..." when they list these sorts of offensive phrases. [i.imgur.com image 443x290]how much more ofendded do you think blakc people can get?
Deman: miltonbabbitt: Rule of thumb?[media.tumblr.com image 500x370][photo.blogpressapp.com image 334x318]Perhaps it should have been a rule of wrist?
ZeroPly: Who. Freaklng. Cares. You, the offenders, have countably infinite objectionable phrases you can use. After the bureaucrats ban, oh, say, countably infinite objectionable phases, you will STILL have another countably infinite phrases that do the job. And again, and again. Countably infinite times. Off to the next thread....
Solid Muldoon: Whoever wrote that policy should be taken away in a Paddy Wagon.
Gunther: Really? I'm the first farker pedantic enough to point out it should be "hold the fort" not "hold down the fort"?If I ask someone to "hold the fort", it's a pretty clear metaphor; there's a fort, I have to leave for a while, and I want them to stay and stop the Mongols getting in or whatever. I'm asking them to look after a specific location while I'm gone.If I ask someone to "hold DOWN the fort"... Well that's meaningless. Why would you need to hold down a fort? Is it going to fly away? No. Some idiot just misheard the phrase one day, started using it wrong and other idiots copied him. Just stop it.
robohobo: There will eventually be only 4, maybe 5 safe, usable words in the english language.Here's hoping mongoloid is one of them.
timujin: Also... I wonder if forts existed before or outside of the need to protect ones self from the Native Americans?
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