Posted by Word Camel on June 27, 2004
In Reply to: "I'd rather..." posted by WordCrafter on June 26, 2004
: : : : : There are a series of things that English speakers would rather do than the thing in question. For example:
: : : : : rather watch paint dry
: : : : : rather watch grass grow
: : : : : rather have a root canal
: : : : : .......are there any other things that are used in this context elsewhere in the English speaking world?
: : : : I'd rather listen to nails on a blackboard.
: : : : I'd rather have an enema
: : : Here's one I collected at work. My coworker was watching a woman walk by and then he said:
: : : I'D RATHER HOLD A HORSE IN THE RAIN - Said about an unattractive woman. (Kentucky man in his 60s, 2002)
: : Thought of another one. My friend and I both lost our jobs when our department was abolished. I got a chance to go back to work but checked to make sure I wasn't taking a job from her. She said, no, she didn't want to go back. In fact, she said:
: : I'D RATHER DIE IN MY OWN VOMIT -- Kentucky woman, 1981.
: : OK, that's kind of gross. But you have to admit it makes her point.
: One of my favourites -- I'd rather that you did it.
I've heard "I'd sooner..." a bit more often. This is one of those lovely phrases that lends itself to improvisation.
I'd sooner/rather be...
flayed and put on public display
Just insert your preference.
- Watching paint dry Lotg 01/July/04