Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Things I say

My friends have often commented on the fact that I have some unique ways of expressing myself.

One term I often use, but felt that it may be racist, so I try and stop myself from using it....... I would never be deliberately racist, but I thought I'd better check out the origon of what I was saying.

I often say, "I was running around like a navvy!" Meaning I have been extremely busy, I use this as an alternative for 'running around like a headless chook' but somehow the former phrase is my preferred one.

I looked it up and am happy that I can keep using it.....

Definitions of navvy on the Web:

  • a labourer who is obliged to do menial work. Originally, a laborer on canals for internal navigation; hence, a laborer on other public works, as in ...
  • drudge: a labourer who is obliged to do menial work
  • Navvy is a shorter form of the word 'navigator' and is particularly applied to describe the manual labourers working on major civil engineering projects. ...
  • 1 comment:

    Chris H said...

    There's masses of 'saying' that pop out of our mouths that could/can be deemed 'offensive'... you just have to hope that those hearing it will realise it's just a 'saying' .... or else we would all be in trouble!!! eeeek, especially me!


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