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Words apart

Favourite translation-request email o’the week:

“I have no idea what ‘To throw a wobbly’ means. Is that like blow a gasket?”.

6 responses to “Words apart”

  1. julia says:

    Next time, maybe you could say you will “spak out”

  2. Mum says:

    I looked it up in a slang dictionary, and apparently it’s English & Australian slang for getting a bit annoyed, usually when someone does something to you that you didn’t expect. don’t they have this saying in the U.S.A? These days also, there’s a saying ‘Having a bit of a wobble’ I think that means you get a bit upset and cry a bit (girls usually), like you are a parrot on a perch and nearly fall off.

  3. Richard says:

    Perhaps you could have a hissy fit instead.

  4. Mikey says:

    Don’t go getting pissy though

  5. Bev says:

    And certainly don’t get your panties in a wad. It’s so unladylike.

  6. Jane in Camden says:

    Panties bunched, surely?

    Spent last week in Chicago. On Tuesday, I announce to the assembled IT conference that MIIS was throwing a wobbly. They all nodded sagely and got back to the important business of throwing squeaky chickens about…


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