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Puzzle ID:#34855
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Submitted By:jazzmusician46Aau*****




How is line #3 represented in this rebus?

1. The shoemaker prays that blessings will be bestowed on everyone.
2. The watchmaker prays for good fortune.
3. The tinker prays a malevolent prayer that God will bring misfortune on someone.
4. The carpenter prays that all will be well.

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Jan 13, 2007

A curse could be a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another and it can be a profane oath; curse word but I don't think it could be a prayer for misfortune on someone. And a 'tinker dam' is something useless, as in 'I don't give a tinker's dam'.

And as for a tinker's reputation for habitual use of profanity, an urban myth no doubt since profanity would work against them since their customers would most like be housewives and housekeepers.
Jan 13, 2007

China Hand, I'm not really sure what you are trying to say? Clearly, you have cited ' Unabridged (v 1.1)' for your definition of 'curse'. If you check the 'American Heritage Dictionary', you'll find one of the definitions for curse is: "An appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something." As you are no doubt aware, the English language has more than one way of defining a word; we have choices.

Jan 14, 2007

In my "neck of the woods," I have heard the expression, "I don't give a tinker's damn," many times. Based on the context in which the phrase was used, it meant the same thing as "I don't give a damn" as in Rhett Butler's line to Scarlett in 'Gone With the Wind'. In other words, "I don't care."

I live in the Southeastern US, which was settled by many Scottish and Scots-Irish immigrants in the 1800's. It is a mountainous area in which tinkers abounded in those days, so it can be deduced that the use of this phrase in this area was a result of that heritage.

So I am a bit confused how in one instance, the phrase "tinker's curse," is a used AS a curse, and in the next example the phrase is related to an OBJECT used in the the tinker's work, and the word 'damn' which is a synonym for curse, is now a 'dam'.

Very confusing. Perhaps a little more research would explain this dichotomy?
Jan 14, 2007

I hope that my use of what is considered to be a curse word, is not found to be unacceptable in this discussion. It was necessary to use it to explain my point in discussing the teaser. I hope I have not offended anyone.
Jan 15, 2007

Have heard "don't give a tinker's damn"; now after your posts, will do some research. Lived in SE also.
Jan 15, 2007

Well, I never realised such a simple expression would have created so much discussion. To be honest, I had never heard of a 'tinker's damn' either until the teaser was rejected on the grounds I had not included it in the answer section. One learns something new each day.
Jan 17, 2007

I live in the New England and have also heard "I don't give a tinker's damn". From the definition Jazzmusician gave, I'm assuming it was distorted through the years from tinker's 'dam' to 'damn'. I've never heard of a tinker's curse so never would have gotten this right but it was interesting to read the answer's explanation and the comments.
Jan 17, 2007

This was kool and all but I totally didn't get it. I have never heard that saying before but I will ber sure to remember it. Who knows it miht just come in handy for the future.
Jan 18, 2007

It is a popular saying in Australia (and I suppose England, but am not sure). I can feel a PhD coming on here...
Feb 14, 2007

Well I guess it must be our corrupt criminal beginnings but I'll support the jazzzer, being also from Australia that "a tinker's curse" is a common saying down under! Maybe that's why I got the teaser?
Feb 14, 2007

Well I guess it must be our corrupt criminal beginnings but I'll support the jazzer, being also from Australia that "a tinker's curse" is a common saying down under! Maybe that's why I got the teaser?
Feb 16, 2007

Well again a problem caused by differences in the way we all speak the language. For me I guess, I wasn't too fond of this, simply because it caused some dissention in our family.
Feb 17, 2007

We weren't dissenting V!! Just discussing that's all!
Apr 11, 2007

"3 Times Lucky" and "3's a charm" we have a "lucky charm"!

hahah I guess it's only lucky if you're sadistic, seeing as how it's a death wish.
May 07, 2007

I said "stinker tinker" because i could think of anything else and it sounded funny.
May 19, 2007

At thespian inductions, we watched a play called "For Whom the Tinkerbell Tolls" so I thought it was that. Lol
May 20, 2007

That's funny! You made me laugh!!!
Jun 22, 2009

Very interesting rebus.

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