Tagged: sayings Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Big Mama Thornton, , , Hound Dog, , , , rhythm & blues, sayings, similes,   


    In my last post, I noted how politics has gone to the dogs. In this post, I’m thinking about how to retrieve dogs from such uninvited tie-ups and (with WORK LIKE A DOG DAY coming Aug. 5) work toward putting them in respectable company. Given the base point (and I do mean base), you’d think this entails no big feat, but it does give me paws….

    Since there are already more blogs about dogs than you can shake a stick at (including a — dare I say — fetching one by a regular follower of this blog), I don’t want to be a copycat. That would be barking up the wrong tree. So, to give you a different kind of doggy post, I’ve been doggedly digging up old dog doggerel, similes and sayings….but I’ll start young:

    What are little boys made of? Snakes and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails — that’s what little boys are made of. What are little girls make of? Sugar and spice and everything nice — that’s what little girls are made of. 

    It’s a dog eat dog world.
    It’s raining cats and dogs.
    Time to rest my dogs.
    Crooked as a dog’s hind leg.
    Dog days of summer.

    Dog and pony show.
    Every dog has its day.
    Gone to the dogs.
    Let sleeping dogs lie.
    Mean as a junkyard dog.

    Sick as a dog.
    That dog don’t hunt.
    When you lie down with dogs, you’re going to get fleas.
    You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
    It’s a two dog night.

    So, let’s call it a day with two high-class dog songs:


    • calmkate 12:46 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      doggity dog, wolf hounds and jackals .. be dogged if I don’t 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • Garfield Hug 8:22 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Love this post Jack!🐅🐈🐩🐕🐶doggone it…you did it!!☺

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 8:53 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I hope this doggy post didn’t make Garfield jealous, but at least I included “copycat” and “It’s raining cats and dogs.” I’d have said more, but the cat got my tongue. 😦


        • Garfield Hug 9:04 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink

          Lol!! Garfield is cool about it. He just gave Odie a kick and a shove off the sofa!!💕💕🐾🐾

          Liked by 1 person

    • D. Wallace Peach 10:18 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting how many of those sayings put dogs in a negative light when in truth they are such wonderful loving, playful, loyal creatures. I wish we humans were all a little more like dogs. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

    • Carmen 12:49 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello mistermuse! Around here, we have playful seals in the water who are quite curious and will swim close to the shore to be around people. In fact, they’re called, ‘dogs of the sea’!

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 1:43 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I like the expression “dogs of the sea” — all one need do is add an ‘l’ at the end to seal the deal. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Scheel 4:20 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      muse, you’re one clever punster! Sometimes a bit of a “hot dog,” but clever. Say, I have a question. About how many hits do you get on your site when putting up a new post? I’m trying to decide whether it’s worth it to set up my own personal blog site. You can email the answer direct to markscheel@hotmail.com


      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 5:33 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Mark, I emailed the answer to you rather than put it here (I hope the “hot dog” isn’t too cold by this time — maybe you’d prefer the hot dog in the White House)!


    • moorezart 4:28 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Don Frankel 4:32 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse this is the perfect time of the year for this post as we are approaching the Dog Days of Summer.

      This song below was the favorite of the Mets in 2000 when they won the National League Pennant. Unfortunately they ran into the Yankees in the World Series and you could say the big dogs ate the little dogs.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 5:48 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I don’t know who let the dogs out, but it’s the voters who let the dogs in. To them I say….


    • linnetmoss 6:26 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Two dog night? What about a THREE dog night? As I understand it, that’s when it’s so cold that you need three dogs on the bed to keep warm 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • restlessjo 3:55 am on August 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Did I miss Work like a dog day? I must’ve been out enjoying myself. 🙂 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 7:58 am on August 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I rested my dogs on Work Like a Dog Day, but if I were restless, jo, I’m sure I would’ve been out enjoying myself too! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    • Ricardo 12:38 am on August 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Probably they shouldn’t schedule “Work Like a Dog Day” for a Saturday, Sr. Muse.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 8:07 am on August 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Ricardo, you’ll be pleased to learn that next year, WORK LIKE A DOG DAY falls on a Sunday, so to avoid work (at least, in the morning), you can say you have to go to church. The rest of the day you’re on your own, but at least you have a year to think of more excuses.


