There are several sayings or phrases we use in everyday conversations and we don’t even know where they come from. I’ve been thinking lately about who in the world invented some of this stuff that really doesn’t make any sense at all.
For instance, “Open mouth, insert foot.” That’s meant to say that you’ve said something really stupid and wish you could take it back. In my case, it should be “Open mouth, insert – fingers.” There is no way I could get a foot up high enough to reach my mouth. I’m doing good when I cross my legs and, even then, they’re only partially crossed.
Whoever came up with the term “Muffin Top”? In some cases, the words should say “Bundt Cake Top,” but we won’t get into that right now. Did someone purposely stand in one place for a very long time, studying different female or male anatomies until he or she decided the human race had bodies that looked like baked goods from the waist down?
How about “goose bumps?” Those are supposed to be skin defects that, apparently, come up after you’ve been scared or freaked out about something. Do geese have bumps? I’ve never been close enough to examine one to see but, in my humble opinion, there are no bumps on geese.
“Well, shut my mouth!” If I’m not mistaken, this comes from the Southern states. In other words, good ol’ Dixie! Does it mean the person saying this wants the other person to slug him in the face? Why not say, “Kick me in the shins!” or “Fist bump me until I give up”?
Then there’s “He’ll take that to the grave.” Take what to the grave? When my husband passed, we put a golf club by his side hoping that, wherever he went, he’d be able to play as much as he wanted. What will I take to my grave? Probably every bad thought I had about certain people and was always afraid to tell them to their faces. Some folks I know will have family members place all their cash in the casket so nobody could squander their inheritance.
“One foot in the grave.” That is not a pleasant visual. Can you imagine yourself with one leg in a 6-foot-deep hole and the other on solid ground? First of all, you’d have to be terribly tall and extremely patient. Secondly, you’d be asking yourself why in the world am I doing this instead of living my life to the fullest?
“Skip to my Lou.” Don’t know if that’s the exact saying. Who is Lou? A nickname for Louise or Louis? Now I know somebody reading this can tell me exactly where it originated and what it means.
“There’s a fungus among us.” How stupid is that one? First of all, if I were around a person with a fungus, I wouldn’t be part of the ‘‘among us’’ group.
Hundreds of sayings are part of our vocabulary. Whether we’re aware of how often we use them is another question. Some come out automatically, with our brain not even connecting to the words.
Others are used very intentionally. Doesn’t matter. They’re here to stay and new ones are started every year. Technology, my friends, technology.