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paul wheaton
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While shooting fish in a barrel I like to have my cake and eat it too because a stitch in time saves nine; not just any nine, but the whole nine yards, except when the nine is out in left field or not having a leg to stand on (unless that leg is being pulled).


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Randall Twede
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i guess you can chalk that one up to cultural and language differences. in a way it reminds me of the famous computer translation from some game. "all your base are belong to us"


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Greg Charles
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I'm pretty sure he's trying to be funny. However, I think he's German, so it's a bit hard to tell.
Mike Okri
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Greg Charles wrote:I'm pretty sure he's trying to be funny.

He's pretty funny; especially when he talks about shooting a cake. However, maybe he's not trying to be funny. I can see why someone might question the idiom shooting fish in a barrel since it suggests cruelty. Similarly, I can see why someone might question the idiom shot in the arm since it suggests narcotic use.
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Or shot in the dark since it suggests a cavalier attitude towards firearm safety.
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Apart from the philosophical question about whether one can say “German” and “funny” in the same sentence, I didn’t like that video clip. It is not at all funny; I’d sooner get shot of it. That is, as long as nobody thinks I am feeling suicidal.
 
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