Railroad Terms Used in Common Speech

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by RobertInOntario, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    It's time to "get back on track".
  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Here's one I'm not sure if it's origin is from railroading but it sounds like it could be, "boilerplate". As in, "the first two pages of this proposal are nothing but boilerplate"
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    There's one really, really very common expression that I really, really surprised not to see here:eek:.... So common, I just heard someone use it a little bit ago on a TV program.:cool:

    Anyone what to take a shot at it????:wave:
  4. EvoMan454

    EvoMan454 New Member

    Can you give us a small clue?
  5. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    He was "railroaded" into it?
  6. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    sorry just looked back and it was the first one:oops:
  7. mummert

    mummert Member

    How about jump on the "band wagon"?
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I would, but even the slightest hint would give it away.

    Oh, alright, in some convoluted way, it could have something to do with business....:twisted:
  9. Krawler

    Krawler Member

    Hows about "inbound" & "outbound"
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Brass Hat?

  11. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

  12. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    "Caboose" referring to rear end. Used in a business setting, you might find yourself out of business...? ;)

  13. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    2 more

    Of course to a tot, you would "paddle his littlr caboose". Then, how about HOME DEPOT

  14. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Nope, I said "convoluted", not "complicated":cry:. It's very simple, and expression that you routinely hear about the way that some people do some things... Oh, oh, I'm giving it away, little by little..:eek:
  15. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Do things... "by the book"? I suppose that could be used in business (and probably is), but I doubt that the railroad had exclusive use of this expression.


  16. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    Half Fast?
    Slip Shod?

    I dunno.
  17. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Come to a screeching halt.
  18. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Round table discussion ?
  19. iis612

    iis612 Member

    That has more to do with grenades, or smoke decoys, I think. As in, "let's pop smoke," or "Let's blow this pop stand."
  20. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    All good answers, but not the one I'm thinking of. It has something to do with someone not agreeing with how you do business. That again is kind of convoluted, but if I used one, just one key word, you'd all know what the rest of the phrase was.wall1 wall1

    I'll post that key word before 11 PM tonight, EST....:cool:

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