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 Post subject: Bones
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:00 pm 
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Not sure if this should be classed as 'local dialect' but what the heck!

Where does the saying 'I've got a bone to pick with you' come from?

Mum and dad always said it if I had misbehaved.

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 Post subject: Re: Bones
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:47 pm 
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I still use that one Mel, but don't know where it came from.

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 Post subject: Re: Bones
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:20 pm 
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It was said on Little Dorritt last week and set me thinking.

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 Post subject: Re: Bones
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:32 pm 
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At http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_boar ... /2182.html I found the following:

" : : : "Bone to pick," dates back to the 16th century, simply refers to a dog chewing endlessly on, and "picking clean," a large bone. A "bone to pick" is thus a subject or issue that is expected to require considerable discussion or argument. A similar phrase, "bone of contention," meaning an issue over which two people argue, also dates back to the 1500s and refers, appropriately, to two dogs fighting over an especially choice bone.

: : http://www.word-detective.com/052301.html

: It has a slightly different meaning here in Ireland. 'I have a bone to pick with you' means 'I believe you have done me wrong and I want to know why.'

:::Here in the States the meaning is the same. A 'bone to pick' is an issue to be discussed and resolved between individuals. "

You pays your money and you picks your bone!

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 Post subject: Re: Bones
PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:27 am 
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I think when my dad used to say it to me, I had done wrong and he wanted to know why! :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Bones
PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:03 pm 
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A bone to pick, where I come from, is more in line with the Irish explanation. Maybe because of the number of families of Irish descent (including mine).

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 Post subject: Re: Bones
PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:08 pm 
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Mel wrote:
I think when my dad used to say it to me, I had done wrong and he wanted to know why! :roll:

Same here !

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