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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , idioms, inspiration & perspiration, , , , song titles,   

    SAY WHAT AGAIN? 

    The use of wordplay in the titles of my last two posts (ROMANCE WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY and ALL’S FARE IN LOVE AND FOUR) doesn’t cancel the reservations I expressed in my 6/1/15 post (SAY WHAT?); i.e., it’s chancy to ‘pun’ old sayings because most people today don’t know them….and if they don’t know the sayings, they won’t get the wordplay.

    Now, granted that some party-poopers may have known the actual sayings (ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY and ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR) behind those titles, but pooh-poohed the wordplay as hardly worth the strain my brain went through to get the end result. Be that as it may, my purpose here is to be ‘test assured’ that my readers are more familiar with once-familiar old sayings than “most people” in the first place — so, if you’re game, here’s a list of 4 old sayings, 4 song titles, and 4 made-up idioms. If you can pick — out of the dozen — 3 of the 4 old sayings, consider yourself a genius. If you get all four right, I will consider you a genius.

    1.  FAINT HEART NE’ER WON FAIR LADY

    2.  A PRETTY GIRL IS LIKE A MELODY

    3.  DISCRETION IS THE BETTER PART OF VALOR

    4.  ANY PLACE I HANG MY HAT IS HOME

    5.  GOOD FECES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS

    6.  FISH AND VISITORS STINK AFTER THREE DAYS

    7.  ANY TIME’S THE TIME TO FALL IN LOVE

    8.  DON’T CHANGE CORPSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREAM

    9.  DON’T THROW COLD WATER ON THE FLAME OF LOVE

    10. GO TO BED WITH THE CHICKENS, WAKE UP WITH THE ROOSTERS

    11. WHILE THE CAT’S AWAY, THE MICE WILL PRAY*

    12. GENIUS IS ONE PERCENT INSPIRATION AND 99 PERCENT PERSPIRATION

    *Apparently they’re church mice.

    So, how do you think you did? If you can’t stand the suspense, hold on to your pants, because I will keep you in suspenders no longer — the old sayings are #1, #3, #6 and #12. Speaking of #12, if you weren’t right at least 3 times of 4, obviously you don’t perspire enough to be a genius.

    As for the other two categories, I made up #5 (“feces” for “fences”), #8 (“corpses” replaces “horses”), #10 and #11 (“pray” is a play on “play”), and the song titles are #2, #4, #7 and #9. What’s that you say — #9 sounds like something I made up, not a song? Well, I hate to throw cold water on your hot tamales, but the proof is in the pudding:

    In  closing, take pride, ye geniuses who passed the test and could dig the rest; let the record show, The wordplay’s the thing.

     

     

     

     
    • renxkyoko 12:18 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good ” feces” and don’t change corpses ….. I was sure they were mistakes. lol

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    • mistermuse 3:40 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I admit they’re not old sayings, but I still think they’re good advice. 🙂

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    • linnetmoss 7:44 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I got the four old sayings! The fish and visitors is a rule to live by, and I do. I believe it has been attributed to Ben Franklin. The first two sayings have a Shakespearean ring. As for the songs, I recognized a couple. Especially A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody, from the Ziegfeld Follies. And now… once more unto the beach.

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      • mistermuse 8:34 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        True to my word, I hereby recognize you as A Pretty Girl — I mean, a genius….well, both actually.
        The first saying definitely has a Shakespearean ring, which is probably why I remember it as I posted it — although when I Googled it that way, all the sites came up FAINT HEART NEVER instead of FAINT HEART NE’ER….but, since I’m a helluva lot older than Google, I decided to take my word for it rather than Google’s.

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        • linnetmoss 6:46 am on August 16, 2016 Permalink

          And the “discretion” one comes from Falstaff, though in slightly different form. Maybe it was already a proverb in the Bard’s day.

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    • Don Frankel 8:23 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I got all the old sayings as well I’m old. Missed one or two of the songs, especially don’t throw cold water on the flame of love. But I got all the word play because that is where we catch the conscious of The Muse.

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      • mistermuse 8:44 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m delighted to crown another genius, Don — if this keeps up, that should prove I have the most literate followers this side of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
        As for the song you missed, that was a tough one (which is why I included the “proof is in the pudding” link).

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    • Cynthia Jobin 10:33 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, MisterMuse, I’m guessing it’s being old that allows me to identify those sayings, because I already know I am not a genius. I remember “Faint heart ne’er won fair lady..” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s IOLANTHE, though I doubt it originated there. And “Discretion…etc.” was spoken by Shakespeare’s Fallstaff in HENRY IV. “Inspiration…perspiration” is definitely Thomas Edison, and I always heard that business about fish and visitors came from Ben Franklin.

      The songs are all familiar, too…except for the last one, which you were kind enough to provide a video of…

      I wonder what Robert Frost would say about your removing the letter “n” from his famous line? Maybe that would make a good sign posted near a dog park as a reminder to pooper scoopers.

      And last, but not least, though I realize it has become accepted in popular parlance, I still scream at the TV every time I hear “the proof is in the pudding”…no, no no! It’s “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

      This was a lot of fun!

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      • mistermuse 2:37 pm on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        As it happens, I own a 1941 book edited by Deems Taylor, titled A TREASURY OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN, which includes the music of IOLANTHE. In that book, I find that G & S titled the song FAINT HEART NEVER WON FAIR LADY, so if my memory of NE’ER (rather than NEVER) is correct, it must indeed have originated earlier, as you suggest. Otherwise, my memory is going the way of all flesh, ne’er to be trusted again. 🙂

        As for “the proof is in the pudding,” I suspect that’s W. C. Fields’ take on the saying, though whether he spiked the pudding with 100 proof, or whatever, probably depended on what was available. Quoting him: “I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.”

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        • Cynthia Jobin 3:30 pm on August 15, 2016 Permalink

          Well, if that’s the kind of “proof” we’re talking about, I have to say I finally understand “the proof is in the pudding.” Thanks for the enlightenment. 🙂

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    • arekhill1 1:40 pm on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      1,3,6 and 12. Didn’t cheat

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      • mistermuse 2:46 pm on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Calling again on W. C. Fields, one of his films was titled YOU CAN’T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN. I assume that includes not being able to cheat oneself — which, of course, makes you an honest man….which, of course, I already knew. Honest!

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    • eths 8:33 pm on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Fun!

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    • GP Cox 1:53 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll pick 3, 4, 7 & 12 as the old sayings.
      [okay – how stupid am I ?]

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    • BroadBlogs 3:50 pm on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      FYI, here are the one’s I’m familiar with — including those wordplayed:

      3. DISCRETION IS THE BETTER PART OF VALOR

      5. GOOD FECES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS

      6. FISH AND VISITORS STINK AFTER THREE DAYS

      8. DON’T CHANGE CORPSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREAM

      11. WHILE THE CAT’S AWAY, THE MICE WILL PRAY*

      12. GENIUS IS ONE PERCENT INSPIRATION AND 99 PERCENT PERSPIRATION

      I’m still wondering at 3, 8, 11.

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    • mistermuse 9:06 pm on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Not knowing quite what to say about your comment, I’ll “go” with #3. 🙂

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

    SO THEY SAY (PART FOUR-POSTER) 

    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?

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    • 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).

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