Submitted by Louise
July 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm
I'm thinking this kid never grew up with the masterpiece that is Growing Pains.
July 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm
well, if youre that hard and you pull it, then yur knuckles will probably be bruised.
July 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm
August 1, 2012 at 12:15 am
Yes, indeed, "boner" is current slang for an erection, but it's much older slang for a really bad mistake. And in that meaning, the wording is usually to "pull a boner" meaning to make a ghastly error. For some of us old timers, it's not that hard to grasp the new meanings of terms, but it's awfully hard to give up the old usages entirely.
August 1, 2012 at 12:23 am
Agreed. I know both meanings but have not used the old one in ages and not sure I have ever said it in the current usage. BTW, I shared your discussion of "Let us go" vs Let's go" with K and until I gave examples, he was still thinking only of formal or informal usage. too.
August 1, 2012 at 12:31 am
Jj StarwalkerI still have to stop myself from sayingthat we had a gay old time at the party. The worst one is automatic. When I get the idea, I say "the penny dropped" and none of my students have the faintest clue what I mean. It's almost as bad as when I came back from England and had to retrain my self to stop saying, "Please thissen" instead of "Suit yourself" and "Soz" instead of "Sorry."
August 1, 2012 at 12:34 am
Language is such a funny thing. I occasionally have to explain an expression to some of the youngsters at work. Can't recall the most recent example, but it happens every few weeks or so. I guess, if they don't hear it in a rap lyric or see it on a sitcom they haven't a clue.
August 1, 2012 at 2:38 am
Pulling a boner is more of a social media thing now, Morg!
August 1, 2012 at 7:10 am
Pull a boner does confuse us brits... I did get it from context tho
August 1, 2012 at 9:04 am
Went to school with a classmate of the last *name* "Boner". She was a cheerleader so didn't take much abuse over it. ;)
August 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm
"the penny dropped" is a widely used term in the UK so... say it to "youngsters" in the UK and they will understand you.
August 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm
It was during the five years I lived in the UK (Sheffield, before you ask -- postgrad at the Uni) that the term began to disappear in North America. But my current teenage first-years have never dropped a coin into a slot at an arcade or a weight machine and certainy not into one where the coin stuck. They haven't the foggiest what I mean.
August 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm
That's really quite sad :( The 2p machines are the best. I once won £6 on a 2p machine in one go! Ha ha, I think that we as a nation try our best to hold on to our old sayings, many I'm sure American teenagers wouldn't recognise at all... maybe not even their parents!
August 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm
I didn't even know that meaning of "pulling a boner"... I might try using it some times in online games... That'll be funny ;)
Funny thing is that "the penny dropped" is also used in the Netherlands, in the form of "het kwartje valt", literally "The quarter dropped" I guess dutch people are more greedy than brits and want a quarter rather than a penny... Though after we got the Euro we don't have anything like a quarter anymore, so it might eventually disappear here as well.
August 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm
I didn't know pulling a boner was even a phrase :P
August 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Justin Royal Elswick:
August 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Always hate it when your mom says akward things...
Holly Holdman Semanoff:
August 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm
One of my favorites to mike was I love you socks (auto correction from xoxo). :)
Howie Adam Schnur:
August 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm
and a geek I s person who bites the head off of live chickens... Not really a typo but hard to laugh at someone who uses a word correctly, only to find is has been given extra definitions over the times..
August 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm
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