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Snooooopy
11-17-2000, 06:03 AM
I asked one of my co-workers, "How's tricks?" today in an attempt to make idle conversation and he looked at me as if I were speaking a foreign language. It seemed quite odd. A little while later, I asked another one of my co-workers, "How's tricks?" in another attempt to make idle conversation and he also looked at me as if he had never heard the saying before in his entire life.

It's a common saying, isn't it?

I kind of felt like the guy in that episode of "The New Twilight Zone" where the language suddenly changes out from under his nose.

FairyChatMom
11-17-2000, 06:29 AM
Don't they know the proper response is "Tricks are for kids"?!?




Uh, never mind... forget I said anything...

oldscratch
11-17-2000, 10:48 AM
Rest assured Snooooopy, if you asked me "How's tricks?" I would begining screaming like a domestically abused orangutan and start beating you around the ears with Thin Mints.

TheNerd
11-17-2000, 12:13 PM
Don't know the phrase "How's tricks", sorry.

Now, I'm off to eat dinosaur, and maybe drop by home to feed my wednesday.

(That is one of my favorite NTZ episodes).

monkeylucifer
11-17-2000, 12:39 PM
Snooooopy, I know what you mean. I recently started using this phrase (I have no idea why....) and the number of people who ask me what the hell I'm talking about just amazes me. The girl I'm currently seeing looked at me like I was a blithering idiot and just said "What?". What part of the country are you from?

I like to keep my conversations fairly fresh, and rotate out slang and expressions, 'cause there's nothing that irks me more than someone who uses the same phrases over and over and over and over and over.

Zenster
11-17-2000, 01:32 PM
What rock did these people collectively crawl out from under? Criminey, aren't cats hep to the old twenty-three skidoo anymo'?

I will repeat one of my favorite sayings:

"Kill your television set."

::trucks off::

Tommy the Cat
11-17-2000, 01:40 PM
Damn straight on the un-hipness of society today. Once in a while I'll refer to someone as "Cat." Ex. "That cat makes a mean martini." Invariably someone around will ask "What? What did you say?" When I try to explain, they look at me like marbles are coming out my nose.

racinchikki
11-17-2000, 01:44 PM
I've said "how's tricks" once in a while. I'll call people "cat" once in a while, although for some reason I associate the term with Richard Petty... People look at me funny for "cat" but not "how's tricks".

Snooooopy
11-17-2000, 02:58 PM
I think today I might try asking "What's shakin'?" when I attempt to make idle conversation -- God forbid someone should reply with "Nothing's shaking. What are you talking about?"

slackergirl
11-17-2000, 03:30 PM
I've had several people regard me strangely after using that phrase. Although Zenster, I think I the only place I've heard it is television. Didn't Dick Van Dyke used to say it occasionally?

Munch
11-17-2000, 04:17 PM
Never heard it. And Zenster, I believe the original line was just "Kill your television".

struuter
11-17-2000, 04:29 PM
I used to say this all the time. Met with much the same reaction as you've gotten. Mostly people thought I was talking about prostitution. Whatever.

Tell you what. You can say it to me any time you like and be met with an assortment of positive and friendly responses.

lurkernomore
11-19-2000, 10:44 AM
Hey Struuter,

How's tricks?

justwannano
11-19-2000, 11:49 AM
I've heard the saying on TV before. Usually some detective talking to a cheaply dresses woman. I assumed she was a prostitute. Maybe you'are lucky you didn't get slapped, or slugged by some guy.

Anamorphic
11-19-2000, 02:05 PM
Of course, the proper response, "Everything's jake!" would probably get an equally furrowed brow.

Snooooopy
11-19-2000, 04:03 PM
Originally posted by Anamorphic
Of course, the proper response, "Everything's jake!" would probably get an equally furrowed brow.

Wow -- didn't know that. Once I teach my co-workers about "How's tricks?" I will teach them that, too.

justwannano
11-19-2000, 04:58 PM
Anamorphic
"Of course, the proper response, "Everything's jake!" "

Wrinkles brow and scratches head???????

Anamorphic
11-19-2000, 05:17 PM
Doesn't anyone read noir detective fiction!!? They're always going around saying that. Think they said it a couple of times in "The Sting" as well... It means, "Everything is perfect".

quasar
11-19-2000, 05:51 PM
Snoopy asked

How's tricks?


Tricks are fine. How's peppers?

Fairy Princess Kitty
11-19-2000, 06:26 PM
Is this something that all you old people have heard? No offense intended but I'm just 15 so don't mind me. But I've never heard the phrase before. The closest thing I've heard is "turning tricks" and that DOES relate to prostitution so I doubt that's what you mean so....

Huh?

Kitty

Eo Echo
11-19-2000, 06:39 PM
How's tricks has been around awhile. It might well have originally related to prostitution. Maybe something a beat cop might ask.

Eo Echo
11-19-2000, 06:41 PM
Oh, and just to head off questions about that, a beat cop is one who patrols on foot, most often in big cities. All but extinct these days.

dwyr
11-20-2000, 03:26 AM
I've used the phrase a time or two in my life but apparently it goes back to around 1920 (as a greeting anyway) according to my Dictionary of Catch Phrases. The book theorizes that it comes from a nautical trick, i.e. a turn at the wheel.

