Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Now I Understand

You learn the most amazing things reading blogs. 'Up the duff' sounds obscene, doesn't it? Who knew that it means 'pregnant' in Australian? Congratulations, Jeanie and V! (Note to Redlefty: Do not try this phrase on Redwifey, I am pretty sure that you can only say that in Australia and live to tell the tale...) Anyhow, I've learned a lot bumbling about on other people's blogs. Today, my own questions were answered on Roxanne's blog. If breast cancer usually metasticized to the lungs, to the bones, to the liver or to the brain, why are we not looking for cancer there? Why are we 'waiting to see...?' Roxanne's doctor explained it this way: If it becomes metatastic, it's incurable. Catching it earlier won't make a difference. No need for scans.



WhiteStone said...

Sometimes I think the M word is worse than the C word. I'm learning to enjoy today. Each day. Regardless.

Bush Babe said...

That's quite a contrast of explanations there Deb... glad I could be of assistance. Hope your pinky finger ain't achin' too much!

Also have hopes about the second explanation in this post. Not quite game to say it out loud though. *crosses fingers*

Lavinia said...

You just never know what you'll find in bloggy land. I've enjoyed your last several posts despite not commenting. Your hair is coming in very cutely. You look so cute! Nice to see the eyebrows and lashes coming in too. You have such beautiful eyes.

By the way, you can now find out how clown is doing. Thanks so much for asking!

Anonymous said...

Hi Debby, Usually "up the duff" refers to unplanned pregnancies (unplanned, but not necessarily unwanted)Thanks for the links and congratulations to all the ladies who find themselves in the pudding club. Cheers, DavidM

Debby said...

DavidM, you get right back here and explain the pudding club.

Anonymous said...

...'the pudding club'...it turns out that this and 'up the duff' are essentially the same phrase. By 1890, Barrère & Leland, in their Dictionary of Slang, defined the term pudding club:

"A woman in the family way is said to be in the pudding club."

From 'Up the duff', The Phrase Finder


Karen said...

That is a much more gentle explaination for "up the duff" than I was imagining. I love hearing BB's Australian words and phrases. Sometimes it's hard to believe we all speak English.

Did you see my name is Kaz down there? What's Debby in Australian?

Kelly said...

Yep, English can really vary in its usage around the world. Heck, it varies enough just from north to south in the US!

Redlefty said...

I can use any phrase I want!

Now that we're in the third trimester... she can't run fast enough to catch me.

The Factory said...

We use the same expression in England. FYI.