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Just saw the expression 'San fairy Anne ' (sic)

(87 Posts)
Claybury Fri 30-Jan-15 13:31:24

On another thread. Is this serious or is it a genuine error ?

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 30-Jan-15 13:32:40

Don't understand.

ghostyslovesheep Fri 30-Jan-15 13:32:57

say what now?????

WhereDoAllTheCalculatorsGo Fri 30-Jan-15 13:33:02

Context? grin

ChippyMinton Fri 30-Jan-15 13:33:08

I heard someone say 'it tipped me off the iceberg' the other day!

seaoflove Fri 30-Jan-15 13:33:28

What the hell is that supposed to be? grin

bloodygorgeous Fri 30-Jan-15 13:33:29


songbird Fri 30-Jan-15 13:33:40


BlackeyedSusan Fri 30-Jan-15 13:33:45

notts way of saying it i think.

songbird Fri 30-Jan-15 13:34:05

Saying what?

GerundTheBehemoth Fri 30-Jan-15 13:34:09

Ca ne fait rien...

MagratsHair Fri 30-Jan-15 13:34:09

smile my mum used to say it sarcastically. She knew the correct French but it was a phrase from her childhood that refused to die smile

& 'silver plate' for please grin

treaclesoda Fri 30-Jan-15 13:35:00

I don't get it.

I might, however, be being very dim, and when someone explains what it is, I will go 'aahhh. of course...'

GerundTheBehemoth Fri 30-Jan-15 13:35:02

And there's 'messy buckets' for merci beaucoup :D

SlightlyJadedJack Fri 30-Jan-15 13:35:18

Nope, can't work it out.

JuniperTisane Fri 30-Jan-15 13:35:19

Aww. Je ne fait rien. <shrugs shoulders>

MagratsHair Fri 30-Jan-15 13:35:26

Ce ne fait rien - tis French for 'its nothing'.

So if someone says thank you for holding the door open for them, you would reply by saying its nothing.

bloodygorgeous Fri 30-Jan-15 13:35:51

'murky buckets' Gerund surely!

treaclesoda Fri 30-Jan-15 13:35:53

Oh, cross posted with Gerund. I get it now !

Aaah, of course...grin

FrancesNiadova Fri 30-Jan-15 13:37:25

S.F.A. ?

Iamcuriouslyskanky Fri 30-Jan-15 13:37:33

I thought it was "sans faire rien" ie without doing anything, no effort

WhereDoAllTheCalculatorsGo Fri 30-Jan-15 13:38:18

Apparently it's a thing linky

BaffledSomeMore Fri 30-Jan-15 13:39:42

That phrase has been around for donkeys' years. Might have been a WW1 thing.

KnittedJimmyChoos Fri 30-Jan-15 13:42:25

how interesting was a fav of my mums too.

fluffiphlox Fri 30-Jan-15 13:43:09

Sans faire rien, je crois.

Somebody told me once that they wanted a 'ballpoint' figure!

The perils of using a term you don't understand. We've probably all done it.

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