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Early January morning

TeachTeach Your TeacherHomePosts: 10,077 mod
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  • torelliptorellip Posts: 797 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2016
    Yesterday @elvin, @rema and I read together a story by English Magazine: having a laugh. We discussed a lot about the sentence "......they staggered out of the club into the chill of a frosty, early January morning....". What does exactly "the chill of a frosty....morning" means? Does the author refer to the coldest hours of the day? Is this a common expression?
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  • ElvinElvin Posts: 454 ✭✭✭
    I think it was very interesting and useful, @torellip. We should continue this kind of readings. :)
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    @torellip there is another expression that is "stay frosty" that means chill out or stay cool. I never heard of this expression before. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,077 mod
    @Torellip, @Bubbly, @Elvin

    It means it was a typical, cold January morning, but early in January, perhaps the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc. Nothing to do with the time of day, and there's no indication whether it didn't get colder later. :smile:
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,640 ✭✭✭✭
    I'd never come across 'stay frosty' before @Bubbly. I had to look it up! I think it's American and probably not used that much.

    Here's a note on its origins:

    A valediction which has come to mean "be cool," but which more properly understood is an admonishment to stay alert and on one's toes. See the quote below for the pop culture origin.

    "Hey! I know we're all in strung out shape but stay frosty and alert. We can't afford to let one of those bastards in here."

    --Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), in Aliens (1986)

    Earliest origin I have seen is the 1972 movie "The New Centurions" and is spoken by George C. Scott to the "newbie" Stacy Keach. The meaning is "Stay cool and in control."

    Try to stay frosty during a stop by the police

  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge Can we use 'stay frosty' formally?
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