Highbrow Proverbs

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by HereWeGoAgain, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    This is a game I used to play as a kid. You take a common phrase (it doesn't actually have to be a proverb) and make the language as convoluted and obscure as you possibly can, then everyone tries to guess the phrase.

    For example:

    "Performing the act of repairing a rend, by rejoining woven material by securing it with a reinforcing filament, in a timely manner relative to the first appearance of discontinuity, negates the future expenditure of effort to the extent of thrice three times the exertion required in the original instance." = "A stitch in time saves nine."

    Consulting references, such as the dictionary or thesaurus, either in composing or deciphering is against the rules.

    Anybody want to play? Here's one:
    "Engaging in discussions pertaining to matters avian and apiarian in nature."
     
  2. Scent of Cedar II

    Scent of Cedar II New Member

    Ha!

    I have to go look up apairian.

    But I'll be back. :smile:

    Barbara

    P.S. It feels a little less like cheating if you tell the person you are going to.

    P.S.S. Wait a minute....

    I think I just got it. I know what avian means so....

    Okay.

    Let me think of an appropriate reply without looking apairian up.

    Yet.

    .

     
  3. goldenguru

    goldenguru New Member

    Anybody want to play? Here's one:
    "Engaging in discussions pertaining to matters avian and apiarian in nature."


    Talking about the birds and the bees.
     
  4. Scent of Cedar II

    Scent of Cedar II New Member

    Oh, GG, you're smarter than me.

    I thought we had to respond in a convoluted manner, too.

    Okay, what's the next one?

    :gingerbread:

    Barbara
     
  5. goldenguru

    goldenguru New Member

    OK. My turn.

    The torpor and lassitude that I was raptly pursuing was not dissimilar to that which comprises a chalet.
     
  6. goldenguru

    goldenguru New Member

    Oh, GG, you're smarter than me.

    LOL. Hardly. I just knew that an aviary was for birds and my grandpa raised bees so I knew that root word too. Beginners luck ya know.
     
  7. Scent of Cedar II

    Scent of Cedar II New Member

    Hmmmm....

    I just can't get it.

    And I know what all the words mean this time, too.

    Barbara
     
  8. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    Okay - lets talk that one out - I got the birds and the apians (amateur bug person)

    The hibernation and weariness that I was eagerly chasing was not unlike that which puts in a difficult position a house

    Hibernation and weariness - sleep

    The sleep I dreamed about was like a ....no no no

    I'm a tired animal wanting sleep and dreamed I was a house?

    I can't sleep in my house because ....nope

    ME and my house we're tired

    This old house? hahah (digging deep here)

    My house is too crazy for dreams?

    I live on the island of misfit toys and haven't any dreams left.

    The vampire and his house are one?

    I HAVE NO IDEA - good one.
     
  9. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    My head hurts. :crazy2:
     
  10. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    I'm going to go with "Sleeping like a log."

    Try this:
    A trio of bed linens carried aloft by atmospheric perturbations.
     
  11. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    3 sheets to the wind!

    I'm so proud! :smile:
     
  12. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    Okay, here's one for y'all:

    Pulchritude does not extend below the surface if the derma.
     
  13. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    Oooohhh!! I know! I know!

    But, I'll let someone else get it cause I can't think of a proverb.
     
  14. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    Beauty is only skin deep.

    From diminuative emergence proceed grand and vast objects.
     
  15. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    From little things, big things grow...

    Stagnant aquatic features extend vastly below.


    I remember as a kid, someone translated Alfred Noyes "The Highwayman" into verbosity. it made the metaphors really weird.

    Marg
     
  16. Scent of Cedar II

    Scent of Cedar II New Member

    Still waters run deep.

    :smile:

    Precipitory moisture, precipitory moisture, journey toward the farthest horizon, re-entering the current space-time dimension at some as yet to be determined destinational point.

    Barbara
     
  17. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. Exactly how I feel today. It's raining and I want to go shopping and I wanted to take my bike.

    One pyrenus malus per diem restrains the arrival of the Hippocratic apostle.

    (easy but I love the wording)
     
  18. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: meowbunny</div><div class="ubbcode-body">One pyrenus malus per diem restrains the arrival of the Hippocratic apostle. </div></div>
    "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

    - At one time there existed a particular diurnal period during which the orb about which this planet orbits was not visible, which immediately preceded the winter holiday which is held to be the anniversary of the birth of the man who Christians worship.
     
  19. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    Eclipse you a Merry Christmas?
     
  20. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    Eclipse you a Merry Christmas?

    Not an eclipse, just nighttime.
     
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