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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:13 pm Reply with quote
julie
 
Joined: 20 Jun 2006
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When I was first working in offices, waaaaaaaay back in the early 80's - we'd have coffee breaks. Later on we would "take 5" if a meeting got to be long and folks needed a break to take care of pressing matters.

I think the euphemisms are gone, now, since in the last few months on a number of occasions, we've broken long meetings up with "Bio Breaks". That kind of tells us like it is - we need to take care of biological functions.

Julie Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:49 pm Reply with quote
Megamatt
 
Joined: 25 Jun 2006
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Location: Charlotte, NC


It's interesting to hear that this is used in that setting. My brother recently told me that the phrase gets used a lot in online gaming to explain someone's absence from their keyboard. Worlds apart, same slang!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 7:50 am Reply with quote
Volker
 
Joined: 21 Jun 2006
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Location: Hamburg, Germany


A few weeks ago I came across this term for the first time: I am taking imporv theatre lessons, and our teacher told us to take a "Bio-Pause" every now and then.

Seems to be a global phenomenon.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:20 am Reply with quote
sam
 
Joined: 20 Sep 2006
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And don't forget:

"I've got to go see a man about a horse."

A euphemism meaning "I gotta go pee", this was explained in an episode of The Word Nerds (sorry, I don't remember which one) as coming from an old Western movie.
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And some females I know use
PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:26 pm Reply with quote
ejly
 
Joined: 09 Nov 2006
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"I have to see a lady about a cow"
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