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  • mistermuse 4:57 pm on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adages, , , phrases,   

    SAY WHAT? 

    When I make use of old sayings or adages (such as the title of my last post, DOLLARS TO DOUGH-NUTS), I sometimes hesitate to do so because I’ve observed that (unlike my generation)  many people these days don’t know them….which, in turn, means that the reader probably “doesn’t get it” and my wordplay didn’t work. You might claim that’s because my generation was around when most of these old sayings originated, so naturally I’m familiar with them. Very funny.

    DOLLARS TO DOUGHNUTS, for example, is a 19th century pseudo-betting phrase implying short odds (dollars are valuable but doughnuts aren’t), as in this sentence in a February 1876 Nevada newspaper: Whenever you hear any resident of a community attempting to decry the local paper…it’s dollars to doughnuts that such a person is either mad at the editor, or is owing the office for subscription or advertising.

    Well, I’ve got news for you — I wasn’t around in 1876, but I still knew the phrase. How familiar are you with old sayings such as these (just to make it interesting, all but one of the following have a slightly altered word or two; if you can make the appropriate corrections, I’ll admit that you came up smelling like a tokus — I mean, like a rose):

    1. A bird in the hand is worth two in the blue.
    2. It ain’t over, still the fat lady sings.
    3. It’s all over but the shooting.
    4. The best laid plans of mice and men oft go oy vey.
    5. A stitch in time saves a dime.

    6. A picture is worth a thousand turds.
    7. All good things come to those who can’t wait.
    8. All is fair in love and divorce.
    9. Behind every Dodge Stratus there’s a Silverado.
    10. Better late than whatever.

    11. He who hesitates is last.
    12. Neither rhyme nor treason.
    13. Blood is thicker than liquor.
    14. Don’t change houses in the middle of the storm.
    15. No rest for the wicked.

    And now, if you’ll pardon me, it’s time for my nap.





    • DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? 5:31 pm on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Nice lol! 😂

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    • mistermuse 8:15 pm on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I guess you’ll just have to settle for a cigar! 🙂

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      • DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? 9:18 pm on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Damned if I don’t have two of them growing mold in my humidor… I hate living in an apartment that makes me hike out to the street to smoke. I don’t want to sit on the curb to enjoy a good cigar…


    • mistermuse 10:41 pm on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ever ready to come to the aid of a damsel in distress, my suggestion is to buy cheap cigars so that when they grow moldy and unsmokable, you’ve saved money.


    • BroadBlogs 2:00 pm on June 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have heard the phrase before. But I’d never known what it meant. Interesting! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 4:33 pm on June 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. Perhaps I should take this occasion to report the correct words to replace the alterations I made in the first 14 sayings (just in case anyone’s curious about any they didn’t know):

      1. bush (instead of blue) 2. till (instead of , still) 3. shouting (instead of shooting) 4. awry (instead of oi vey) 5. nine (instead of a dime)

      6. words (instead of turds) 7. wait (instead of can’t wait) 8. war (instead of divorce) 9. cloud (instead of Dodge Stratus); silver lining (instead of Silverado) 10. never (instead of whatever)

      11. lost (instead of last) 12. reason (instead of treason) 13. water (instead of liquor) 14. horses (instead of houses); stream (instead of storm)


    • Don Frankel 7:22 pm on June 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The Opera may not be over until the Fat Lady sings and the best laid schemes of mice and men Gang aft agley but nice guys finish, somewhere.


    • mistermuse 9:21 pm on June 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “Nobody goes there anymore. lt’s too crowded.” –Yogi Berra


    • Don Frankel 4:58 am on June 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “Some guys don’t like to swing on a 3 – 0 pitch because they swing.” Yogi Berra. Unlike a lot of Yogisms that he may or may not have actually said, I heard him say that one.


    • mistermuse 6:38 am on June 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That reminds me of this Yogism: “I never said most of the things I said.” You gotta love it!


    • arekhill1 6:02 pm on June 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      With the price of a decent doughnut well over a buck nowadays, it’s no wonder no one uses that old saw anymore.


    • mistermuse 7:03 pm on June 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      There’s not a hole lot I can say about that….and probably it’s just as well.