Sn-man
11-20-2000, 08:32 AM
Itís use and commonality is probably related to demographics. (Wow, I canít believe I used those words). Simply, who, what, and where makes a difference. I heard this a lot growing up in the western suburbs of Denver. I checked with some friends and coworkers. Almost all of them had heard the term and some actually admitted to using it. Most of these people are between 35-45 years old.

struuter
11-20-2000, 09:50 AM
My sister and I once considered modifying our language according to Damon Runyon. We were convinced that within a few weeks we'd create a renewed appreciation for that fabulous style.
I doubt the majority of people would have the slightest clue as to what we were saying. Still, it would be fun.

lurkernomore
11-20-2000, 03:48 PM
Originally posted by struuter
I used to say this all the time. Met with much the same reaction as you've gotten. Mostly people thought I was talking about prostitution. Whatever.

Tell you what. You can say it to me any time you like and be met with an assortment of positive and friendly responses.

Originally posted by lurkernomore

Hey Struuter,

How's tricks?



Snubbed again. Story of my life...

maidenunicorn41
11-20-2000, 03:58 PM
Lurker, I will never snub you. :D

And btw, How's tricks? :)

struuter
11-20-2000, 04:07 PM
Damn. This is what I get for being such a slow typist.

lurker--nicely, nicely, thank you very much. How goes it wi'choo? ;)

quasar
11-20-2000, 04:13 PM
Originally posted by lurkernomore

Snubbed again. Story of my life...

I totally empathize with you Lurker. A couple hours ago I started a thread here at MPSIMS. Well, I just went back to check out how it was doing. Imagine my surprise when I see that out of 32 views it had generated 0 replies. I am thinking of going back to post whatever idiocy I can think of, you know, to save face. I donít want to be known as the only doper to ever start a thread incapable of enticing a single, lousy, condescending reply. Oh, well. :rolleyes:

quasar
11-20-2000, 04:14 PM
Originally posted by lurkernomore

Snubbed again. Story of my life...

I totally empathize with you Lurker. A couple hours ago I started a thread here at MPSIMS. Well, I just went back to check out how it was doing. Imagine my surprise when I see that out of 32 views it had generated 0 replies. I am thinking of going back to post whatever idiocy I can think of, you know, to save face. I donít want to be known as the only doper to ever start a thread incapable of enticing a single, lousy, condescending reply. Oh, well. :rolleyes:

Almos forgot, Lurker, How's potatoes? :)

lurkernomore
11-20-2000, 07:28 PM
Originally posted by maidenunicorn41
Lurker, I will never snub you. :D

And btw, How's tricks? :)



And some people you can always count on...

A little better right now...

Originally posted by struuter
Damn. This is what I get for being such a slow typist.

lurker--nicely, nicely, thank you very much. How goes it wi'choo?

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Everything's jake. Koo koo kachoo

Originally posted by quasar
Almos forgot, Lurker, How's potatoes?
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French fried. How are galactic catastrophies?

Ruffian
11-20-2000, 09:41 PM
DeathLlama has asked me this and I just look at him funny. I keep waiting for him to finish the sentence..."How's Trix....cereal taste?" Or, "How's Trix...ie doing?" Or even, "How're the tickets?"

Each time he'd ask me this for the first few times (it's not like a daily or even weekly expression), I'd ask, "Trix? Trixie? Do I know a Trixie?" Or..."Um, I'm not turning any tricks, sorry." I usually had no idea in hell what he was talking about.

He is the only person I can ever recall in my life using this expression. Y'all are part of a very small, sequestered club. ;)

sk8rixtx
11-20-2000, 09:44 PM
Snooooopy posted: How's tricks?

Eh, can't complain. Yourself?

Snooooopy
11-21-2000, 05:36 AM
Originally posted by sk8rixtx
Snooooopy posted: How's tricks?

Eh, can't complain. Yourself?

Sometimes I am paralyzed by self-doubt. But a good rerun of "Law and Order" usually makes me feel better.

quasar
11-24-2000, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by lurkernomore


Originally posted by quasar
Almost forgot, Lurker, How's potatoes?
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French fried. How are galactic catastrophies?
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You know, the usual: a white dwarf for breakfast, red giant for lunch, pulsar for dinner. On a good day I will have a triple star system for dessert, but that seldom happens. It is getting really lonely up here, the farthest reaches of space seem to become less populated by the minute. Wonder whose fault is that? :D

Snooooopy
11-24-2000, 02:55 PM
Originally posted by quasar
Originally posted by lurkernomore


Originally posted by quasar
Almost forgot, Lurker, How's potatoes?


French fried. How are galactic catastrophies?
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You know, the usual: a white dwarf for breakfast, red giant for lunch, pulsar for dinner. On a good day I will have a triple star system for dessert, but that seldom happens. It is getting really lonely up here, the farthest reaches of space seem to become less populated by the minute. Wonder whose fault is that? :D
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You behave, Galactus!

quasar
11-24-2000, 05:06 PM
Guess I am not the only Fantastic Four fan around here. :)

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