Turn A Phrase…

A funny thing happened to me on the way to writing this week’s post…I lost my train of thought. However, since we’re writing about figures of speech, I suppose that I should take the bull by the horns and use it…it could be as good as gold. It’s like a light bulb just went off in my head.

I had every intention of bending your ear about the ones I use regularly, but for the life of me, they just won’t come to mind. Those chickens have flown the coop.

I could go on until the cows come home about ones that have thrown me for a loop, like something “selling like hotcakes.”( Really? Did hotcakes ever sell that well, anywhere?)

I knew a woman who, although she was built like a brick house and was as cute as a bug,  was the salt of the earth and smart as a whip, but English phrases confused her when she read high-brow British works. Agatha Christie was really more her cup of tea and reading the line,  “A mare’s nest” , left her scratching her head. She had asked that if I ever ran across a dictionary that could straighten her out to give her a holler,( a phrase touched on last week).

I did stumble across a book of that caliber while I was searching high and low in Barnes and Noble many moons ago: The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. I was a happy camper when I found it, but it broke my heart that I could not scare-up June’s address to tell her about it. We had lost touch and  I was as mad as a wet hen when it sunk in . It is a crying shame thatshe fell through the cracks.

If you are a lingo-maniac, a soul-mate of mine, you’d have a ball with that book! It has everything from A-to-Z, Soup-to-Nuts, the whole enchilada when it comes to phraseology and terms with historical and literary allusions. I could read it ‘till my dying day and still never get my fill of it. I’m dead to the world while I have my nose in that book. I’ve been in hot water because a bomb could go off under me and I still can be lost in my own world when reading it. I get carried awaylike nobody’s business.

I’d rather die than find myself up to my neck in similes and metaphors  when I turn a phrase or when I  put pen to paper;I  usually  avoid them like the plague. However, I’m going to stick my neck out for  today’s post and risk making a fool of myself. I know I  could be courting trouble.

This post could have been my fall from grace, but I’m going to pat myself on the back, since I could have thrown in the towel when I thought I blew it. It could have fallen flat as a pancake, (Or the aforementioned hotcakes),but I think I landed on my feet. I should quit while I’m ahead and stop harping on it.

It hit me like a ton of bricks, (which is just as heavy as a ton of feathers…they may be rougher, but it would be a lot smaller)…but I’m running around in circles. That should be a red flag and I shouldn’t have to have the house fall on me and this post become dead as a doornail before I get the message to leave before I get the boot.

Won’t you jump on the bandwagon and join the party? Be a team player and run with this. Wouldn’t you like to add your two cents?

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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26 Responses to Turn A Phrase…

  1. Jeanne Theunissen says:

    I think you just about “have it covered” Tonette. You’re “going like a house on fire.”


  2. Jeanne Theunissen says:

    Well, I “wracked my brain” and “put my thinking cap on” to see if I could “come up with” anything more. I “searched high and low” and “left no stone unturned” in my quest to find popular phrases, but I just “hit a blank wall.”


  3. jeff7salter says:

    Beautifully done. Absolutely super!


  4. Stephy says:

    You did a ‘bang up job’. At first I thought you were ‘running around in circles’ ‘to pull our leg’. Wonderful job Tonette. Love it!


  5. Carol Todd says:

    This was “too good to be true.” You’ve done a fantastic job, and should be in competition with the folks who wrote the book(s) you mentioned. I have one on my bookshelf but have never read it! I could re-read it “til the cows come home,” but “time flies,” and I have to attend my granddaughter’s finale performance at summer art camp this afternoon. I’m “meeting myself coming and going”: trying to be ready to video that performance, so again, congrats on the winning post. It’s fabulous!


  6. Carol Todd says:

    I could re-read your post, not the book I mentioned! It’s just another one of those that sits on the shelf, “just in case.”


  7. Iris Blobel says:

    Brilliant, Tonette, brilliant. Loved it. What a great post 🙂


  8. Loved this! Years ago, back when I lived in the UK, a friend gave me a copy of “Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable” – v. similar to the one you cite. It’s a wonderful book, perfect for wiling away an afternoon when I supposed to be doing research…!


    • Aren’t they, though? I collect dictionaries, thesauruses, etc, and can just sit down and read them but the Phrase and Fable books are like reading one short story after another.
      Thanks for boosting me up , Rachel. Thanks for visiting me.


  9. pjharjo says:

    Ah Yes, Tonette. I Loved your blog. You really ‘took the bit in your teeth and ran with it’! 🙂


  10. I’m glad you ‘came aboard’,Janette!


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