There are three sayings off the top of my head (oops, that’s another one) that seem strange or highly false to me. Here goes:
1. “Ahh, I slept like a baby last night!” – So, you awoke every few hours because you were hungry and then, having realized your discomfort, decided you needed to awaken the rest of humanity? Hm, I’m sorry you slept so badly … and I’m sorry for anyone who lives with you.
2. “Can I pick your brain?” – No, Hannibal! Get away from me! I mean, where did that phrase even come from!?! Gross – just gross.
3. Sorry for this one but it must be said: All the phrases having to do with … well, throwing up. I refuse to go into them here. REFUSE! I mean, we’ve all been there and it ain’t pretty. No matter who you are, how sophisticated, good looking, intelligent, etc., you’ve lost the contents of your stomach through the opposite route they were meant to take. Why don’t we have a nicer way of referring to this deplorable state instead of descriptions that make the hearer that much more likely to loose it themselves?
Phrases usually have interesting origins and are often regional. They sure make our language unique. While some phrases are downright mind boggling, others are perfectly apt to the situation.
What are sayings that strike you as odd, false, or just plain wrong? Please share in the fun in the comments.