So, today I am basically here to rant.🙄 The holidays are here and I am trusting y’all are having a great time.
I have compiled top 10 popular phrases and idioms that literally makes no sense to me.
1. More grease to your elbow
This is an idiomatic expression that is said to praise a person’s success and also urge them to continue working harder. But, do you have to gross me out by saying “more grease to my elbow”. The last thing I literally want is to have grease on my elbow. I subconsciously clean my elbow like there is grease on it when someone tells me this.
2. Sleep like a baby
This supposedly means to sleep peacefully. But, babies literally wake up like 10 times through out the night to yell and scream for a thousand reasons. Why would anyone want to sleep like a baby for christsakes?!
3. Grow some balls
This means to man-up and respond maturely to a given situation or problem. I find it ironic because balls are soft and sensitive. A better alternative should be ‘grow some vagina’ because those things can take a good pounding.💁
4 Being the third wheel
A third wheel is someone who is unnecessary to a group and is tagging along. I think it would have made more sense if they said something like ‘fifth wheel’ because tricycles work perfectly with three wheels but no vehicle needs a fifth wheel.
5. Three’s a crowd
How the hell is three a freaking crowd?!
6. Head over heels
This means being madly in love. But the problem is this, our heads are already over our heels.
7. You can’t have your cake and eat it (too)
I think this should be ‘you can’t eat your cake and still have it’ — which would really mean you can’t enjoy both of two desirable but mutually exclusive alternatives.
8. Jack of all trades master of none
Is this really true? You can be Jack of all trades and master of some.
9. Don’t touch that dial!
Radio and Tv presenters always say this and follow it up with “we will be right back”.
IMO, we no longer rotate the dial to change Tv stations and radio channels so the right way to say it should be “Don’t press that button, we will be right back”
10. Nothing to write home about
So, back in the day, letter writing was the real deal and it took weeks and months for posted letters to finally get to their destination. Therefore, if there was no important information to be passed across, then there was nothing to write home about.
People still use this idiom till today which doesn’t make sense because nowadays, even if something isn’t worth writing home about, someone would probably still make a Facebook status or tweet about it.
Feel free to drop popular phrases that you think makes no sense literally or otherwise. I would like to hear from you.#happyholidays