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SharpMolarBear · 28/10/2008 15:44

Recently I have noticed when listening to people talk about reality TV shows they talk about having a "dance off" or a "sing off" (meaning competition)
When did this become common use, and does it annoy anyone else as much as me?

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Flum · 28/10/2008 15:46

That is not what people are going to think you wanted to talk about when they see your thread title!!

ledodgy · 28/10/2008 15:46

I'm dissappointed I thought you were telling the pedants to F*ck off, I made a cuppa and everything.

SharpMolarBear · 28/10/2008 15:50

OK I admit thread title was carefully selected to attract people
No one agree so far?

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ScottishMummy · 28/10/2008 16:01

shame,i am disapointed thought you were telling the pedants to feck off.nowt to add then

unless you challenge the pedants to a spell-off until they spontaneously combust

Catzenobia · 28/10/2008 17:06


SharpMolarBear · 28/10/2008 17:44

lol at spelling disappointed wrong on a pedant's thread
(have I?)
no-one agree with me on this on then?

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SharpMolarBear · 28/10/2008 17:45

here - would you use dance-off?

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SharpMolarBear · 28/10/2008 17:46

and here

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NoBiggy · 28/10/2008 17:48

I've heard it as bake-off. Seem to remember some prospective-president's wives having a cookie bake-off (don't think it involved an actual nose-to-nose contest, more they published their best recipe).

So I'd lay the blame on the US, with little evidence, but some confidence

FossilSister · 28/10/2008 17:49

Shouldn't that be *!@ off?

SharpMolarBear · 28/10/2008 17:52

yes nobiggy i think it's an americanism too
but i'm obviously the only one it irritates

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ScottishMummy · 28/10/2008 20:26

do these things really irk you?just colloquialisms.certainly not worth a second thought imo

no biggie honestly .

SharpMolarBear · 28/10/2008 21:04

oh they do SM they do
In the same way as I get pleasure from hearing you saying people are deid, certain phrases irritate me beyond belief - kind of the same thing, in reverse

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ScottishMummy · 28/10/2008 21:09

ach nae worries.honestly i actually love spoonerisms and malapropisms

SharpMolarBear · 28/10/2008 21:11

What's worse than having to hear that rubbish is finding out that none of your fellow pedants agree, and in actual fact are all avoiding you and slightly sniggering at the scary lady
mks me wnt 2 wrt in txtspk 2 pss em off

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gigglewitch · 28/10/2008 21:11

was also hoping that you were telling the pedants to f*%# off, this is well boring.

I've known about the 'dance off' for about 10 years, but then i am a dance teacher...
and much to my stupidity I took on four 17yo's in one of these a couple of weeks ago, and said whoever keeps going longest wins I did - but wasn't able to walk straight for a week
CurseOfTheMinnieMummy · 28/10/2008 21:59

Definitely has come from the US - about 10yrs ago I went to a Comedy Store type of evening where a comedian had to mime a saying which began, 'The first rule of wing-walking...' and they mimed 'drool-off' for 'rule of'. Stuck with me ever since (they didn't guess the saying you may be surprised to know).

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