My blogging friend Brendan recently posted various idioms that he uses in everyday speech. It got me to thinking about things that I always say and why I say them. I managed to come up with a few.
1. One of my most beloved idioms is “curses!” I remember being on the phone at work with a nurse and something about the computer wasn’t working or I did the wrong thing and I said “curses” half way under my breath. She totally called me on it – “did you just say ‘curses’?” Alas, I did. I think I picked it up as a way to keep from uttering profanities in a work environment or other situations where a certain level of professionalism is required. And, oh yeah, I totally got it from the Power Puff Girls.
2. Another one I use in a work situation to keep from actually cursing is “God bless it!” It sounds pretty tame, but you know that when I’m whipping that out, things have gone from bad to worse. No idea where it came from – probably my wife.
3. For many years now, I have used the British term “bloody” quite a bit. I realize it really is vulgar – or has been in the past – in the UK, but I feel like the connotations are just not there in the U.S. It usually gets a laugh from the person who hears me say it, which helps defuse situations in which “bloody” might actually get used.
4. One that Heidi and I use a lot in jest is “I could just brain him/her!” referring to people that frustrate us. I really can’t remember the source of this either, although I’m inclined to believe it was my friend Jeff’s mom. I seem to recall him telling stories in which she said that. Tinas, am I right on this?
Apropos of nothing, I’m kind of fascinated with idioms for dying. Kick the bucket, circle the drain – you know them. The one that bothers me though is “bought the farm.” Surely it should be “sold the farm.”
I would love to hear phrases others use. Thanks for the idea, Brendan!