  • mistermuse 3:40 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adages, , By George!, Honesty is the best policy, , , , , Rex Harrison,   


    I wonder how many readers of my previous post realized that its title was an old expression dating back over 300 years. According to grammarphobia.com, BY GEORGE dates from a 1694 translation of a comedy by Platus: “By George, you shan’t be a Sowce the better for what’s in it”….but “George” was used in an expression even earlier, as here (from a 1598 Ben Johnson play): “Well! he knowes what to trust to, for George.” Here is a more recent (1964) example of “By George!” by Rex Harrison in the above-average film MY FAIR LADY, starring Harrison and Audrey Hepburn:

    My larger point: the small percentage of people who know old adages and expressions  — at least, that is my impression from watching game shows like JEOPARDY!, where supposed broadly-knowledgeable players almost invariably don’t know a familiar (to me) old saying when the question arises. You may say That’s easy for me to say, an old codger who was probably around before most old sayings started. Very funny. I resemble that remark — and I’m not the only one:

    So much for idle rumors. If you’re so smart, let’s see how many of these old sayings you know at your tender age. No cheating. Remember, honesty is the best policy (why give insurance companies a legitimate excuse not to pay — they’ll give you a hard enough time on general principles). But just to keep you on your tokus, I’ll throw in several dishonest — I mean made-up — old aphorisms to see if you can separate the wheat from the shaft:

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

    A day late and a dollar early.

    A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.

    Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.

    All work and no play makes Jack an ass.

    Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.

    Better late than never.

    Blood is thicker than tomato soup.

    Close but no cigar.

    Close only counts in horseshit.

    Curiosity killed the cat.

    Do unto others before they do unto you.

    The rest is yet to come….

    ….if I do a Part Two.

    • arekhill1 3:47 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You forgot “virtue is its own remorse.”

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    • mistermuse 4:05 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I soitenly did (but I didn’t forget that Curly often said “soitenly”).


    • Don Frankel 5:40 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      1 P.T. Barnum 2 Fraud Alert 3 Clarence Darrow 4 Fraud Alert 5 Fraud Alert 6 W.C. Fields 7 Anonymous 8 Fraud Alert 9 Fidel Castro 10 Fraud Alert 11 Lassie 12 Julius Caesar then he said Et tu Brute 13 Fraud Alert.


      • mistermuse 7:11 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I know you got the Fraud Alerts and Lassie right. I’ll take your word for the rest.


    • ladysighs 5:43 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite in your list is: Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.
      It also makes the heart to wander yonder. 😦


      • mistermuse 7:19 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Having been happily married to the same woman for only 46 years, I’ll have to take your word for it, ladysighs. 🙂


    • Michaeline Montezinos 5:51 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am not as “old” as some people I know but I do recall those adages, mistermuse. You did not fool me with those fake ones either, by George!


    • mistermuse 7:28 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Curses! Foiled again! 🙂


    • Don Frankel 2:29 pm on January 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Do I win anything? I mean I just took this 12 question world history test on Facebook and got them all right and I asked did I win anything? And, well I got no answer.


    • mistermuse 5:44 pm on January 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I got to thinking that Lassie, being a dog, couldn’t be the right answer to #11 – it had to be a horse. So even if you got the rest right, the answer to your question is literally #11.

      However, I won’t let that be the end of it – here’s some info that’s straight from the horse’s mouth, and even better than a prize: I checked Wikipedia’s “List of historical horses” and found that a horse named FRANKEL is listed as the “Highest rated horse in history” (undefeated in 14 career starts). So now, if anyone ever calls you a horse’s ass (not that anyone ever would), you can tell them to kiss your rear just like all the other losers wound up doing.

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    • carmen 5:16 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You might be interested to know that NOEL Harrison had a 300-acre farm not far from where I live, in the early 70’s; he was a well-known figure in these parts. I believe he was here for about 10 years.

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    • mistermuse 7:33 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info. I didn’t know that, so I checked Wikipedia for the details. Turns out he bought a farmhouse & moved to Mt. Hanley, Nova Scotia, in 1972. The house burned down in the winter of 1974, but he built a new one (without electricity, would you believe) and didn’t return to England until the late 1990s. His photo shows a distinct resemblance to his father (Rex).


      • carmen 10:34 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I graduated High School in 1975. The parties over there were lengendary by that time; many teenagers were attracted to him and the ‘characters’ he befriended. At that time, I had no idea what the big deal was about the guy. . .interested in other things, I guess. It wasn’t until years later that I finally figured out, “OH! THAT’s who he is” 🙂

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  • mistermuse 7:39 pm on February 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adages, bed humor, hit the hay, hit the sack, , , , wrong side of the bed   


    Have you heard the one about the best cure for insomnia? Get more sleep.
    In order to do that, it might help if you go to bed instead of staying up late reading….unless, of course, you’re reading this post, in which case, all beds are off. You can’t get (revised) wisdom like this in your dreams, you know:

    Gone to bed with the chickens.
    Mr. Rooster says it’s a hard life, but somebody’s got to do it.

