Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 6
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    Hello!
    I heard on a TV show the following expression: "Wed better do this or shell be stabbing the old bat with a knitting needle". In the context, it means that she would go crazy if they didnt do it. What Id like to know is if this expression is usual in English or if its just something the script writter made up.
    Thank you!

  1. DavyBCN's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Wales
      • Current Location:
      • Rwanda

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 346
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    Quote Originally Posted by mnferreira
    Hello!
    I heard on a TV show the following expression: "Wed better do this or shell be stabbing the old bat with a knitting needle". In the context, it means that she would go crazy if they didnt do it. What Id like to know is if this expression is usual in English or if its just something the script writter made up.
    Thank you!
    It is quite common as an expression, if not used that often because it is pretty hard. Murdering old women isn't really considered a good way to get angry!!

  2. Vlad_the_Inhaler's Avatar

    • Join Date: Dec 2005
    • Posts: 92
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    'Old bat' is a common, but quite mild, term of abuse for an unpleasant old woman.

  3. DavyBCN's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Wales
      • Current Location:
      • Rwanda

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 346
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad_the_Inhaler
    'Old bat' is a common, but quite mild, term of abuse for an unpleasant old woman.
    Mild? I really think it is a terrible insult.

  4. Vlad_the_Inhaler's Avatar

    • Join Date: Dec 2005
    • Posts: 92
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN
    Mild? I really think it is a terrible insult.
    I think we can all think of many which are much worse, but I cannot immediately summon up a milder term of abuse.
    But as with all insults, including profanity, the way we say them is more important than the actual words or phrases.


    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 6
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    Thank you all for the help. So if I understand correctly, the expression means "to get angry" and an "old bat" is an annoying old woman, right? Well, in the context, there was an old lady involved; but can you use the expression in general, just simply to say you are angry?

  5. Vlad_the_Inhaler's Avatar

    • Join Date: Dec 2005
    • Posts: 92
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    Quote Originally Posted by mnferreira
    Thank you all for the help. So if I understand correctly, the expression means "to get angry" and an "old bat" is an annoying old woman, right? Well, in the context, there was an old lady involved; but can you use the expression in general, just simply to say you are angry?
    No, the expression actually means 'she'll be stabbing the unpleasant old woman with a knitting needle', but (we hope) it is an exaggeration.

  6. Saxonlight's Avatar

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 88
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    I agree with Vlad, it is a mild if not funny term used to discribe an old woman. Used far more in the U.K. than in the U.S.

    Chris
    http://www.hearseesay.com

  7. Ouisch's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 4,142
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    Old bat, old battleaxe, old biddy, and old bag are all fairly insulting to the person to whom they're directed. (Spoken as one on the verge of old bat-hood herself.) But they're amusing to everyone else.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Re: Stab the old bat with a knitting needle

    Just to clarify: "old bat" is a set phrase, but "she'll be stabbing X with a knitting needle" is the scriptwriter's own hyperbole.

    Have a cheery Friday,

    MrP

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Needle in a Haystack
    By no name in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 20-Aug-2006, 20:31

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •