Sunday, April 30, 2017

Old Dog

New Trick

You're never too old to learn that you can't teach an old dog new tricks!

Of course, I could be wrong . . .


Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Devil's Jobs Program

Shoveling Coal in Hell?

The Devil finds work for idle hands . . . by bringing back the old coal-shoveling jobs.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Verses on Virtue Versus Vice


Doggerel Verses, That Is . . .

Vice is its own reward,
Which draws me ever toward
That said, if sad, back ward.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sometimes even more than you sow . . .


They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind - an astonishingly good return on your investment!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Exceptional Rule

Always a Bad Apple
Sometimes Even a Pear of Them

There's an exception to every rule - except this one.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Always nipping at our heels . . .

Buddy the Blue Heeler

Time is a great heeler.


Monday, April 24, 2017

The Law!

British Law?

The law is an ass . . . in British English.

Does this mean that the law in Britain is a stupid donkey? Not that donkeys are actually stupid. But what are their putative characteristics to which the law's characteristics can be compared? Surely nothing very positive!

Dickens suggests by "idiot" that "ass" signifies "idiocy," but is Dickens the original voice of this so-called proverb?


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Math Anxiety

There's safety in numbers, so go fourth and multiply!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Grammar Rules

Wager Your Wages?

The wages of sin is death to subject-verb agreement.


Friday, April 21, 2017

A Wise Old Saying

Louis Pasteur

In sermons old, they often say what lies:
The age of miracles is pasteurized.
But past your eyes, it can't at all be seen, though even that won't stop our unbeliev'n.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ozark Expressions: Excellently Good!


Here's a good restatement of an excellent, honorable principle:
If you ain't got nuthen' good to say, don't say nuthen'.
Cogitate on that for a while . . .


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scarlett O'Hara's Comeuppance

Gone with the Wind, Cynara

Tomorrow is another day that never comes.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Plans Gone Awry

 "gang aft agley"

"The best-laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley" - a bit like this line of poetry, which was doing fine till it went "gang aft agley"!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Put your money where your mouth is . . .

Rob Peter to pay Paul

Peter: "The best things in life are free."

Paul: "Yeah, yeah - and talk is cheap, but silence is golden. Shut up and give me the money."


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Idol Eyes - The Devil?

Wooden Idols
Carved by Men

The devil finds work for idol hands to do.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Procrastination will be defined later on . . .

Procrastination is the thief of time, but I'll arrest him when I get around to it . . .


Friday, April 14, 2017

A Creature That is Strange

That which does not kill us makes us stranger.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

When Your Lovemaking Activities are Too Loud

Note the Cursive Writing
Google Images

Actions speak louder than words, so SHUT UP!

(This anti-porn message brought to you by Anti-Porn Message Brought to You.)


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Don't get mad! Get mod!

Moderation in all things, including moderation!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Differently Abled

Unable to write "disabled"?

"Put your best foot forward" is ableist advice!

Use an expression that stresses the opposite, for example: "Don't put your worst foot forward." This is disableist advice, the opposite of ableist advice, and therefore better.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Hopeful Little Crooks

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, so steal a little since the theft won't be noticed.


Sunday, April 09, 2017

The S-Word?

The pen is mightier than the s-word.


Saturday, April 08, 2017

But Sometimes More?

Less is more or less less.


Friday, April 07, 2017

The Last Place

Seek and ye shall find it's always in the last place you look.


Thursday, April 06, 2017

Strange Locations: Strange Locutions

at the
Wicket Gate

No rest for the wicket gate.


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Difficult Proverbial Sayings

Dead Burying Dead

Let the dead bury the dead - and the dead won't get buried!


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Sexist Proverb . . . so it must be true!

Knackered Down?

Opportunity never knocks twice at any man's door, but women get knocked up repeatedly!


Monday, April 03, 2017

Glass Houses Revisited

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, fits, or tantrums.

This, by the way, is the glass house concept of architect Carlo Santambrogio, and the article, with its illustrations, can be read here.


Sunday, April 02, 2017

Where's a taxi when you need one?

Nothing is certain but dearth of taxis.


Saturday, April 01, 2017

A Man of Few Words

The Four Ce's

It goes without saying: "Remain Unsaid!"