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'Listen, Miss Clever Dick!'


Oh how times have changed. LOL.

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Not really, that's still an expression in England. An old-fashioned one, but still in use.



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I wouldn't stay still in use. People know what it means, but nobody really says it.

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Myself and the rest of my family do, and it's a familiar phrase to anyone in the UK who grew up reading Enid Blyton books, which is a large percentage of people currently aged 30+.





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Yes, I know. I like it that way. Makes me look the way I feel.

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Like I said, people know what it means.

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And as I said, still in use. Clever dick. :P




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Yes, I know. I like it that way. Makes me look the way I feel.

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You might be in the vast minority then. To say it's still in use could unintentionally imply it's a common phrase. It's really not. In my entire life I've never ever heard anybody in real life say this phrase. I, and others, certainly know what it means from reading old literature and hearing it on old TV shows etc. But nobody says it, and the fact that you NEVER (and I mean never) hear the phrase on current TV shows or films certainly backs up the notion anybody who does still say it, must be in the minority.

By the way, I'm not trying to disrespect your post. I just want to make it clear to the OP that it's in no way a common phrase. At the very least it's old fashioned. At the most it's a dying, practically dead, turn of phrase.

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It's never heard on TV because the younger generations are, as you say, unfamiliar with its original meaning. I suppose it's one of those phrases that's in an awkward position in society wherein two generations use it infrequently and two or three generations do not use it at all. It's certainly very old-fashioned, is dying out and is not in use by a larger percentage of the population, so you make a fair point.



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Yes, I know. I like it that way. Makes me look the way I feel.

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