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Re: Different expressions

Dear Donald:
In use today in Ontario is the expression "bear" as in .
It was  a bear of a perfomance --- meaning that it was bad.

The ditty I learned as a child is a variant and not, in today's world, very

"I see said the blind man
I hear said the deaf man
And a man with no legs kicked them both down the stairs."

Fair nonsense but somewhere back there it probably made sense in an earlier


----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald J Sinclair" <donsinc@shaw.ca>
To: <sinclair@quarterman.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2002 2:56 PM
Subject: Re: Different expressions

> My grandfather, John Sinclair, who was born in Wick in 1884 and came to
> Canada in 1914, had an expression he used frequently. For example if the
> officials of the day changed something, he would say "It's a bear", what
> they've done making that change. Or "It's a bear" the way they treat
> those people. Or "It's a bear, the price of gasoline these days.

[ Excess quotations omitted. ]

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