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ZaZathecat · 26/06/2021 09:41

'I'm spitting feathers' means I'm very thirsty. It does not mean I am angry.

Just needed a place to dump that!

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Ringsender2 · 26/06/2021 09:43

Did not know that!

Totallydefeated · 26/06/2021 09:43

Agreed! Really grates when I see it used to mean annoyance.

‘Spitting iron filings’ is the term I know for somebody speaking angrily.

YesILikeItToo · 26/06/2021 09:45

I did not know this phrase. I’m quite often very thirsty, so a handy one to deploy. I’ll see if others know what I mean. If I was angry, I’d be spitting tacks, not feathers.

ZaZathecat · 26/06/2021 09:47

I feel so much better for getting that off my chest, thanks for your support, fellow pedants 😁

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4PawsGood · 26/06/2021 10:56

I think it’s one where the meaning has now changed. See also ‘staycation’.

upinaballoon · 08/02/2022 22:51

I did not know 'spitting feathers' until I met my friend from Lancashire and she uses it to mean thirsty, which makes complete sense, and it's how I use it now.

Later in my life I had to work with a person who used 'spitting feathers' to mean she was annoyed and that annoyed me a lot, because it's breaking the complete logic of it meaning 'thirsty'.

I have long known the expression 'spitting blood' to mean annoyed.

butterpuffed · 09/02/2022 08:26

I'm really surprised to see this as I have always known the expression to mean being angry .

Curiosity made me Google and both are listed. Odd that an expression has two very different definitions !

DropYourSword · 09/02/2022 08:29

Nah, means both.

DameCelia · 09/02/2022 08:30

Can mean both, depending where you are in the country.
Always best to check these things before declaring them incorrect Wink

Justleaveitblankthen · 09/02/2022 08:45

I'm from Lancashire and knew that.
Spitting blood is to be furious.
I say it alot 😉

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