Monday, January 31, 2011

The English Idioms

What would life be without wonderful idioms? How many times have you sauteed and flavored your colloquial speech (and or offended someone) by using them? 
For example.. the ever popular, NO OFFENSE
Like really, you may as well save your breath, because every time someone uses no offense, its always going to be something quite insulting. For Example :

No offense, Mark, but your girlfriend is a floozy.  Or 
No one likes your taste in clothes, no offense..

Ridiculous. Its like trying to be frank but apologizing for it, and in the end, you still look like a donkey's butt. 
It's almost like "Don't take it personal!" but in reality, you are saying it because you want the person to change their persona.. therefore making it wholly personal. 

Growing up, one of the popular idioms were, "Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words never will!" What a load of barnacles in disguise. The reality is words can strike deeper than any stone and usual do, and mar a person for life.

I sit here and think.. if you switch m to t, you've got yourself a whole new word with a whole different perspective.  Who created this culture of idioms? For whom? To avoid saying things the straight way? 

What other pointless idioms can you think of? 


Nick said...

I hate "needless to say," Because if your comment really doesn't need to be said, then just keep your mouth shut and let me continue watching the game.

Nina "Ninfamous" said...

Haha yes! How about "I could care less" ? Isn't it like ironic? shouldn't it be I couldn't care less? Which is still dumb because if you had something to say about it you could care less.

Nick said...

I totally understand, it's the little things like these that inspired me to purchase a bountiful but people-less island in the South Pacific so I could escape society for good, after college of course.

Nina "Ninfamous" said...

Sounds like heaven! Although.. if it weren't for mindless people, I'd have nothing to blog about :)