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could mind mice at a crossroads

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  • Yes! Ha! He certainly has earned one. Maybe Santa will visit this year...

    October 25, 2008

  • I think we should have a WORDIE TEST SUBJECT t-shirt, at least for Mr DC.

    October 24, 2008

  • Well done, 'cry. Keep us informed. Haha.

    October 24, 2008

  • It sounds like it could also be Wallace (in Wallace & Gromit). "That's graaaand!"

    October 24, 2008

  • Mr Dontcry got home too late for coffee last night.

    Morning scene, 6 am in the kitchen:

    dontcry: *sips coffee*: "Mmmm. That's grand coffee, you could trot a mouse across it."

    mr dontcry: *sips same*: "Uh, huh. Wait, what did you say?"

    dontcry: *sips again*: "I said," *in her very best Monty Python voice*: "That's grand coffee, you could trot a mouse across it."

    mr dontcry: *in his very best Monty Python voice, which is not nearly as good as dontcry's best Monty Python voice*: "Riiiight" *exits, stage left*

    Hee, hee. I'm convinced he thinks I was quoting some long forgotten line from Holy Grail *snort*. I'm going to say it every morning until he confesses that he doesn't remember the line. Mwa!

    October 24, 2008

  • you could trot a MOUSE across it

    you could trot a MOUSE across it

    you could trat a MOUSE across it

    you could trat a MOUSE across it

    MOUSE

    October 24, 2008

  • You're right, I'll never make it through the night.

    *practicing* Mouse, mouse, mouse...

    October 24, 2008

  • Can't wait, 'cry! You must tell immediately! And, remember, mouse, not rat. Be great.

    October 24, 2008

  • writing style implies newspaper ad:

    Human, available for grocery shopping and baby sitting. Could wrap your holiday gifts. Could cook potatoes. Could mind mice at a crossroads though tempted to kill. Could be there tomorrow.

    October 24, 2008

  • 'nach - I'm totally saying that to Mr Dontcry tomorrow morning! I'm soooo excited. This has the potential to elicit a better face than the marmite experiment! I'm positively giddy with anticipation!

    October 24, 2008

  • Well, if you drink your coffee particularly strong, you can always take a sip, sigh contentedly and say : "That's grand coffee - you could trot a mouse across it."

    October 24, 2008

  • Yes! Now it makes sense -- in the "sharp or astute" sense. I wish I could use it, but I don't think anyone around here would get it, then I'd have to explain it, then I'd sound all pretentious and end up taking a world of crap from my friends...again. Rats.

    October 24, 2008

  • I do think it has a better nuance of meaning than that. I see 'minding' here as caring for, keeping safe, and maintaining order and control. Quite a feat at a crossroads, which conjures up an image of busy traffic movement in all directions, creating all manner of terror in the mice there.

    You'd have to be particularly sharp and astute to manage.

    October 23, 2008

  • Thanks!

    October 23, 2008

  • Ahhh! Like herding cats...

    October 23, 2008

  • I think that "mind" in this case is being used in the sense of "look after". (You sometimes hear the word childminder used instead of nanny or babysitter).

    Thus the person is able to corral the mice and keep them from escaping from the crossroads.

    Why it should be imperative to keep the mice at the crossroads is a bit of a mystery.

    October 23, 2008

  • I love this phrase - in spite of the fact that I think I don't know what it means... Does it mean that the person is at a crossroads, mice are directing traffic there, and the person obeys the mice? 'Cause that's what I think it means, but that doesn't sound particularly smart to me... help!

    October 23, 2008

  • Chuck Norris could mind mice at a crossroads in history.

    October 23, 2008

  • I did, yes, bilby, but not recently. Thank you for the reminder.

    October 23, 2008

  • Used it yet, gangerh?

    October 23, 2008

  • I particularly like this!

    I'm going straight out to find an opportunity to use it.

    February 8, 2008

  • Said of someone considered to be particularly sharp or astute (but with a slight negative connotation):

    Yer man Dinny's so sharp he could mind mice at a crossroads.

    February 8, 2008