Behind one's back

Discussion in 'The Edge of the Forum' started by Veho, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    The phrase that has always bugged me is "behind one's back". You know. "They're talking about me behind my back", and so on.

    Behind my back.

    As opposed to what?

    In front of my back?

    (Well, yes, "to my face", but what kind of opposite is that? Lame.)

    So, if any given outside surface is pointing outwards, then the surface of my back would be pointing outwards as well, and the orientation of the normal vector for my back is opposite to the orientation of my nose, anything going on behind me (if I define the orientation of "me" as equal to the orientation of my face), is actually in front of my back. Meaning, anything going on behind me would be going on in front of my back. That, in turn, means that when someone is doing things behind your back ( [​IMG] ), he's actually doing the thing in your face ( [​IMG] [​IMG] ). The fact that the phrase literally meaning "in front of you" actually means you're oblivious to the doings can only be an indication of your general ignorance or not being able to get the hint if it pokes you in the butt.

    (Double entendre notwithstanding.)
  2. Ace Gunman

    Ace Gunman ~••Lucky҉Shot••~

    Former Staff
    Apr 17, 2003
    Wassamatta U
    Well of course, that's a given! Ha ha, you crack my up little buddy.
  3. Aerlion

    Aerlion Newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    That's a weird way [​IMG]
  4. shtonkalot

    shtonkalot Can't hold on much longer, But I'll never let go!

    May 28, 2006
    Gosford, Australia
    I can't believe I just wasted:
    1. the 20 seconds it took to read the post
    2. the 20 seconds I just spent thinking WTF!?!
    3. the 20 seconds this reply took to write.

    veho, you owe me 1 minute of my life.
  5. moozxy

    moozxy hamboning

    Jul 22, 2007
  6. Westside

    Westside Sogdiana

    Dec 18, 2004
    Guantanamo bay
    veho is as funny as a dick.
  7. Sonicslasher

    Sonicslasher In Law we trust.

    Dec 5, 2005
    United States
    Richmond, VA
    a dickpenis mind you!
  8. xcalibur

    xcalibur Gbatemp's Chocolate Bear

    Jun 2, 2007
    Sacred Heart
    Yes but the direction of any occurences are relative to the direction you are facing. So while someone may be talkig to you in fron of your back, according to your position, they are behind you.
    The back is only commented upon to specify the position.