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#1 2010-11-29 18:51:55

Peter Forster
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From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 827

'damn squid' for 'damp squib'

‘Damp squid’ is already in the database, but I felt this double-yolker variant was worth noting for its clear sense of disapproval if nothing else.

Sorry to put a damn squid on things fellas…

To be fair, the first iPhone was a bit of a damn squid.

I was starting to get the feeling that IE 7 was going to be a damn squid…

The Beaus may have been a bit of a damn squid but all hail The Alychamps who are the other end of the spectrum, stunning.

Argos ended up being a damn squid and refused to sell it after their initial bugger up.

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#2 2010-11-29 19:31:19

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1185

Re: 'damn squid' for 'damp squib'

Hilarious! Automatic winner of best of the year I think.

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#3 2010-11-29 21:14:36

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1776
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Re: 'damn squid' for 'damp squib'

For us ignorami, a damp squib is? A wet firecracker, I suppose? (I don’t remember ever hearing or seeing the phrase.)


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#4 2010-11-30 05:27:38

rfwillis
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From: Australia
Registered: 2010-11-23
Posts: 19

Re: 'damn squid' for 'damp squib'

DavidTuggy wrote:

For us ignorami, a damp squib is? A wet firecracker, I suppose? (I don’t remember ever hearing or seeing the phrase.)

Correct. Meaning something that is a “dud”, or unable to perform its intended purpose.

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#5 2010-11-30 14:03:24

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 946

Re: 'damn squid' for 'damp squib'

Housekeeping.

BP Gulf spill
commentators universally agree that his much lauded White House Address, convened after 5-6 spurting visits to the Oil Spillage Zone, was more of a damn squib than a call to arm.

Political forum
2010 might be one of those pivotal years the analysts will refer to for years to come. Then again it could all be a rather damn squib with only the politicos getting excited.
Response: That would be a damp squib, not a “damn” squib, which makes no sense at all.

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