Wait. That expression is not right. I do that sometimes. Like
• I'm colder than a witch's race horse
• A penny saved is worth two in the bush
• Absence makes the heart grow sheep's clothing
• Beat a drawing board
There are some that I've never really understood the meaning. I know the idioms, but I really don't understand why we say it. Here's some examples:
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. What on earth does that even mean? I know it means to be thankful for what's been given to you, and to not question the value of the gift...but how did we arrive at that conclusion? Did somebody receive a horse as a gift, then made the mistake of looking in his mouth? Did the giver get so mad that he took the horse back? Why did he get so mad? Was this a weird insult from days of yore?
If it's not one thing, it's another. If it's not another thing, it's something else entirely different. This could go on and on.
Who let the cat out of the bag? I really like cats. I don't think they should be put in bags. In fact, the next time I see another cat in a bag, I'm calling that lady from the Golden Girls who's an animal rights activist.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. If I lived in a glass house I would not:
- Throw rocks inside my house
- Throw rocks at my house
- Walk around in the buff
You just put your foot in your mouth. Eww! I know people who can put their fists in their mouths. I know people who can lick their own elbows. But sticking your feet inside your mouth is just disturbing.
Heavens to Betsy! Who's Betsy? Was she in the Bible? When Betsy died, did heaven come to Betsy, rather than her going to heaven? I like to imagine Betsy as a sweet little old woman who, if she lived today, would have forwarded every email she ever received...and when I was just absolutely fed up with the 163rd forwarded email from Aunt Betsy, I called upon the Lord to just take Betsy home...to finally be at peace. She really had to keep a pretty frantic pace to forward all those emails.
I like to think I'm a pretty smart guy, but I'll be John Brown if I can't figure these idioms out!