I’m a big fan of old sayings, but even I concede that some sayings could no more pass the proverbial smell test than a rodent could pass a spell(ing) test. They may seem innoscent enough, but smellegant isn’t the same as elegant, and you must admit that a proverb like A turd in the hand is worth two in the tush is less than elegant. Really, close encounters of the turd kind could leave you holding your nose….if not checking your rear-view mirror.
That said, are such askew old sayings any less farcical than the twisted tweets America’s Tweeter-in-Chief oft twitters? “Fake news!”…”fake news!”…”fake news!” And if ANYONE can smell (like) a rat when it comes to fake news, it is obviously President Tweety Turd.
Leaving the President’s behind for a moment, here are some classic old sayings. Can you make out the fakeout — aka smell the rat — in these venerable gems?
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and mocks like a mocking bird, duck — it’s The Donald.
A watched pot never boils….but it may get a bit peeved.
A rolling stone gathers no animosity.
A fool and his honey are soon parted.
Faint heart ne’er won bare lady.
Oil and water don’t mix — got that, Slick?
You can’t get blood out of a turnip, but you can get honey out of two-lips.
Monkey pee pee, monkey do do (easy come, easy go).
Dead men tell no tales, but some may leave a will which does.
Friends and would-be heirs, some of the above were almost enough to make me gag, but I can assure your butt that not every old phrase strays in dubious ways. For example:
Oh….and I almost forgot this old saying: HAPPY NEW YEAR!