    • scifihammy 3:08 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Many fun dog sayings 🙂
      Here’s an old joke for you . . .
      1st Man : “My dog has no nose”
      2nd Man: “How does he smell?”
      1st Man: “Terrible!”


      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 4:46 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Love it! In return, here’s an old ‘smile-prompter’ for you: The reason a dog has so many friends is that he/she wags its tail instead of its tongue. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  • mistermuse 12:21 pm on January 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Constitution, Declaration of Independence, inventorsm France, Poor Richard's Almanac, , sayings   


    FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN (Jan. 17, 1706 – Apr. 17, 1790), was a jack-of-all-trades and master of many. No other American, except possibly Thomas Jefferson, has done so many things so well. –WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Ben Franklin indeed did so many things so well that it would take an encyclopedia to chronicle them fully. To touch on but a few, as a statesman he was the only man to sign all four of these foundational American documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaties of Alliance with France and of Peace with Great Britain, and the Constitution. His service as minister to France helped win the Revolutionary War. As a civic leader, he established the world’s first subscription library, raised money to help build the Pennsylvania Hospital for the sick and insane (the first in America), and helped found the academy which became the University of Pennsylvania.

    As an inventor, he cooked up an efficient heating stove, was one of the first to experiment with electricity (famously, and dangerously, flying a homemade kite with a key tied to the end during a thunderstorm), and invented the lightning rod. In this connection, I beg your indulgence with a poem:


    For of all sad words
    Of tongue or pen,
    The almost saddest are these:
    “It might have, Ben.”

    No doubt you’re familiar with Franklin’s POOR RICHARD’S ALMANAC, but did you know why it was so called? He wrote it under the pen name Richard Saunders, an imaginary astronomer, beginning 1n 1733 and published annually for 25 years. It is the source of some of Franklin’s most famous and enduring sayings, such as “A penny saved is a penny earned,” “God helps them that helps themselves” and “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

    But in my research for this post, I found my favorite Franklin quotes to be those with more wit and humor (such as the one that opened my previous post) than I had associated with his writings. Just goes to show that you can’t judge an almanac by its cover. I close with these examples:

    Fish and visitors smell in three days.

    We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

    Many people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they are 75.

    When you are finished changing, you’re finished.

    If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.

    Were I a Roman Catholic, perhaps I should on this occasion [narrowly avoiding a shipwreck] vow to build a chapel to some saint, but as I am not, it should be to build a lighthouse.

    The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.

    Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

    The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished.

    I’m finished.




    • scifihammy 12:42 pm on January 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      An amazing man – and some excellent quotes 🙂


    • mistermuse 2:16 pm on January 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. It was fun learning that Franklin could be a fun guy (as opposed to a fungi).


    • arekhill1 2:57 pm on January 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You forgot my favorite, “Only the bold deserve the fair.” I expect it got Ben laid many times. It’s worked for me, too, and I always credit the author when it does.


    • mistermuse 3:02 pm on January 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know if Ben said it first, but “Whatever works.”


    • Marie Lough 9:49 pm on January 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great writing and information – and I love your sign off, too!


    • mistermuse 10:37 pm on January 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      And I love comments like yours — except I may have trouble getting my hat off if I receive many more.


      • Michaeline Montezinos 2:15 am on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I find it difficult to top these comments, which are all true. So I will say I liked the title to your poem about Ben Franklin also. “KITE-TASTROPHE”…now that is an original!!!


