Posted by Dhm on July 07, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Bat n ball posted by Charlie on July 07, 2004
: : : : I was just joking with my Swedish-Australian buddy, and I told her that I've had enough, and I'm gonna pick up my bat n ball & go home. She didn't understand.
: : : : I'm laying odds this originated from cricket - but does anyone now?
: : : This means 'pick up your things and go home'?
: : Yes, it's sort of a dummy spit. ie. I don't want to play any more, or I don't want to do this any more.
: It's a phrase children would say when things aren't going their way in a game, and I remember saying it as a child. If I brought the football to the game and I was being a sore loser, or if the other team isn't playing fair, I'd say "I'm going to take my ball and go home."
: Thus, the rest couldn't play any longer and the fun is over. It's a threat.