    You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.
    Like you don’t lie enough when you’re awake?

    She got up on the wrong side of the bed.
    Buy a bed that doesn’t have two wrong sides.

    She looks like an unmade bed.
    Makeup-wise, face it — the bed can wait. It’s not going anywhere.

    I hate to be a wet blanket, but it’s time to hit the hay….or the sack, if it’s a good night.
    Good night.

    • Don Frankel 6:35 am on February 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.”
      So why am I broke?


    • mistermuse 10:31 am on February 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, along with being healthy and wise, no doubt you’re also handsome and saintly, so be happy with 4 out of 5….just like I have to be satisfied with my 4 bed-sayings (if I’d thought of yours, my piece wouldn’t be a FOUR-POSTER, and a FIVE-POSTER wouldn’t work here – though it would definetly be a novelty).


  • mistermuse 7:36 pm on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adages, , course of true love never runs smooth, cure is worse than the disease, death and taxes. pen is mightier than the sword, left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, , , , squeaky wheel gets the grease, , , way to a man's heart is through his stomach   


    How time flies. It seems like only yesterday that I posted Part One of SO THEY SAY. Time to get back to work. Time’s a-wasting. Time to bite the bullet. Time is stranger than fiction. Etc.

    In Part One, as you will fail to recall, I did what I will continue in Part Two, so rather than repeat the original intro, I’m sitting here trying to think of another one even more brilliant….

    Sorry, I can’t do the impossible. Just scroll down to that post to get the idea. They say time waits for no one, but I’ll wait. Take your time.


    The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.
    As if it cared.

    The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
    Hold the fries.

    There may be snow on the roof, but there’s still fire in the furnace.
    I suppose that beats fire on the roof and snow in the furnace.

    The course of true love never runs smooth.
    What’s the rush?

    The cure is worse than the disease….
    nless the side effects put you mercifully out of your misery. Just sayin’.

    The only sure thing is death and taxes.
    That’s two things (unless you can afford a very creative accountant).

    The pen is mightier than the sword.
    and just as obsolete.

    The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
    OK, I’ll bite….as long as I don’t get heartburn and there’s a rear exit.

    The truth shall set you free.
    My truth — not the other guy’s. Trust me.

    The more things change, the more they remain the same.
    Sounds to me
    like there may be
    a Part Three.
    We shall see.

    • Don Frankel 4:33 pm on February 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I think a third one should be a lead pipe cinch. So long as the Creek don’t rise.


    • mistermuse 6:07 pm on February 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You got it, Don.

      Come hell or high water,
      I’m up to working harter.
      #3 may not be better,
      But it’s shore to be wetter.


  • mistermuse 12:04 am on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adages, , , , ,   


    In some lost past post of mine somewhere in the blogosphere, I asserted that what you don’t know can’t hurt you  is one of the dumbest well-known sayings ever said. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good old adage as much as the next good old adage lover, but not all old adages are created equal. I think we’re often inclined to take such supposed wisdom at face value, when a second look might give us pause — second thoughts, so to speak.

    I have over the years acquired over a dozen books of old sayings, truisms, maxims, aphorisms, expressions, etc. Here is a selection from my collection which, upon further inspection, may warrant further reflection:

    Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.
    That didn’t seem to bother W. C. Fields, Dean Martin or Homer Simpson.

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
    And yet, very few smokers carry fire extinguishers.

    We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
    Easy now. What did that bridge ever do to you?

    Truth is stranger than fiction.
    In fact, so strange you can only find it in the Rare Books section.

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
    So much for practice makes perfect.

    What goes up must come down.
    Try telling that to all the kites and balloons caught up in trees.

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
    But when the meek get tough, they get dis-blessed and disinherit the earth.

    When it rains, it pours.
    One word: drizzle.

    When you lie down with dogs, you get fleas.
    My dog resembles that remark (or at least he would, if he had fleas).

    And that’s just scratching the surface. There’s plenty more where they came from, so I’m thinking there’s a Part II in your future, you lucky dog.

    • Don Frankel 7:29 am on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      All good things come to he who waits.
      All good things come to an end.
      Go figga.


    • mistermuse 8:49 am on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Good (two for) one, Don….more than good enough to use in upcoming Part II, but that post will have to wait long enough for readers to forget that you thought of it first.


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