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    #21

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    I know, I was just continuing the list for fun. Thank you for the extremely useful document!

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    #22

    Re: Bun in the oven

    Here in Maine, USA, there's a big distinction made between so-called natives and people "from away," also known as flatlanders, even if they're from Colorado or Nepal.

    It's not enough to be born here. You're not a Mainer unless you were conceived here. There's a saying: Just 'cause the cat had her kittens in the oven, that don't make 'em biscuits."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #23

    Re: Bun in the oven

    Quote Originally Posted by Eden Darien View Post
    I've got it right too.

    But it sounds somewhat humorous. Is it really okay to use such kind of idiom?
    It is humourous in a mild way but rarely would you say it directly to the person who is pregnant. The only time that might be acceptable would be if you were a very good friend of the person and were pretty sure she was pregnant, but you have not been told. Even then that is a risky thing to do. If she is not pregnant and her changing figure is just a weight gain, this would be offensive to her.

    It is more often used between conversations with others about someone who may be pregnant.

    I have seen some couples using a picture of a bun in an oven, to announce their pregnancy to their friends and relatives. It would be a funny way to make the announcement.

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    #24

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    Question please. Can you also use the expression to mean that you've got some good news to share?

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    #25

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    No.

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    #26

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No.
    Okay. Thanks for clarifying, someone had told me it was possible that it could be related to good news. I guess they were wrong

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    #27

    Re: Bun in the oven

    It's only related to good news in the sense that most people consider that finding out that someone is pregnant is good news. However, the phrase can still be used even if the news of the pregnancy is a disaster!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #28

    Re: Bun in the oven

    I particularly like the French expression, 'Un polichinelle dans le tiroir' (a marionette in the drawer)
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #29

    Re: Bun in the oven

    To be pregnant. It's informal though, so be careful when you use it.

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