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unarayanadas
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2009 7:53:11 AM

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Can somebody suggest what the expression means? It has been used in a sentence as: "He made a camel's breakfast out of it".
nick
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2009 10:39:29 AM
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I am not positive, but it feels similar to a dog's breakfast. I understand the sentence as "He messed it up"
Demosth
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2009 5:32:29 PM
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unarayanadas wrote:
Can somebody suggest what the expression means? It has been used in a sentence as: "He made a camel's breakfast out of it".


Based on the context, this probably means: "He made a real mess of it."

I could be wrong though... it's not one I've heard before.
Tamara
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2009 6:38:02 PM
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I've never heard of it before. And a quick google search revealed nothing. Where did you come across it? In a book? Or was someone using it in a conversation? I wonder if they've gotten it wrong.
Atallmond
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 9:25:22 AM
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I've never heard this phrase before. Maybe whoever used it got the expression wrong. I tried Googling it and didn't come up with anything concrete.
unarayanadas
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:33:35 AM

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The expression was used by one of today's greatest English novelists: Frederick Forsyth, in his book The Fist of God. It probably means as one of you suggested that someone has made a mess of things or as another sggested, quite similar to the expression 'making a dog's breakfast' of things. I have looked for it in various English language resources but could not find it. That is the reason why I have posted it on this forum. Thanks for your participation.
NicoleR
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 3:12:09 PM
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I just came across another version: "monkey's wedding." I think they all imply that something is a complete mess. "Camel's breakfast" may be a regional expression like "monkey's wedding" is. Check out DARE (Dictionary of American Regional English) at http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/dare/dare.html.
krmiller
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 6:04:27 PM
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I would guess it means he turned it into desert plants, as that's what camels eat. But I'm very literal-minded... not to mention a smart aleck when it comes to language!
unarayanadas
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:57:48 PM

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Please remember, Forsyth is a very English author. His English is as delightful as the tempo he maintains in weaving his tales is intricate making for a compelling reading. He must have meant that he (Saddam Hussein) must have made a mess of things when he said ‘he made a camel’s breakfast of it’.
unarayanadas
Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:00:59 AM

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Thank you, NicoleR for bringing to my notice an additional resource, DARE (Dictionary of American Regional English) at http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/dare/dare.html.
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