We in America have some strange sayings. I commented today on a picture by saying, “Your daughters are cute as a button.” As a button? Buttons aren’t cute. What does that mean? “Your daughters are round with holes in the middle.” Wow, what a great compliment.
That got me thinking of some other common sayings people often use.
“I slept like a baby.” – I’m so sorry to hear that.
“It’s raining cats and dogs.” – If I ever see that, I’m moving!
“Don’t be a bump on a pickle.” – Maybe I like the bumps on pickles.
“They’re just chewing the fat.” – Now, that’s just gross.
“You’re fine as frog’s hair.” – Sorry to burst your bubble, but that is not a compliment.
“Does the cat have your tongue?” – If it did, that would be pretty obvious. Don’t you think?
“You lucky duck!” – What duck? I don’t see a duck.
“Oh come on, let your hair down.” – Why? Is someone going to braid it?
“He’s the low man on the totem pole.” – Maybe he’s afraid of heights. What’s the big deal?
“I always have to walk on egg shells around you.” – Sorry. I didn’t realize they were there.
“She’s just pulling your leg.” – Yes, I know. I can feel it.
These sayings make no sense. Yet, we use them often and I’m sure I will continue to do so.
What sayings do you find funny?