Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Why do we say these??

Back in October 2005, when I was the ripe old age of 21, I wrote this blog post:

I have come up with a list of sayings that I've heard over the years that are either stupid, don't make sense, or both. Unfortunately I have used some of these.

Beauty is only skin deep.
(Well duh! Not many people have a beautiful spleen!)

Smart as a whip.
(How many smart whips do you know?) 

A watched pot never boils.
(We are giving this pot way too much credit to 'know' when we're not looking)

Going to clean their clock! 
(There is nothing more threatening than a good clock cleaning!)

Not over until the fat lady sings.
(Is there a magic fat fairy that's supposed to appear and end things?)

He who laughs last, laughs best.
(No he's just the slowest!)

Cat got your tongue?  
(Eww, I hope not!)

Fit as a fiddle.
(Because you know how much fiddles work out)

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
(They should also get dressed in their basement!)

Barking dogs seldom bite. 
(Tell the dog that!)

Cute as a bug's ear.
(Bugs have ears?)

For Pete's sake!
(Who the heck is Pete and why do we care about his sake?)

Well I'll be dog gone.

Knock on wood.
(The only thing it will get you is bloody knuckles!)

A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. 
(Baffled at what this could possibly mean)

For crying out loud!
(I have never heard this said while anyone was crying out loud)

Between a rock and a hard place.
(Isn't a rock a hard place?)

Who spilled the beans?
(Would be easier to say "who told?")

Happy as a clam.
(Because I'm sure they are very emotional creatures)

You're pulling my leg!
(I don't usually touch people's legs let alone pull them)

Deader than a door nail.
(First off, you can't be deader than anything! And secondly, what's a door nail?)

There's no such word as can't.
(Umm, you just said it)

There is more than one way to skin a cat.
(I'm sure there is a culinary class in China that teaches the many methods)

You can't have your cake and eat it too. 
(Then what's the point of having cake!  To look at?!)

AND: One of my favorites that I actually use often

The world is your oyster!
(still don't know what it means!)


  1. Hey! Unless it says otherwise, my spleen is gorgeous.

    1. Sorry, I'm saying otherwise...your spleen is icky! ;)

  2. Also... "The world is your oyster!" is from "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Bill Shakespeare, Act II, Scene II.

    Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny.
    Pistol: Why, then, the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.

    Meaning, as a young person, the world and all of its pleasures and opportunities are open to you, and just as you would pry the pearl from clamped shell of an oyster, so you must work to claim the opportunities available in the world.

    1. This is ringing some bells. I think I have actually heard this somewhere (between now and 2005) so thank you for bringing it to mind again!

  3. I have to say this made me giggle. Before you started reading my blog I did one of these too. It cracked me up I think I did Southern sayings though.
    Joshua also cracked me up here. What I want to know is did he actually KNOW that or did he look it up? If he knew it he's a freakin genius! If he looked it up he's still a genius. lol

    1. Oooh, Southern sayings! Those must have been a hoot! I'll have to look them up sometime :)
      Oh and I'm going with Joshua totally knew!

    2. It's that BA in Theatre and an asinine love of Shakespeare.

  4. That was so funny, I almost died laughing!

    PS--Joshua is obviously as sharp as a tack!

  5. "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
    (They should also get dressed in their basement!)"

    That one made me laugh out loud. Genius!

  6. ripe old age of 21... hahaha that's so funny! The Pete in that expression would be St. Peter. Which one I don't know. Yeah, you're right: a rock is a hard place. :)

  7. Yes, Maggie, we often do say dumb things huh? I was interested in some new ones (to me). Must be Americanisms - e.g. "Going to clean their clock" and a couple of others. But generally we say the same or similar things. - Dave

  8. Between a rock and a hard place is perfectly fine, just as long as you don't get pinned and have to cut half your arm off....


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