    • mistermuse 8:36 am on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think I read in my research for this post that Franklin never ran for public office. If he were alive now, he probably wouldn’t be elected if he did run — he was too practical and believed in getting things DONE. Today, ideology rules and pragmatism can go fly a kite!


      • Joseph Nebus 3:42 pm on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, no, no. Franklin was elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature (before his appointment as Postmaster General), and in the 1780s served as the President of Pennsylvania, which is what they called their governor back then.


    • mistermuse 4:52 pm on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. My bad. I should’ve re-checked, rather than relying on memory (especially at my age).


    • Don Frankel 7:10 pm on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Richard the IVth is right here. Ben got laid a lot and he has a few quotes on that too.


    • mistermuse 11:27 pm on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It seems that Ben was always working on something, even when laying down on the job.


  • mistermuse 3:05 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: axioms, expressions, , , lightbulbs, , , sayings, Seeing is believing, , , turnips, ,   


    Time once again for another exciting episode of SO THEY SAY, so let’s get back to where Part Two left off, and continue putting the right slant on some questionable old axioms. My readers deserve nothing less, because….well, they just don’t.


    The best things in life are free.
    Nevertheless, donations are acccepted for this and all previous and future posts.

    She will talk to a wooden Indian.
    That’s why I keep a wooden Indian around the house.

    You can’t get blood out of a turnip.
    Try praying harder.

    The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
    Try praying harder, but only for small turnips. If they fall hard enough, the big turnips should bleed on their own.

    It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
    Or, you could pay your electric bill or replace that burned-out bulb.

    Six of one, half dozen of another.
    The correct Jeopardy! answer is: How many Ricardos and Dons does it take to change a lightbulb?

    Seeing is believing.
    How true. I see much better now, after turning on the candle in the light socket.

    She can’t help being ugly, but she could’ve stayed home.
    Maybe she had to run out and buy a thesaurus.

    There’s no fool like an old fool.
    I prefer to think of it as being special.

    Say what you mean and mean what you say.
    But don’t be mean when you say it.

    • arekhill1 11:17 am on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Are you just checking if I’m reading, Sr. Muse? As a writer, I am capable of changing a lightbulb by myself, but only after it goes on an emotional journey.


    • Don Frankel 4:46 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Since it takes 12 government employees to change a light bulb you can have both of us. Then you might need a few others as the 12 government employees would have a meeting to change the light bulb. That would not necessarily get the bulb changed. In which case you might be sitting in the dark until you lit a candle or hired a private contractor to change the light bulb.


    • mistermuse 5:01 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Ricardo, would I ever doubt your loyalty? (Don’t answer that).

      Actually, you and Don were the unfortunate victims of desperation on my part with regard to “Six of one, half dozen of another.” Rejoinders to the other axioms came to me fairly readily, but try as I may, that one had me stumped until I thought of the old joke about how many Polacks does it take to change a lightbulb?

      Apologies to you, Don and any Polacks who may be tuned in.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 10:03 am on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I accept your apology since I knew you were jesting. My brother called me a “Polack,” and I was upset. Of course, he was in his cups and he is Polish, too. I enjoyed your revisions of these common mottoes or cliches. Please include me in future bulb changing episodes as I am not as sensitive as others can be and not easily offended. Funny stuff mistermuse. I always enjoy your writing. 🙂


    • mistermuse 4:48 pm on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Michaeline. I was almost hoping that you wouldn’t see my “Polack” explanation, as I remembered that you’re part Polish, and I didn’t want to offend, though I agree it shouldn’t offend. There are lots of jokes about drunken Irishmen, for example, but I’m not sensitive about them although I’m part Irish. Maybe it’s because Irishmen can laugh at themselves.


  • mistermuse 7:36 pm on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , 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, , , sayings, 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: , , , , sayings,   


    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.


Compose new post
Next post/Next comment
Previous post/Previous comment
Show/Hide comments
Go to top
Go to login
Show/Hide help
shift + esc