Saturday, August 8, 2015


Recently I came across a phrase in common usage and wondered about its origin. Looking the phrase up on "Google", I found the results interesting. That led me to researching the origin of more sayings, many of which were both interesting and surprising. 

Looking up the origin of many phrases led to the idea of writing a poem about the subject. Hey, there are not too many poems about phraseology! After writing the poem, I was faced with the task of finding a picture to go with the poem . . . . Not easy!

The picture, found on the internet, has no connection to phrases or sayings. Well, maybe the picture is open to a hidden interpretation like some of the phrases.



We hear many catchy phrases everyday
Adding color to what we chose to say
“Can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear”
Is a well-known saying one might hear

“Don’t take wooden nickels” or “Buy a pig in a poke”
“Play it close to the vest” to avoid going broke
Remember. ..“Don’t change horses in midstream”
And “Steady as she goes” to achieve your dream

Like a lonely drifter traveling all alone
“No moss is gathered by a rolling stone”
Riding a zealous bronco without a saddle
One could be “Up the creek without a paddle

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow”
So “Out on a limb” the daring souls can go
Without caution, “Woe might be their lot”
Stuck between a rock and a hard spot

“Don't count your chickens before they hatch”
“A bird in the hand is worth two in the thatch”
“To all good things, the end must come”
So it is with this poem . . . time to succumb!



My favorite saying: "Behold the turtle, he moves ahead only when his neck is stuck out!" 


In the United States, the deceased are said to be: "Pushing up daisies".  In France they are: "Eating dandelions by the root"

Do you have a favorite saying. . . . .  Please share in the comments

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