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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 11:40 am
What does "rock" mean here? If someone appreciates a site very much, he'd say: "Rock on (this) site!"...

I think people used to say:
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

So, "rock" means "rule"?

TIA
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McTag
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 11:44 am
Oh no.

Twice wrong.

"Rock on" is from a popular form of music known as rock 'n roll, or "rock" for short.

I'll tell you the rest later, because my meal is ready.
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fishin
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 11:50 am
"Rock on" is a slang term. The closest "real" English phrase I can think of to give the meaning would be "Continue on.."

I think it got it's start with the song "Rock on"



hey kids, rock and roll
rock on
hey kids, it's no use
Sleepin'
Showtime, summertime blues
Jump up and die in your blue suede shoes
Hey kids, rock and roll
We're gonna rock on

Where do we go from here
Which is the way that's clear

Still looking for that blue jean baby queen
Prettiest girl I've ever seen
See her die on my movie screens
Every day

Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on

Hey kids, rock and roll
Rock on
Cool my soul
Hey kids it's no use
Dreamin'
Lost out, cracked out
Find out what it's all about
Hey kids, rock and roll
We're gonna rock on

Where do we go from here
Which is the way that's clear
Where do we go from here
Which is the way that's clear

Still lookin' for that blue jean baby queen
Prettiest girl I've ever seen
See her die on my movie screens
every day

Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on

Hey kids, rock and roll
Hey kids, rock and roll
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on

Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Hey kids, rock and roll
Rock on
Hey kids, rock on
Hey kids, rock and roll
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on



This song was released by David Essex in the early 1970s and then later on it was re-done by The Smashing Pumpkins (maybe a few others too).
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oristarA
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 11:59 am
Hi fishin', I think your point of view is valuable. Cos saying "rock on..." often with a punk icon... Smile

Hi McTag, I didn't get "'n roll" Rolling Eyes
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 12:24 pm
"Rock 'n' roll" is the name of a type of music.

Another slang term that is related is just "rock" or "rocks". If I say "you rock!" or "this site rocks!", that's a compliment. It means that I think you (or the site) is admirable, doing something good or cool.

So that's an added connotation to "Rock on!" that I see -- not only "continue what you're doing", but "what you are doing is really great and I appreciate it."
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Piffka
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 01:05 pm
from a website:

The Etymology of "Rock and Roll"

(Etymology)

Due to the prejudices of the times Freed began calling the rhythm and blues records he played Rock "n" Roll. What is ironic that term Freed was using to make rhythm and blues more acceptable to a white audience, was slang for sex in the black community.

(extract from "The History of Rock" site)

http://www.history-of-rock.com/indx.html
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McTag
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 01:13 pm
Rock and roll was originally American negro slang for sexual intercourse, but it became adopted as a name for an (almost as exciting as s*x) type of music in the 1950s.

The other part if your question, "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world", simply put, means a royal prince, or any leader, loves the woman who raised him, and so a mother/ nanny/ child's nurse has an inordinate amount of influence over that person, in forming his personality, and afterwards as a trusted adviser.

That's what I've always taken it to mean anyway.
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MichaelAllen
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 10:12 pm
Nicely put
I hate it when people beat me to the answer
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 10:57 pm
Michael Allen, I have been noticing your thoughtful posts and haven't yet managed to say Welcome to a2k. Good to have you here.
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Wy
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 11:17 pm
More than royalty, mothers influence their children. When the saying was coined, women usually stayed home and raised their children. They had no overt part in politics at that time, but their influences were far-reaching. In effect, they "ruled the world" because of the way they shaped their sons' opinions.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 11:46 pm
Thank you all!

Now all about this thread has been showed clearly by you. Very Happy
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2003 11:56 pm
heehee - rock on, Oristar A!
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MichaelAllen
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2003 10:32 am
ossobuco wrote:
Michael Allen, I have been noticing your thoughtful posts and haven't yet managed to say Welcome to a2k. Good to have you here.


Thanks. I'm loving it here.
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2003 10:41 am
Rock on...more than a term...more than an expression...a way of life.......to rock on through life one must be prepared to endure slings and arrows from all sides...and say f**k 'em (in deference to Cravens' advertisers) if they can't take a joke

As I say at my shows come on down...rockers up front...pussies in back........ Twisted Evil
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