favorite idioms

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Take a Seat

Same as, "your hold wait will be eleven minutes". "If you so choose not to hold press seven". "Please wait for the next prompt because we don't pay a live person to speak with you". They never even offer the option for old fashioned dial phones much anymore. Time out in the punishment chair if you... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Swim with the fishes. This started as a mob jargon for dumping a body into the river or ocean therefore being eaten up... but has twisted with time to sometimes be used in opposite translation. The phrase was used in business in the late 90's as a means to state that if one could swim with the big... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Sword of Damocles. Damocles was a courtier in DionysiusII court during the 4th Century. Damocles was bubbling with flattery for the tyrant Dionysius about how wonderful it is to be the rich and powerful Dionysius. The ruler allows Damocles to " walk a mile in his shoes" and allows Damocles to act as... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Straw that Broke the Camel's Back. A proverb about failure occurring just past the point of all tolerance. Seems like when someone is down this happens to attract just one more loss or problem.This is when I say to you get up off the matt and stand your ground. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 7, 2005

"Hallmark invented Valentines Day" this may not be in your lexicon but my Xhusband used to always say this the week before Valentines Day. The funny part is Donny Hall went to school with both of us, and this is how my x claimed a idiotsavant expertise. Now with hindsight I have the answer to his... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 3, 2005

To Bear Fruit. Wiley there aren't as many happy ones as I thought! I planted three cherry trees on the north side of my house. Right now they have burgundy tips on the ends of the barren branches. In weeks we will have wonderous pink flowers. Then next in the early summer Queen Ann Cherries. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Can of Worms. Have you ever tried to close a can of live bait worms? Some guys are going to get smashed and slime all over your hands. More tricky than getting dogdo off your shoe with a stick. Rather gross today. I think it's the green sinus trouble again. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Full Fathoms five. From The Tempest Or rather very lost in the deep ocean. I don't know if William fully understood how huge and vast the sea really is. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Swan song. I like the legendary version of the swan singing her own dirge as she dies. You, may however be more familiar with the theatrical final appearance version- with the drama of some great performer saying a last goodbye. Swans in reality are not the graceful peacful creatures in literature.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Thank God it's Friday. I surely need a weekend. Sign in to see full entry.

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