For today’s Lame Friday Post, I bring you another edition of Common Expressions Revisited. Warning! This post may become somewhat vulgar. If you don’t think you’ll like that, don’t read. And regular readers KNOW how I feel about the expression TMI (hate it, Hate it, HATE IT!!!).
Kiss my ass. No, no, I’m not telling you to do that. That’s the first expression I want to talk about it. Think about all the people you have told, directly or remotely to kiss your ass (by remotely, I mean, “He/she/they can kiss my ass!)” Now consider the wear and tear on your buns if everyone, or even a portion of that number availed themselves of that generous invitation. Yikes!
Bite me. This is sometimes said as “Bite my butt,” which I kind of prefer, as it has the charm of alliteration. Obviously, this could be even more painful than kissing. In the “Bite me” version, I worry that one does not specify the body part. I feel it leaves one vulnerable.
To my last statement, some of you are no doubt saying, “Well, it goes without saying,” and that is another common expression I take exception to. Very few things actually go without saying. Oh yes, there are a few things we can and do take for granted, like, for example, gravity. But my observation is that people still say them. In other words, “It goes without saying” is usually not the end of the sentence. Usually it’s, “It goes without saying THAT…” Ah yes, there is the variation that it is said in answer, “That goes without saying.” Well, it didn’t go without saying if I just said it, now, did it? I’m just saying.
OK, I guess the first two examples could be considered vulgar, but I feel there an be no possible exception to the third. On my next grammatical excursion, I may discuss the expressions “I think,” “I believe,” and “I feel.” I hope you are all having a delightful Friday.