As I have grown older (not up), I’ve picked up a few sayings/expressions/phrases along the way. Some from college, some from the Army (not all can be repeated in public), some from Germany, some from Scouts, some from work, some from home. A number are a mishmash of German/French/Spanish/Army. Even though I graduated from school many, many decades ago, I am always learning new things/expressions as I encounter new people and situations. Occasionally, a few old sayings will crop up in my conversations with others as the situation presents itself.
Of course, as I hear or encounter new expressions, I will make a mental note of the special ones for future reference/use.
A few of the “jewels” I’ve collected over the years:
- That idea is like a fart in church (nobody wants to claim it)
- Busier than a one armed paper hanger with an itch (one of my favorites)
- If we were having any more fun, we’d have to pay admission to get in the door
- If Barnum and Bailey ever found this place, they’d throw a tent over it and charge admission
- Who’s in charge of this Mickey Mouse operation? Goofy?
- That idea will float like a rock
- That’s about as useful as a screen door on a submarine (an old one)
- I’m not your momma (from the Scouts)
- You’ve mistaken me for someone who cares. I’m a feeling kind of guy, not a caring one. I feel bad, but I just don’t care. (ref Grace Under Fire)
- Sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield
- Sometimes you’re the hammer, sometimes you’re the nail
- Sometimes you’re the dog, sometimes you’re the fire hydrant (my favorite)
- Time to cowboy up and get back in the saddle
- Time to put on your big boy pants
- That’s about as easy as herding cats
- The problem with the Gene pool is there aren't any lifeguards
- Ever stopped to consider some people’s existence is to serve as a warning to others?
- He’s got that seagull style of management down pat (flies in, dumps on everyone, flies off)
- Macht nichts to me (doesn’t matter to me)
- À bientôt (see you later)
- D ‘accord (ok, or I agree)
Macht Nichts to me. I used this earlier today in an e-mail exchange with a couple of engineers. Most ignored it (I doubt they got it) but my buyer came to me on the side and asked me what the hell I said. Sometimes I’ll lapse into my old Army expressions just to get a rise out of people.
How about it? Any expressions you use ad nauseum?