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Grin like a shot fox?!?

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Re: Grin like a shot fox?!?

Postby chikara » Mon 09.07.2009 2:46 am

becki_kanou wrote:My family and I came across this phrase on several Engrish t-shirts this weekend and were wondering about its origin. A quick google turns up a few seemingly Australian hits. Can any Aussie members confirm or deny the validity of this expression and give a meaning for it? One wouldn't expect a shot fox to be doing to much grinning after all...

I'm with the other Aussies in that I have never heard it.

Not sure why a shot fox would be "smugly satisifed". Maybe he knows that there is no longer a fox bounty ;)

tokai devotee wrote:.... I will ask an elderly friend of mine who has lived in rural areas, and I'll get back to you. If she doesn't know then no-one will!

I'm not elderly but I have lived in rural areas across three states and I have never heard any one use it. I've got relatives living in rural areas so I'll ask them too.
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Re: Grin like a shot fox?!?

Postby becki_kanou » Mon 02.15.2010 2:28 am

A bit of a necropost , but I came across another T-shirt with the same phrase yesterday at the mall.

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I think whoever designs these things just has a stock bag of phrases that they pick from because they tend to repeat a lot of the same odd phrases. I'm curious as to where they got them from in the first place though; just playing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey with an open dictionary, perhaps?
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Re: Grin like a shot fox?!?

Postby chikara » Mon 02.15.2010 2:56 am

QUIETNESS
GLARE BOWER RECESS
YELP WITH DEL....ight

:?

I suspect many English speakers would be pushed to correctly use "bower" in a sentence.

I hope they don't catch you taking pics of these items in the mall. The manufacturer may think you are trying to steal their original ideas. :P
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Re: Grin like a shot fox?!?

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 02.23.2010 2:30 pm

oddly enough according to....http://www.australianexplorer.com/slang/behaviour.htm and http://www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html

Grinning like a shot fox : very happy, smugly satisfied

and that makes sense, as a fox looks like it's smiling, even when dead, due to it's facial make up. so .... who knows..

( a bit off topic) found some good engrish stuff here..http://www.shulmister.com/steven/eng1.html
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Re: Grin like a shot fox?!?

Postby chikara » Tue 02.23.2010 7:40 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:oddly enough according to....http://www.australianexplorer.com/slang/behaviour.htm and http://www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html

Grinning like a shot fox : very happy, smugly satisfied
......

Yep, as previously referenced in inuinu-san's post;

inuinu wrote:googleしてみたら一応こんな説明が見つかりました。
やはりオーストラリアのスラングらしいです。

Grinning like a shot fox : very happy, smugly satisfied

As I said previously I had never heard this saying until becki-san started this thread and since that time I have asked numerous people across this country and not one of them had heard it either.

So I have learnt some new Strine from an American living in Japan :blush:
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