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Heer, master ; aens an informal plural of aen, and so as ons, if we may use the
expression. Bin, hen, heen, hence. Vaer, fear, dread, anxiety ; dij, to thee. SET A
BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK AND HE WILL RIDE TO THE DEVIL. A saying which
A ludicrous, but common expression, used by one who sees another with a
woeful and dejected countenance ; but with whom it is evident he has not much
fellow-feeling, either from knowing him to be an undeserving person, or from
Oor sounds or. D and t being sister sounds deel sounds tail, tale. And oordeel is
the German vortheil. Hie, here, below. In what sense can the word tail be used in
the expression than as the representative of another POPULAR PHRASES.
used in the expression than as the representative of another like-sounding sense
? HE IS AS CROSS AS TWO STICKS. A familiar way of Saying, he is in a great
passion (state of anger) ; but from the form of the expression implying no very ...
A jocular expression for, completely dead, utterly lifeless, past all hope. Die heet
als er door 'n heel ; q. e. this is what you may call being quite gone [all over] ; this
[the corpse in question] may properly be said to be no more ; this may really be ...
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Anyone who has enjoyed the mad book of "French" nursery rhymes, "Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames" by Luis van Rooten will love this account of the "Dutch" origins of, not only old English nursery rhymes, but also common phrases like "Raining cats and dogs", expressed in real Dutch words that sound like the original, but translate as something quite different!
It's a long read, and probably more meaningful if you speak Dutch, but good for a straight-faced laugh, if you know what I mean!
I was also impressed by some of the nursery rhymes that haven't survived into modern English, because they are so politically incorrect.