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Old 02-14-05, 11:59 AM Thread Starter   #1
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What does this phrase mean: 'i'm gonna fix your little red wagon'


Just a sec ago i was playing a bit of Far Cry again, and in one of the conversations i overheard, one of the mercs says 'well he'd better not come over here or i'll fix his little red wagon'

i'm by no means an english language expert, lol, so what does he mean? i tried google and some online libraries but couldn't get an explanation.

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Old 02-14-05, 12:12 PM   #2
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it means he intends you harm. a nice way of saying "im gonna f#*k him up!"
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Old 02-14-05, 12:25 PM Thread Starter   #3
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it means he intends you harm. a nice way of saying "im gonna f#*k him up!"
Thanks, but do you have an idea where it comes from?

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Old 02-14-05, 12:43 PM   #4
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well i imagine it comes from the annoying little red wagons kids used to tote around in this country. my guess would be some kid was rollin down the stree , just him and his squeaky a$$ wagon whistlin dixie or whatever, when all of a sudden the noise awke a angry local and in a fit of rage screamed out his second story window to the child, "ill fix your little red wagon you twerp" maybe??

this is all conjecture, but id bet something along those lines.
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Old 02-14-05, 02:11 PM   #5
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he's probably thinking of opening a little red wagon repair shop for kids who accidentally break their favorite toys. during the conversation he is saying that he has probably run into a bad customer who frequently breaks his little red wagon in order to get back at his parents. if the character sees this happen again, he'll fix that boy's little red wagon so good that the boy will be unable to break it again...ever.

this is what happens when i get bored

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Old 02-14-05, 02:15 PM Thread Starter   #6
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ROFLMAO!!!1!1!!!ONE


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Old 02-14-05, 03:31 PM   #7
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I googled the phrase (that is what happens whie I get bored). I can't find out where it originated but it does predate little red wagons. An earlier form was "I am going to fix his wagon" which apparently reffered to the horse drawn type of wagon. How a horse can hold a pencil, I have no idea.
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Old 02-14-05, 11:46 PM   #8
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I am assuming
"I'm going to fix his waggon" would be like someone threating to fix the breaks on your car, when they are working fine.

They wont be after.
I recall a poem or short story as a child about a little red waggon, it might have been a song, but its eluding me right now

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Old 02-15-05, 12:16 AM   #9
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I recall a poem or short story as a child about a little red waggon, it might have been a song, but its eluding me right now
One of my little boy's favourites, as I sing it with gusto while bouncing him mercilessly on my knee:

Bumping Up and Down

Chorus
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon,
Won’t you be my darlin’


One wheel's off (tilt baby to the left)
And the axel's broken
One wheel's off (tilt baby to the right)
And the axel's broken
One wheel's off (tilt baby to the left)
And the axel's broken
Won't you be my darlin' (big hug)


Freddie's gonna fix it with his hammer... (improvise action)

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon...

One wheel’s off and the axel's broken,... (improvise action)

Laura's gonna fix it with her pliers... (improvise action)

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon...
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Old 02-15-05, 09:48 AM   #10
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i think it means hes gonna kick your balls and mash em up into goo (a wee bit too much detail dont you think)...
weird phrase..

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Old 02-15-05, 10:23 AM Thread Starter   #11
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@ Sean Lindstrom

you got the melody for that somewhere? xD

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Old 02-15-05, 01:30 PM   #12
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I only know the version by Raffi, here.

There are many variants to this fast paced old song, the main appeal being the violent improvisation: "One fell off and bumped his head" (tilt baby to side, tap baby’s head), "sat on the fence and rattled his diapers" (imperil the family jewels), and so forth. Some babies love that sort of thing.
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Old 02-15-05, 01:37 PM Thread Starter   #13
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thanks, but i gotta find a way to get it. i know someone who has itunes but i doubt if he will like the song

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Old 02-15-05, 01:55 PM   #14
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According to: The Dictionary of Cliches James Rogers 1985 Wings Books, NY

"Fix his wagon"- long ago this something was "flints." "The Clockmaker" [1840] Thomas C. Haliburton. "Their manners were rude...They want their flints fixed for 'em."

Rogers speculates wagons were later substituted.
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Old 02-15-05, 02:49 PM   #15
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Quote:
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I am assuming
"I'm going to fix his waggon" would be like someone threating to fix the breaks on your car, when they are working fine.

They wont be after.
I recall a poem or short story as a child about a little red waggon, it might have been a song, but its eluding me right now
There's also:

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(whisper)You can't ride in my little red wagon... the axles are brokin' and the wheels are saggin'...

Next verse, same as the first... just a little bit louder and a little bit worse!

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You repeat this ten or so times until you are screaming at the top of your lungs and you scare the crap out of little kids...

O yeah, I almost forgot: it is better when you do this around a campfire so you can jump over the fire and potentially catch yourself on fire...

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Old 02-15-05, 02:54 PM Thread Starter   #16
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......lol.....


what do i see? still being mind controlled by the hello kitty movement?

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Old 02-20-05, 08:10 PM   #17
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......lol.....


what do i see? still being mind controlled by the hello kitty movement?
Yes... I've been stuck in that miserable room for several weeks and it feels good to ge- *THWACK!*

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Old 02-21-05, 03:00 AM Thread Starter   #18
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omg..i get it...the red wagon is a code phrase...it actually means 'we are going to take over the world'

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